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Kankakee County, Illinois
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Kankakee County, Illinois Facts

When was Kankakee County, IL Created?
Kankakee County was established on February 11, 1853.

What is the County Seat of Kankakee County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Kankakee (Name changed from Kankakee Depot in 1855) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Kankakee County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Will CountyLake County, Indiana, Newton County, Indiana, Iroquois CountyFord CountyLivingston CountyGrundy County

Kankakee County, IL Census Records

What Kankakee County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Kankakee County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Kankakee County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Kankakee County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Kankakee County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Kankakee County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Illinois residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Kankakee County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Kankakee County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Kankakee Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Kankakee Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Kankakee Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Kankakee Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Kankakee Co. IL General and History Websites

Kankakee Co. IL Military Records

Kankakee Co. IL Schools & Directories