McLean County, Illinois
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McLean County

McLean County was founded on December 25, 1830 from Tazewell County and unorganized land. This county was named for John McLean (1791-1830), United States Representative and United States Senator from Illinois (the latter from 1824-1825 and 1829-1830) .

The McLean County Seat is located in Bloomington, was named Blooming Grove until 1831 also, the county government website is www.mcleancountyil.gov .

Areas bordering to McLean County are  Woodford County (northwest), Livingston County (northeast), Ford County (east), Champaign County (southeast), Piatt County (south), DeWitt County (south), Logan County (southwest), Tazewell County (west)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in McLean County include  Anchor, Arrowsmith, Bellflower, Bloomington, Carlock, Chenoa, Colfax, Cooksville, Danvers, Downs, Ellsworth, Gridley, Heyworth, Hudson, Le Roy, Lexington, Merna, McLean, Normal, Saybrook, Shirley, Stanford, Towanda.

Townships located in McLean County include  Lexington, Lawndale, Hudson, Empire, Funk’s Grove, Gridley, Blue Mound, Bloomington, Bloomington City, Arrowsmith, Allin, Anchor, Bellflower, Cheney’s Grove, Chenoa, Dawson, Danvers, Dale, Cropsey, Downs, Dry Grove, Randolph, Old Town, Normal, Martin, Mount Hope, Money Creek, Towanda, White Oak, West, Yates.

McLean 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 McLean 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.

McLean County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

McLean County Societies and Family History Resources

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

McLean County Courthouse and Government Records


McLean County Courthouse

frequently fail to notice the significance of McLean 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 McLean 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.

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.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in McLean county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, court records, and so forth. Some records lost or damaged in a fire on June 19, 1900

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.
  • McLean County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address:115 E. Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61701
  • McLean County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Phone: 309-888-5190
    • Marriage Records: 1831
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
  • McLean 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: (309) 888-5170
    • Land Records:1831
  • McLean 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....
    • Address: McLean County Law and Justice Center, 104 W. Front St., Bloomington, IL 61701
    • Phone: 309-888-5301
    • Probate Records: 1831
    • Court Records: 1831
  • McLean 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.

McLean County Links

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

McLean Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

McLean Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

McLean Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

McLean Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

McLean Co. IL Census Records

McLean Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

McLean Co. IL Church & Bible Records

McLean Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

McLean Co. IL General and History Websites

McLean Co. IL Military Records

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