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Jo Daviess County, Illinois
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Jo Daviess County, Illinois Facts

JoDaviess County

When was Jo Daviess County, IL Created?
Jo Daviess County was established on February 17, 1827 from Henry County and Putnam County. This county was named for Joseph Hamilton Daveiss (1774-1811), commander of the Indiana Dragoons at the Battle of Tippecanoe .

What is the County Seat of Jo Daviess County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Galena also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Jo Daviess County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Lafayette County, WI (north), Stephenson County (east), Carroll County (southeast), Jackson County, Iowa (southwest), Dubuque County, Iowa (northwest), Grant County, WI (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Jo Daviess County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Apple River, East Dubuque, Elizabeth, Galena, Hanover, Menominee, Nora, Scales Mound, Stockton, Warren.

What Townships are in Jo Daviess County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Hanover, East Galena, Elizabeth, Guilford, Berreman, Apple River, Council Hill, Derinda, Dunleith, Rawlins, Pleasant Valley, Nora, Menominee, Scales Mound, Rice, Rush, Vinegar Hill, Stockton, Thompson, West Galena, Wards Grove, Warren, Woodbine.

Jo Daviess County, IL Vital Records

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

Jo Daviess County, IL Census Records

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

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

Jo Daviess County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Jo Daviess County Courthouse

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

  • Jo Daviess County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 330 N. Bench St., Galena, IL 61036
  • Jo Daviess 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 815-777-0161 ; Recorder 815-777-9694
    • Marriage Records: 1830
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1828
  • Jo Daviess 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: 815-777-0037
    • Probate Records: 1828
    • Court Records: 827
  • Jo Daviess 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

Jo Daviess County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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