Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy
|Woodford County, Illinois|
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||February 27, 1841|
|Address|| 115 N. Main, Suite 202|
Eureka, IL 61530
|Named for: Woodford County, Kentucky|
- 1 Woodford County Information
- 2 Records and Resources
- 2.1 Cemeteries
- 2.2 Census
- 2.3 Church Records
- 2.4 Court Records
- 2.5 Ethnic Research
- 2.5.1 African American
- 2.5.2 History
- 2.5.3 Land and Property
- 2.5.4 Maps
- 2.5.5 Military Records
- 2.5.6 Naturalization
- 2.5.7 Newspapers
- 2.5.8 Probate Records
- 2.5.9 Repositories
- 2.5.10 Public Records
- 2.5.11 Taxation
- 2.5.12 Vital Records
- 2.5.13 Voter Registration
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Web Sites
- 5 References
Woodford County Information
|Beginning Dates for Woodford County Records|
- 1841--Woodford County was created 27 February 1841 from Tazewell and McLean Counties. County seat: Eureka 
- 1831-1841 McLean
- 1827-1831 Tazewell
- 1821-1827 Fayette
- 1819-1821 Clar
- 1816-1819 Crrawford
- 1815-1816 Edwards
- 1827-1841 Tazewell
- 1825-1827 Peoria
- 1821-1825 Sangamon
- 1817-1821 Bond
- 1812-1817 Madison
- 1801-1812 St. Clair
- 1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory
Records and Resources
Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
- Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
- Find A Grave also gives a list of cemeteries in Woodford County and links to the information for the individuals buried there.
- Woodford Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
- Illinois Cemeteries by county.
- The Family History Library Catalog lists some records of cemeteries in Woodford County. Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries.
- ePodunk list of Woodford County cemeteries gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
|IL Counties 1900-1990|
1854-1859 County Court Record IRAD-ISU
The following have information concerning African American research.
- African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records
- Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
- African-American Resources for Illinois
Large numbers of Kentuckians settled in frontier Woodford County, Illinois. The name of the county (Woodford) is reminiscent of Woodford County, Kentucky - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.
Land and Property
1841-1928 Deed Index IRAD-ISU
1833-1928 Deed Record IRAD-ISU
Land Records available at the Family History Library
1812 Soldiers of 1812 etc.: whose bounty land grants were located in Woodford County, Illinois. by A.F. Marxhall, L.J. Freese and Milo Custer. FHL film 823572 item 6 and FHL book: 977.3 A1 no. 1. second copy 977.3 A1 no. 218.
1832-1893 Grantee and Grantor Indexes. Woodford County Clerk. FHL films 1401898-1401900
Woodford County, El Paso and Metamora 1876 from the David Rumsey Map Collection.
- War 1812
Militry Land Grants Woodford County Illinois for Soldiers of the War of 1812 - USGenWeb
1861-1863 Militia Roll Record IRAD -ISU
1863-1865 Militia Discharge Record, Civil War IRAD-ISU
1913-1941 Mother's Pension Applications IRAD-ISU
1931-1934 Mother's Pension Accountts IRAD-ISU
- Civil War
Civil War service men from Woodford County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Woodford County.
- - 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- - 77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C, F,and H.
- - 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- - 86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
Grand Army of the Republic
Woodruff Post, Washburn 1913 - USGenWeb
1883 Federal Pension - USGenWeb
1855-1906 Naturalization Papers. Woodford County Court. FHL 1401869-1401871
1861-1901 Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. FHL 1401866-1401867
1867-1906 Naruralization Records. Woodford County Court. FHL film 1401866 Item 2 - 1401867
1842-1847 Probate Claim Dockets IRAD-ISU
1869-1964 Probate Will Record IRAD-ISU
1870-1956 Probate Inventory Record IRAD-ISU
1877-1853 Probate Widow's Relinquishment and Selection Record IRAD-ISU
Probate records available at the Family History Library
1846-1866 Probate Order Book; Will Record 1869-1925; Guardian record, 1866-1908; Probate record, 1745-1876. Woodford County Court. FHL film 1401860 - 1401869
Archives and Libraries
Illinois Regional Archives Depository - IRAD
Illinois State Universtiy - ISU
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Normal, Illinois 61802
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County
Family History Centers
Societies and Libraries
1868-1957 Almshouse Register IRAD-ISU
1868-1893 Poor Farm Monthly Reports IRAD-ISU
1917-1940 Poor Farm Case Files IRAD-ISU
1842-1879 Tax Sale Record IRAD-ISU
1842-1878 Tax Forfeiture Record IRAD-ISU
1853-1871 Tax Deed Affidaviats IRAD-ISU
1860-1880 Tax Judgment Record IRAD-ISU
1857-1888 Tax Assessment Abstracts IRAD-ISU
1877-1916 Birth Record Index IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library. FHL film 1401898
1841-1901 Marriage Record Index IRAD-ISU
Marriage records available at the Family History Library
1841-1902 Marriage Index. Woodford County Clerk. FHL film 1401898 Items 2-3
1841-1870 Early Marriages performed in Woodford County, Illinois. by Lucy Palmer Frane. FHL film 848656 and second filming 908198 and FHL Book 977.353 V25f
1841-1848 Early Marriages of Woodford County - USGenWeb
1877-1915 Death Record Index IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library FHL Film 1401898 Item 4
1910-1917 Death Record, Coroner's IRAD-ISU
1865-1890 Voter Registers IRAD-ISU
Places / Localities
Databases Pertinent to Woodford County
Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957)
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Hardin County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.