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Will County, Illinois
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Will County, Illinois Facts

Will County, Illinois genealogy and family history research. Find links to record collections, history, and genealogy resources to help you trace your Will Co., ancestors. Get started by building a Free Family Tree.

When was Will County, IL Created?
Will County was established on January 12, 1836.

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 CountyDuPage CountyLake County, Indiana, Kankakee CountyGrundy CountyKendall CountyKane County

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 1790-189019001910192019301940.

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?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Will 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 Will 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.

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