McHenry County, Illinois

McHenry County

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 .

The McHenry County Seat is located in Woodstock was named Named Centreville until 1844 (prior county seats was McHenry from 1837–1843) also, the county government website is www.co.mchenry.il.us .

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 CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath 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.

McHenry County Societies and Family History Resources

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

McHenry County Courthouse and Government Records


McHenry County Courthouse

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.

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.
  • McHenry County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098
  • McHenry County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Phone: 815-334-4242
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
  • McHenry 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: 815-334-4110
    • Land Records:1839
  • McHenry 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: 815-334-4310
    • Probate Records: 1840
    • Court Records: 1838
  • McHenry 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.

McHenry County Links

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.

McHenry Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

McHenry Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

McHenry Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

McHenry Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

McHenry Co. IL Census Records

McHenry Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

McHenry Co. IL Church & Bible Records

McHenry Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

McHenry Co. IL General and History Websites

McHenry Co. IL Military Records

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