McHenry County, Illinois Facts
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McHenry County Facts
- Government Website: www.co.mchenry.il.us
- Created Date / Origin: January 16, 1836 from Cook County and unorganized land
- County Seat: Woodstock was named Named Centreville until 1844 (prior county seats was McHenry from 1837–1843)
- Named After: Major William McHenry (c. 1771-1835), officer in during several campaigns against Native Americans and member of the Illinois legislature
- Bordering Counties: Walworth County, WI (north), Kenosha County, WI (northeast), Lake County (east), Cook County (southeast), Kane County (south), DeKalb County (southwest), Boone County (west)
- Cities, Towns & Villages: Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Cary, Woodstock, Huntley, Fox Lake, Island Lake, Harvard, Marengo, Johnsburg, Spring Grove, Lakemoor, Fox River Grove, Barrington Hills, Wonder Lake, Lakewood, Oakwood Hills, Richmond, Prairie Grove, Hebron, Bull Valley, McCullom Lake, Port Barrington, Holiday Hills, Union, Trout Valley, Ringwood, Greenwood
- Townships: Hebron, Hartland, Grafton, Greenwood, Algonquin, Alden, Chemung, Burton, Coral, Dorr, Dunham, Nunda, McHenry, Marengo, Seneca, Richmond, Riley
McHenry County Genealogical & Historical Societies and Family History Resources
A list of McHenry County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Illinois State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- McHenry County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 184, Crystal Lake, IL 60039-0184
- Northern Illinois University (NIU), Illinois Regional Archives Depository, c/o Regional History Center, Founders Memorial Library, Rm. 400, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115; 815-753-1807
- McHenry County, Illinois Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in McHenry County
- McHenry County, Illinois Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for McHenry County
- USGenWeb Archives for McHenry County
McHenry County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of McHenry County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and worries of the many Illinois people.
The chances are very good that your forefathers have left a detailed record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the McHenry County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.
Remember to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will help people in finding the materials, but it's up to the person to perform the researching.
The below information and facts denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records will be in McHenry County. The dates stated listed below tend to be the first noted documents for this particular county.
- McHenry County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098
- McHenry County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
- Phone: 815-334-4242
- Marriage Records: 1837
- Birth & Death Records: 1877
- McHenry 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: 815-334-4110
- Land Records:1839
- McHenry 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: 815-334-4310
- Probate Records: 1840
- Court Records: 1838
- McHenry 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.
- Illinois Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from January 1, 1916 and Marriage & Divorces since January 1 1962. 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.
McHenry County Links
The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to McHenry 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. Feel free to provide your own preferred McHenry County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.
McHenry Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
McHenry Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications
McHenry Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records
McHenry Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
McHenry Co. IL Census Records
McHenry Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards
McHenry Co. IL Church & Bible Records
McHenry Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
McHenry Co. IL General and History Websites
- McHenry County, Illinois Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
- McHenry County Fact Sheet (cyberdriveillinois.com)
- History of McHenry County, Illinois (search.ancestry.com)
- History of McHenry County, Illinois : together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, (search.ancestry.com)
- McHenry County, Illinois Wiki (familysearch.org)
- McHenry Co. IL Genealogy (kindredtrails.com)
- Family History Library (familysearch.org)
- McHenry County, Illinois (linkpendium.com)
- Cyndi's List - United States - Illinois - Counties - McHenry (cyndislist.com)
- McHenry County Illinois (genealogytrails.com)
- McHenry Co. ILGenweb (ilgenweb.net)
- McHenry County Genealogy Queries (cousinconnect.com)
- McHenry Co. Data Collections (search.ancestry.com)
McHenry Co. IL Military Records
- Illinois Military Records (fold3.com) gives easy access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents belonging to the Illinois both males and females that served. Suitable for McHenry County genealogists, researchers, historians plus much more.