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Will County, Illinois
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Will County, Illinois Facts

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Will County

When was Will County, IL Created?
Will County was established on January 12, 1836 from Cook County and Iroquois County. This county was named for Conrad Will (1779-1835),  physician, local businessman and longtime member of the state legislature .

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

What counties are adjacent to Will County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Cook County (north), DuPage County (north), Lake County, Indiana (east), Kankakee County (south), Grundy County (southwest), Kendall County (west), Kane County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Will County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Aurora, Beecher, Bolingbrook, Braidwood, Channahon, Coal City, Crest Hill, Crete, Diamond, Elwood, Frankfort, Godley, Homer Glen, Joliet, Lemont, Lockport, Manhattan, Minooka, Mokena, Monee, Naperville, New Lenox, Orland Park, Park Forest, Peotone, Plainfield, Rockdale, Romeoville, Sauk Village, Shorewood, Steger, Symerton, Tinley Park, University Park, Wilmington, Woodridge.

What Townships are in Will County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Lockport, Joliet, Homer, Jackson, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Channahon, Custer, Crete, DuPage, Peotone, Plainfield, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Reed, Troy, Wheatland, Washington, Wesley, Will, Wilmington, Wilton.

Will County, IL Vital Records

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

Will County, IL Census Records

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

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

Will County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Will County Courthouse

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

  • Will County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 14 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60432
  • Will County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Address: 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL 60432
    • Phone: 815-740-4615
    • Marriage Records: 1836
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
  • Will 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.
    • Address: 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL 60432
    • Phone: 815-740-4637
    • Land Records:1835
  • Will 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: 815-727-8592
    • Probate Records: 1837
    • Court Records: 1836
  • Will 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, White County, Will County genealogical records
  • 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

Will County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Will Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Will Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Will Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Will Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Will Co. IL General and History Websites

Will Co. IL Military Records

Will Co. IL Schools & Directories

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