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Stark County, Illinois Facts

Stark County

When was Stark County, IL Created?
Stark County was established on March 2, 1839 from Knox County and Putnam County. This county was named for Gen. John Stark (1728-1822), general in the American Revolutionary War, called the "Hero of Battle of Bennington" .

What is the County Seat of Stark County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Toulon also, the county government website is starkco.illinois.gov .

What counties are adjacent to Stark County, IL?
Bordering Counties are   Bureau County (north), Marshall County (east), Peoria County (south), Knox County (west), Henry County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Stark County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Bradford, La Fayette, Toulon, Wyoming.

What Townships are in Stark County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Essex, Elmira, Goshen, Penn, Osceola, Valley, Toulon, West Jersey.


Stark County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Stark County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Stark 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 Stark 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.


Stark County, IL Census Records

What Stark County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Stark County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Stark Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Stark Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Stark Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide


Stark County, IL Courthouse and Government Records


Stark County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Stark County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Stark County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • Stark County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 130 W. Main St., Toulon, IL 61483
  • Stark County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are 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: 309-286-5911
    • Marriage Records: 1839
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1817
  • Stark 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: 309-286-5941
    • Probate Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1839
  • Stark 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.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Stark County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Stark County, IL?
A list of Stark County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Illinois Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Stark County, IL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Stark County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Stark 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.

Stark Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Stark Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Stark Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Stark Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Stark Co. IL General and History Websites

Stark Co. IL Military Records

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