Rock Island County, Illinois

Rock Island County

Rock Island County was founded on February 9, 1831 from Jo Daviess County. This county was named for Rock Island.

The Rock Island County Seat is located in Rock Island (prior county seats was Farnhamsburg [House of John Barrell] from 1833–1835, Stephenson from 1835–1841, Name changed to Rock Island in 1841) also, the county government website is www.rockislandcounty.org/ .

Areas bordering to Rock Island County are  Clinton County, Iowa (north), Whiteside County (northeast), Henry County (southeast), Mercer County (south), Louisa County, Iowa (southwest), Muscatine County, Iowa (west), Scott County, Iowa (northwest)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in Rock Island County include  Andalusia, Buffalo Prairie, Campbell's Island (unincorporated), Carbon Cliff, Castle Junction, Coal Valley, Cordova, Coyne Center, East Moline, Edgington, Ginger Hill, Hampton, Hillsdale, Illinois City, Milan, Moline, Oak Grove, Port Byron, Rapids City, Reynolds, Rock Island, Rock Island Arsenal, Taylor Ridge, Silvis.

Townships located in Rock Island County include  Hampton, Edgington, Buffalo Prairie, Bowling, Blackhawk, Andalusia, Coal Valley, Coe, Canoe Creek, Cordova, Drury, Port Byron, Moline, South Moline, South Rock Island, Rock Island, Rural, Zuma.

Rock Island 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 Rock Island 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.

Rock Island 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.

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

Rock Island County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Rock Island County Courthouse and Government Records


Rock Island County Courthouse

frequently fail to notice the significance of Rock Island 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 Rock Island 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 Rock Island 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.
  • Rock Island County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1504 Third Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201
  • Rock Island County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Phone: 309-558-3570
    • Marriage Records: 1833
    • Birth & Death Records: 1861 / 1877
  • Rock Island 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) 558-3360
    • Land Records:1835
  • Rock Island 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: (309) 558-3313
    • Probate Records: 1835
    • Court Records: 1834
  • Rock Island 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.

Rock Island County Links

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

Rock Island Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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Rock Island Co. IL Census Records

Rock Island Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Rock Island Co. IL Church & Bible Records

Rock Island Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rock Island Co. IL General and History Websites

Rock Island Co. IL Military Records

Rock Island Co. IL Schools & Directories

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