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Kankakee County, Illinois Facts

Kankakee County

When was Kankakee County, IL Created?
Kankakee County was established on February 11, 1853 from Ford County, Iroquois County and Will County. This county was named for the Kankakee River .

What is the County Seat of Kankakee County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Kankakee (Name changed from Kankakee Depot in 1855) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Kankakee County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Will County (north), Lake County, Indiana (northeast), Newton County, Indiana (east), Iroquois County (south), Ford County (southwest), Livingston County (southwest), Grundy County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Kankakee County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Kankakee, Momence, Aroma Park, Bonfield, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Buckingham, Chebanse, Essex, Grant Park, Herscher, Hopkins Park, Irwin, Limestone, Manteno, St. Anne, Reddick, Sammons Point, Sun River Terrace, Union Hill.

What Townships are in Kankakee County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Limestone, Kankakee, Essex, Ganeer, Bourbonnais, Aroma, Pembroke, Pilot, Norton, Otto, Manteno, Momence, St. Anne, Rockville, Salina, Sumner, Yellowhead.

Kankakee County, IL Vital Records

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

Kankakee County, IL Census Records

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

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

Kankakee County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Kankakee County Courthouse

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

  • Kankakee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 189 E. Court St., Kankakee, IL 60901
  • Kankakee County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Phone: 815-937-2990
    • Marriage Records: 1853
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
  • Kankakee County Recorder of Deeds serves the people of County by 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: 815-937-2980
    • Land Records:1832
  • Kankakee 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: 815-937-2905
    • Probate Records: 1853
    • Court Records: 1853
  • Kankakee 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

Kankakee County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Kankakee Co. IL Schools & Directories

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