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Carroll County, Illinois Facts

Carroll County

When was Carroll County, IL Created?
Carroll County was established on February 22, 1839 from Jo Daviess County. This county was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737–1832), signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of Maryland.

What is the County Seat of Carroll County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Mount Carroll (prior county seats was Savanna from 1839–1843) also, the county government website is carroll-county.net .

What counties are adjacent to Carroll County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Stephenson County (northeast), Ogle County (east), Whiteside County (south), Clinton County, Iowa (southwest), Jackson County, Iowa (northwest), Jo Daviess County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Carroll County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Lanark, Mt. Carroll, Savanna, Milledgeville, Chadwick, Shannon, Thomson.

What Townships are in Carroll County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Fairhaven, Elkhorn Grove, Freedom, Cherry Grove-Shannon, Mount Carroll, Rock Creek-Lima, Salem, Savanna, Washington, Woodland, Wysox, York.


Carroll County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Carroll County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Carroll 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 Carroll 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.


Carroll County, IL Census Records

What Carroll County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Carroll 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.

Carroll Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Carroll Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Carroll 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


Carroll County, IL Courthouse and Government Records


Carroll County Courthouse

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

  • Carroll County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 301 N. Main, Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
  • Carroll 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: Clerk's Office (815) 244-0221 ; Recorder's Office (815) 244-0223
    • Marriage Records: 1839
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1837
  • Carroll 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) 244-0282
    • Probate Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Carroll 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.
  • 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

Carroll County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Carroll Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Carroll Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Carroll Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Carroll Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Carroll Co. IL General and History Websites

Carroll Co. IL Military Records

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