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Whiteside County, Illinois
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Whiteside County, Illinois Facts

Whiteside County

When was Whiteside County, IL Created?
Whiteside County was established on January 16, 1836 from Jo Daviess County and Henry County. This county was named for Samuel Whiteside (1783-1868), state legislator and militia leader .

What is the County Seat of Whiteside County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Morrison (prior county seats was Lyndon from 1839–1841, Sterling from 1841–1842), Lyndon from 1842–1846, Circuit Court at Sterling, County Commissioners’ Court at Lyndon from 1846–1847, Sterling from 1847–1857) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Whiteside County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Carroll County (north), Ogle County (northeast), Lee County (east), Bureau County (southeast), Henry County (south), Rock Island County (southwest), Clinton County, Iowa (west)

What cities and towns are in Whiteside County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Albany, Coleta, Deer Grove, Erie, Fulton, Lyndon, Morrison, Prophetstown, Rock Falls, Sterling, Tampico.

What Townships are in Whiteside County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Jordan, Hume, Hopkins, Fenton, Erie, Genesee, Fulton, Garden Plain, Hahnaman, Albany, Coloma, Clyde, Prophetstown, Portland, Lyndon, Montmorency, Mount Pleasant, Newton, Sterling, Union Grove, Ustick, Tampico.

Whiteside County, IL Vital Records

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

Whiteside County, IL Census Records

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

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

Whiteside County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Whiteside County Courthouse

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

  • Whiteside County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 E. Knox St., Morrison, IL 61270-2698
  • Whiteside County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Phone: 815-772-5189
    • Marriage Records: 1857
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
  • Whiteside 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: 815-772-5192
    • Land Records:1838
  • Whiteside 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: 815-772-5188
    • Probate Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1838
  • Whiteside 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

Whiteside County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Whiteside Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Whiteside Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Whiteside Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Whiteside Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Whiteside Co. IL General and History Websites

Whiteside Co. IL Military Records

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