Iroquois County, Illinois

Iroquois County

Iroquois County was founded on February 26, 1833 from unorganized land (Vermilion County). This county was named for the Iroquois Native Americans .

The Iroquois County Seat is located in Watseka (prior county seats was Montgomery from 1837–1839, Middleport from 1839–1865) also, the county government website is www.co.iroquois.il.us .

Areas bordering to Iroquois County are  Kankakee County (north), Newton County, Indiana (east), Benton County, Indiana (east), Vermilion County (south), Ford County (west)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in Iroquois County include  Gilman, Watseka, Ashkum, Beaverville, Buckley, Chebanse, Cissna Park, Clifton, Crescent City, Danforth, Donovan, Iroquois, Loda, Martinton, Milford, Onarga, Papineau, Sheldon, Stockland, Thawville, Wellington, Woodland.

Townships located in Iroquois County include  Iroquois, Fountain Creek, Ashkum, Artesia, Ash Grove, Beaverville, Beaver, Belmont, Chebanse, Danforth, Crescent, Concord, Douglas, Prairie Green, Pigeon Grove, Onarga, Papineau, Martinton, Lovejoy, Loda, Middleport, Milks Grove, Milford, Sheldon, Ridgeland, Stockland.

Iroquois 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 Iroquois 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.

Iroquois 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.

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

Iroquois County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Iroquois County Courthouse and Government Records


Iroquois County Courthouse

frequently fail to notice the significance of Iroquois 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 Iroquois 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 following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Iroquois county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, court records, and so forth. Some records lost or damaged (18 years) due to a Fire on October 16, 1866

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.
  • Iroquois County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka, IL 60970
  • Iroquois 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: County Clerk 815-432-6960 ; Recorder 815-432-6962
    • Marriage Records: 1866
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1834
  • Iroquois 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: 815-432-6950
    • Probate Records: 1834
    • Court Records: 1834
  • Iroquois 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.

Iroquois County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Iroquois 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 Iroquois County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

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Iroquois Co. IL Census Records

Iroquois Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Iroquois Co. IL Church & Bible Records

Iroquois Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Iroquois Co. IL Military Records

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