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Bureau County, Illinois Facts

Bureau County

When was Bureau County, IL Created?
Bureau County was established on February 28, 1837 from Putnam County. This county was named for Pierre de Bureo, Frenchman, North American fur trader.

What is the County Seat of Bureau County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Princeton also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Bureau County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Lee County, Putnam County, LaSalle County, Marshall County, Stark County, Henry County, Whiteside County

What cities and towns are in Bureau County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the 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.

What Townships are in Bureau County, IL?
Townships located in the 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, IL Vital Records

Where can find Bureau County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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, IL Census Records

What Bureau County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bureau County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Bureau County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Bureau County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bureau County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Bureau County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • 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, Illinois Voters and Tax-Payers Directory, 1877
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Bureau County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bureau County, IL?
A list of Bureau County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Illinois Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Bureau County, IL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bureau County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

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Bureau Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

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Bureau Co. IL General and History Websites

Bureau Co. IL Military Records

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