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Lake County, Illinois

Lake County

Lake County was founded on March 1, 1839 from McHenry County. This county was named for Lake Michigan .

The Lake County Seat is located in Waukegan was originally named Little Fort until 1849 (prior county seats was Burlington from 1839–1841) also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to Lake County are  Kenosha County, WI (north), Allegan County, Michigan (northeast), Van Buren County, Michigan (east), Berrien County, Michigan (southeast), Cook County (south), McHenry County (west)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in Lake County include  Waukegan, North Chicago, Highland Park, Zion, Lake Forest, Park City, Highwood, Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Gurnee, Round Lake Beach, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, Deerfield, Lake Zurich, Lindenhurst, Barrington, Beach Park, Wauconda, Fox Lake, Antioch, Island Lake, Long Grove, Winthrop Harbor, Lincolnshire, Lake Bluff, Round Lake Park, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Villa, Round Lake, Fox River Grove, Lake Barrington, Barrington Hills, Riverwoods, Green Oaks, Kildeer, Deer Park, Wadsworth, North Barrington, Lakemoor, Hainesville, Bannockburn, Third Lake, Round Lake Heights, Tower Lakes, Port Barrington, Mettawa, Old Mill Creek, Indian Creek, Volo.

Townships located in Lake County include  Libertyville, Lake Villa, Ela, Fremont, Grant, Benton, Antioch, Avon, Cuba, Moraine, Newport, Shields, Vernon, West Deerfield, Warren, Waukegan, Wauconda, Zion.

Lake 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 Lake 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.

Lake 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.

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

Lake County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Lake County Courthouse and Government Records

Lake County Courthouse

frequently fail to notice the significance of Lake 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 Lake 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 below information and facts denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records will be in Lake County. The dates stated listed below tend to be the first noted documents for this particular county.

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.
  • Lake County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 18 N. County St., Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Lake County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Phone: 847-377-2400
    • Marriage Records: 1839
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
  • Lake 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: 847-377-2575
    • Land Records:1839
  • Lake 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: 847-377-3380
    • Probate Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1840
  • Lake 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.

Lake County Links

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

Lake Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lake Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lake Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lake Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lake Co. IL Census Records

Lake Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lake Co. IL Church & Bible Records

Lake Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lake Co. IL General and History Websites

Lake Co. IL Military Records

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