Bureau County, Illinois

Bureau County

Bureau County was founded on February 28, 1837 from Putnam County. This county was named for Pierre de Bureo, Frenchman, North American fur trader.

The Bureau County Seat is located in Princeton also, the county government website is www.bureaucounty.us .

Areas bordering to Bureau County are  Lee County (north), Putnam County (southeast), LaSalle County (east), Marshall County (south), Stark County (southwest), Henry County (west), Whiteside County (northwest)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in Bureau County include  Arlington, Buda, Bureau Junction, Cherry, Dalzell, De Pue, Dover, Hollowayville, La Moille, Ladd, Malden, Manlius, Mineral, Neponset, New Bedford, Ohio, Princeton, Seatonville, Kasbeer, Sheffield, Spring Valley, Tiskilwa, Walnut, Wyanet.

Townships located in Bureau County include  Leepertown, Lamoille, Indiantown, Fairfield, Gold, Greenville, Hall, Bureau, Berlin, Arispie, Clarion, Concord, Dover, Princeton, Ohio, Macon, Manlius, Milo, Mineral, Neponset, Selby, Walnut, Westfield, Wheatland, Wyanet.

Bureau County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Bureau County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Bureau County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bureau Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bureau Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bureau Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Bureau County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Bureau County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Bureau County Courthouse and Government Records


Bureau County Courthouse

frequently fail to notice the significance of Bureau County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and worries of the many Illinois people.

The chances are very good that your forefathers have left a detailed record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Bureau County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The below information and facts denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records will be in Bureau County. The dates stated listed below tend to be the first noted documents for this particular county.

Remember to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will help people in finding the materials, but it's up to the person to perform the researching.
  • Bureau County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 700 S. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356
  • Bureau County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 815-875-2014
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Birth & Death Records: 1878
    • Land Records: 1817
  • Bureau County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 815-872-2001
    • Probate Records: 1837
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Bureau County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.

Bureau County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Bureau County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own preferred Bureau County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Bureau Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bureau Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bureau Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Bureau Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Bureau Co. IL Census Records

Bureau Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Bureau Co. IL Church & Bible Records

Bureau Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bureau Co. IL General and History Websites

Bureau Co. IL Military Records

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