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Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy

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Guide to '''Woodford County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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=== Woodford County Organization ===
Woodford County's civil records start the following years:  {| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"|-| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Woodford County, Illinois. Page 192-199 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 194-197.</ref></center>
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| width="10014.2%" bgcolor="#ffcc99e4d8e5" align="center" colspan| '''[[Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="6center" | &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; '''Beginning Dates for [[Woodford County , Illinois Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Birth_Records1871 | width="14.2%" align="center" |Birth]]''' 1841| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]''' 1871| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Death_Records|Death]]''' 1841| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Census|Census]]''' 1832| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]''' 1841| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''1810
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| widthcolspan="16.6%" align="center7" | 1877<br> | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1841<br> | width="16Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916.6%" align="center" | 1877<br> | width="16General compliance by 1922.6%" align="center" | 1850<br> | width="16.6%" align="/center" | 1831<br> | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1841<br>
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Woodford County are kept, see the [[Woodford County, Illinois Courthouse|Woodford County Courthouse]] page.
=== Historical Facts ===
=== Parent County ===
*'''1841--'''Woodford County was created 27 February 1841&nbsp;from, [[Tazewell County, Illinois Genealogy|Tazewell]] and [[McLean County, Illinois Genealogy|McLean]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Eureka <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> ==== Description ==== The county was named for Woodford County, Kentucky. The county seat is Eureka and the county was organized on 27 February 1841. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Woodford County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodford_County,_Illinois 04/20/2017.</ref>
=== Boundary Changes ===
=== Record Loss ===
 For a list There is no known history of record loss courthouse disasters in Illinois counties see: [http://wwwthis county.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-counties/#courthouse Illinois Counties with Burned Courthouses]
== Records and Resources ==
=== Cemeteries ===
{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Woodford}} {| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%; "|-| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Woodford, Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, ''' online and military information, as well as religious affiliationin print</center>|-| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" valign="top" style="border:1px solid black" | *[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com] *[http://woodford.illinoisgenweb.org/cemeteries.html ILGenWeb] *[http://usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/woodfcem.htm ILGenWeb Archives] *[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/woodford.htm Tombstone Project] *[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries. php?selected_cid=102 Illinois Gravestones]
*[httphttps://www.findagravebilliongraves.com/cgisearch# Billion Graves]|-bin/fg.cgi?page| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture "border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information Cemetery Records in Find A Grave.Print |Often more complete]])</center>|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black"|
*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi{{FHL|371018|subject-bin/fg.cgi?pageid|disp=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=791 list of cemeteries in Woodford County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.Family History Library}}
*[http://usgwtombstoneswww.worldcat.org/illinois/woodford.htm search?q=su%3Acemetery+Woodford Co.+Illinois&nbsp;ILqt=advanced&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Projectdblist=638 WorldCat] usually gives the names |-| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.County'''</center>|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black" |
*[httphttps://www.illinoisgenealogyfindagrave.orgcom/cemeteriescemetery-browse/USA/Illinois/Woodford-County?id=county_791 Findagrave.htm Illinois Cemeteriescom] by county.
*The [httphttps://wwwbilliongraves.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FamilySearch Catalog/frameset_fhlc.asp FamilySearch Catalog] lists {{FHL|371018|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in Woodford County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http:/com/books.google.comsearch/advanced_book_search Google Bookscemetery Billion Graves] or available at public libraries.
*[httphttps://graveyards.com/Illinois/Woodford Graveyards of Illinois]*[https://www.epodunkfamilysearch.comorg/research/cgi-binplaces/localList.php?localreqParents=6810392584&locTGroupreqParentsLabel=CemeteriesWoodford%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&directionreqParentsType=down209&secreqTypes=020&qtyreqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]|-| colspan=52&stateAbbv"2" bgcolor=&stateName"#E0E0E0" style= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Woodford County cemeteries"border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Illinois Cemeteries]] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to ''' for more information such as address, phone number, and web site.</center>|}
=== Census ===
{{USCensusPop Historical populations|type = USA|heading = Census|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodford_County,_Illinois#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".] |1850 |4415 |1860 |13282 |1870 |18956 |1880 |21620 |1890 |21429 | 1900= |21822 | 1910= |20506 | 1920= |19340 | 1930= |18792 | 1940= |19124 | 1950= |21335 | 1960= |24579 | 1970= |28012 | 1980= |33320 | 1990= |32653 | 2000= |35469 | 2010= |38664| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990] }}
=== Church Records ===
'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392584&reqParentsLabel=Woodford%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]'''
=== Court Records ===
=== Maps ===
 [[Image:Ilwoodford.jpg{{IL Neighboring Counties Intro|600px|Ilwoodford.jpg]] county={{IL Woodford County}}}}
*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/4c60h7 Woodford County, El Paso and Metamora 1876] from the David Rumsey Map Collection.
*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392584&reqParentsLabel=Woodford%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
=== Military Records ===
*[[Union Veterans' and Lineage Society Records|'''Grand Army of the Republic''']] (GAR)
*A list of [http://www.suvcw.org/garrecords/garposts/il.pdf GAR Post in Illinois], additional site&nbsp; for post list in Illinois, [http://www.loc.gov/rr/main/gar/ Library of Congress]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/military/civilwar/rosters/garwoodr659nmt.txt Woodruff Post], Washburn 1913 - USGenWeb
The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Illinois State University|ISU IRAD Wiki page.]]
<br>'''1855-1906''' Naturalization Papers. Woodford County Court. {{FHL|215299|item|disp=FHL 1401869-1401871}}
'''1861-1901''' Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. {{FHL|215117|item|disp=FHL 1401866-1401867}}
'''1867-1906''' Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. {{FHL|58738|item|disp=FHL film 1401866 Item 2 - 1401867}}
'''''Online Records''''' *'''1800-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1989159|Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images *'''1795-1925''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/woodford/passport_apps.html Woodford County, Illinois Passport Applications]&nbsp; [http://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/ Genealogy Trails History Group]
=== Newspapers and Obituaries ===
'''Online Probate Records'''
*'''1772 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9048 Illinois Wills and Probate Records 1772-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — images
==== Family History Centers ====
{{FamilySearch Family History Centers Intro}}
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Woodford County.
Illinois State Universtiy - ISU<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 1-309-452-6027
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - [httphttps://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/irad.pdf Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County]
==== Public Libraries ====
=== Societies ===
'''Lexington Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc.'''<br> 318 West Main Street<br>Lexington, Illinois 61753<br>Telephone Number: 309-365-4591<br>E-mail:[mailto:thefortoflex@aol.com thefortoflex@aol.com]<br>[http://www.lexingtonillinoisfort.org/ Website]<br><br>   [http://www.eureka.lib.il.us/community/wchs/ Woodford County Historical Society]
=== Taxation ===
==== Marriage Records ====
 
