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Henry County, Illinois Facts

Henry County

When was Henry County, IL Created?
Henry County was established on January 13, 1825 from unorganized land (Fulton County). This county was named for Patrick Henry (1736-1799), American Revolutionary War figure and first and sixth Governor of Virginia.

What is the County Seat of Henry County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Oquawka (prior county seats was Richmond from 1837–1839, Geneseo was temporarily appointed to house records from 1839–1840, Morristown from 1840–1843) also, the county government website is www.co.henry.il.us .

What counties are adjacent to Henry County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Whiteside County (northeast), Bureau County (east), Stark County (southeast), Knox County (south), Mercer County (west), Rock Island County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Henry County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Alpha, Andover, Annawan, Atkinson, Bishop Hill, Cambridge, Cleveland, Coal Valley (partial), Colona, Galva, Geneseo, Hooppole, Kewanee, Orion, Woodhull.

What Townships are in Henry County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Kewanee, Hanna, Edford, Geneseo, Galva, Burns, Annawan, Andover, Alba, Atkinson, Clover, Cambridge, Colona, Cornwall, Phenix, Osco, Oxford, Loraine, Lynn, Munson, Wethersfield, Western, Weller, Yorktown.


Henry County, IL Vital Records

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


Henry County, IL Census Records

What Henry County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Henry County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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


Henry County, IL Courthouse and Government Records


Henry County Courthouse

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

  • Henry County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 S. Main, Cambridge, IL 61238
  • Henry 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: 309-937-3481 ; 309-937-3585
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1836
  • Henry 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: 309-937-3572
    • Probate Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Henry 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

Henry County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Henry Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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Henry Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Henry Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Henry Co. IL General and History Websites

Henry Co. IL Military Records

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