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McHenry County was founded on January 16, 1836 from Cook County and unorganized land. This county was named for Major William McHenry (c. 1771-1835), officer in during several campaigns against Native Americans and member of the Illinois legislature .
Areas bordering to McHenry County are Walworth County, WI (north), Kenosha County, WI (northeast), Lake County (east), Cook County (southeast), Kane County (south), DeKalb County (southwest), Boone County (west)
Cities, Towns & Villages located in McHenry County include Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Cary, Woodstock, Huntley, Fox Lake, Island Lake, Harvard, Marengo, Johnsburg, Spring Grove, Lakemoor, Fox River Grove, Barrington Hills, Wonder Lake, Lakewood, Oakwood Hills, Richmond, Prairie Grove, Hebron, Bull Valley, McCullom Lake, Port Barrington, Holiday Hills, Union, Trout Valley, Ringwood, Greenwood.
Townships located in McHenry County include Hebron, Hartland, Grafton, Greenwood, Algonquin, Alden, Chemung, Burton, Coral, Dorr, Dunham, Nunda, McHenry, Marengo, Seneca, Richmond, Riley.
McHenry 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 McHenry County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
McHenry 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.
McHenry Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. McHenry Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. McHenry Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of McHenry County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
frequently fail to notice the significance of McHenry 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 McHenry 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 McHenry County. The dates stated listed below tend to be the first noted documents for this particular county.
The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to McHenry 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 McHenry County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.