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Stephenson County, Illinois
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Stephenson County, Illinois Facts

Stephenson County

When was Stephenson County, IL Created?
Stephenson County was established on March 4, 1837 from Jo Daviess County and Winnebago County. This county was named for Benjamin Stephenson (1769-1822), representative of Illinois Territory in the United States Congress from 1814 to 1816 .

What is the County Seat of Stephenson County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Freeport also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Stephenson County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Green County, WI (north), Winnebago County (east), Ogle County (southeast), Carroll County (southwest), Jo Daviess County (west), Lafayette County, WI (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Stephenson County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Cedarville, Dakota, Davis, Freeport, German Valley, Lake Summerset, Lena, Orangeville, Pearl City, Ridott, Rock City, Winslow.

What Townships are in Stephenson County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Lancaster, Kent, Harlem, Jefferson, Florence, Erin, Freeport, Buckeye, Dakota, Oneco, Loran, Silver Creek, Rock Run, Rock Grove, Ridott, Waddams, West Point, Winslow.

Stephenson County, IL Vital Records

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

Stephenson County, IL Census Records

What Stephenson County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Stephenson 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.

Stephenson Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Stephenson Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Stephenson 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

Stephenson County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Stephenson County Courthouse

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

  • Stephenson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 15 N. Galena Ave., Freeport, IL 61032
  • Stephenson 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: 815-235-8289
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Birth & Death Records: 1878
    • Land Records: 1837
  • Stephenson 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: 815-235-8266
    • Probate Records: 1837
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Stephenson 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

Stephenson County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Stephenson Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

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Stephenson Co. IL Military Records

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