:*'''1587-1959''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=illinois%2cil Illinois, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
:*[http://www.archive.org/stream/journalofillinoi1412illi#page/151/mode/1up Early Marriages in Woodford County, Illinois] ([http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archives])
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
:*[http://www.archive.org/stream/journalofillinoi1412illi#page/151/mode/1up Early '''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages in Woodford County, Illinois] (1805-1985}} at [httphttps://www.archivefamilysearch.org/ Internet Archivessearch FamilySearch])— index
:*'''18411810-19011934''' Marriage Record '''Index''' IRAD{{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-ISU1934}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
:*'''Marriage records available at the Family History Library1833-1889'''{{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
:*'''1810–19341841-1848''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at [httpshttp://familysearchfiles.usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/vitals/marriages/1841-1848.org FamilySearchtxt 1841-1848 Early Marriages] — index and imagesof Woodford County - USGenWeb :*'''1841-1901''' Marriage Record '''Index''' IRAD-ISU
:*'''1841-1902 '''Marriage '''Index'''. Woodford County Clerk. {{FHL|9347|item|disp=FHL film 1401898}} Items 2-3
:*'''1841-1870''' ''Early Marriages Performed in Woodford County, Illinois''. by Lucy Palmer Frane. {{FHL|267402|item|disp=FHL film 848656 and second filming 908198}} and FHL Book 977.353 V25f
:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/vitals/marriages/1841-1848.txt 1841-1848 Early Marriages] of Woodford County - USGenWeb==== Death Records ====
==== Death Records ====:*'''1749-1999''' {{RecordSearch|3541609|Illinois Deaths and Burials, 1749-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, some images :*'''1850-1880''' {{RecordSearch|2334599|Illinois Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
:*'''1877-1915''' Death Record '''Index''' IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library {{FHL|9355|item|disp=FHL Film 1401898}} Item 4
:*'''1910-1917''' Death Record, Coroner's IRAD-ISU
=== Voter Registration ===
=== Populated Places ===
 
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://illinois.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,203,c,woodford.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Woodford County, Illinois," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodford_County,_Illinois, accessed 9 March 2020.</ref>
 
{{Populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Paso,_Illinois El Paso]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka,_Illinois Eureka]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minonk,_Illinois Minonk]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cazenovia,_Illinois Cazenovia]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowpoint,_Illinois Lowpoint]
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*Oak Ridge
*Spires
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodford,_Illinois Woodford]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cazenovia_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Cazenovia]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Clayton]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruger_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Cruger]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Paso_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois El Paso]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Greene]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Kansas]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linn_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Linn]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamora_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Metamora]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minonk_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Minonk]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Montgomery]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olio_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Olio]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Palestine]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panola_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Panola]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partridge_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Partridge]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Roanoke]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Bay_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Spring Bay]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worth_Township,_Woodford_County,_Illinois Worth]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_View_Gardens,_Illinois Bay View Gardens]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benson,_Illinois Benson]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congerville,_Illinois Congerville]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_Creek,_Illinois Deer Creek]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germantown_Hills,_Illinois Germantown Hills]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodfield,_Illinois Goodfield]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kappa,_Illinois Kappa]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamora,_Illinois Metamora]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panola,_Illinois Panola]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke,_Illinois Roanoke]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secor,_Illinois Secor]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Bay,_Illinois Spring Bay]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washburn,_Illinois Washburn]
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=== Neighboring Counties ===
*[[Tazewell County, Illinois Genealogy|Tazewell]]
== Web Sites Websites ==
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/woodford-county/ Woodford County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[http://illinois-genealogyldsgenealogy.com/IL/Woodford-County-Genealogy.cfm htm Woodford County IL Genealogy] *[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104195621376697101310 Illinois Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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