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Illinois Census Notes

Between 1680-1763, Illinois was controlled by the French.

Between 1763-1783, control of Illinois was in the hands of Great Britain.

Between 1800 and 1809, Illinois was included in Indiana Territory.

On 3 March, 1809, Illinois Territory was created.

Federal Illinois census records begin in 1820 and census enumerations were taken every ten years thereafter. Census years available to the public are: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.

Soundex code indexes for Federal Illinois census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920.

1890 Federal census schedules (including the Veterans and Widows census) were completely destroyed by a 1921 warehouse fire with the exception of a small fragment of McDonough County ED 174. See 1890 Federal Census Fragments at Ancestry.

Illinois state census records were enumerated in 1810, 1820, 1830, 1835, 1840, 1845, 1855 & 1865. See 1825-1865 State Census Records Search at Ancestry. Also See IL State Census for more information about the Illinois State Census.

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Learn what questions were asked in each census year and where to find census records online.  This section of Census Finder covers each census year from 1790-1940 and will give you clues and tips to help you learn to locate your ancestors quickly in census records.

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Illinois Vital Records

Illinois Dept. of Health

Division of Vital Records
605 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62702-5097
Phone: (217) 782-6553

Death records 1916-1943 are on file at the Illinois State Archives and can be obtained at no charge.

Illinois State Archives

Margaret Cross Norton Building

Capitol Complex

Springfield, IL 62756

Phone: (217) 782-4682

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Online Books

1882 History of Bond & Montgomery Counties

1887 History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties

US Census Records

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(American Territory: 1787.  Territory: 1809.  Statehood: 1818)

Statewide Illinois Census Records Online

1732 Census of Fort De Chartres (claimed to be the beginning of Illinois)

1787 Census of Kaskaskia

1807 Indiana Territory Census (Covers all of Southern Illinois)

1810-1890 Federal Census Records for Illinois at Ancestry

1810 & 1818 Illinois Census Returns at Ancestry

1825-1865 State Census Records for Georgia at Ancestry

1840 Federal Census Revolutionary War Pensioners - Statewide

1850 Federal Census Index and 1850 Census Images

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index and Images

1855 Illinois State Census Index

1860 Federal Census Index

1865 Illinois State Census Index

1870 Federal Census Index and 1870 Census Images

1880 Federal Census - Search and View the images

1880 Federal Census Search at Family Search

1880 Federal Census Extraction of Southern Illinois Penitentiary

1890 Federal Census Fragments

1900 Federal Census Index and 1900 Census Images

1910 Federal Census Index

1920 Federal Census Index

1930 Federal Census Index at Family Search

1940 Federal Census Index and 1940 Census Images

Illinois State Databases of Census Records & Genealogy Records


Other IL Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes

Early Illinois Settlers

1807 Voters List


IL Census Records Online by County

Johnson County Census Records (formed 1812 from Randolph)

1800-1820 Federal Census Surname Index

1820 Federal Census Records Transcription

1830 Federal Census Records Transcription

1835 Census of Pensioners

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription (partial)

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1860 Federal Census Extracts

Other Records

Military Records

Kane County Census Records (formed 1836 from LaSalle)

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1850 Federal Census Products of Industry Schedule

1855 State Census of Deaf, Dumb, Blind and Insane

1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1880 Federal Census of Patients at the Illinois Northern Hospital for the Insane

1880 Federal Census Schedules for Defective, Dependent and Delinquent Classes

1880 Federal Census Schedules of Poor Houses and Institutions

Other Records

1840 Voters Lists

1844 Voters List for Elgin

1858-1859 Gazetteer and Business Listings of Kaneville

1859-1860 County Directory

1864 Elgin Special War Tax List

1871 Business Directory

1881-1884 Circuit Court Indexes

1888 Business Directory of Kaneville

1893 Gazetteer and Business Listings of Kaneville

Early Families extracted from 1908 History of Kane County, IL

Early Settlers of Kane County, Illinois

Early Settlers in Kaneville, Illinois

1904 Biographies

1908 Ladies Aid Society Members

1910-1911 City Directory of Aurora is located here.

1918 Prairie Farmers Directory

Civil War Personnel 127th U.S. Infantry

Pioneers of St. Mary's Parish

Kankakee County Census Records (formed 1853 from Iroquois & Will)

Other Records

Military Records

1876 City Directory

1877-1916 Birth Records Index

1877-1916 Death Records Index

1906 History of Kankakee County

Kendall County Census Records (formed 1841 from Kane & LaSalle)

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription

Other Records

Land Records & Plat Maps

Military Records

1842 Tax List

1870 Atlas - Land Owners

1878 List of Physicians

1887-1903 Birth Records

1887-1903 Death Records

Knox County Census Records (formed 1825 from Fulton)

1830 Federal Census Records

1840 Federal Census Records (partial)

1850 Federal Census of Abingdon Cedar Twp.

1850 Federal Census of Galesburg Twp.

1850 Federal Census of Harrison Twp.

1850 Federal Census of Hendersonville Twp.

1850 Federal Census of Maquon Twp.

1850 Federal Census - Non White Residents

1880 Federal Census of Sparta

1883 Pensioners Census (Civil War)

1883 Pensioners Census (War of 1812)

Other Records

Annals of Knox County, Illinois

Knox County's First Settlers

1832-1900 Will and Estate Index

1893 Souvenir of Knoxville - Online Book in PDF Format

1878 History of Knox County, IL

1886 Portrait & Biographical Album of Knox County

1912 History of Knox County

1917-1919 Knox County Honor Roll - Online Book

Lake County Census Records (formed 1839 from McHenry)

Other Records

County History and Early Settlers

1852 Township Histories and First Settlers

Lake County Old-Timers Alphabetical Names List

Civil War Soldiers and Records

LaSalle County Census Records (formed 1831 from Putnam & Vermilion)

1850 Federal Census Index.  Surnames starting with:
[A]   [B]   [C]   [D-E]   [F]   [G]   [H]   [I-K]   [L]   [M]   [N-O]   [P-Q]   [R]   [S]   [T-V]   [W-Z]
1850 Federal Census   Page #:
[178A-186A]   [186B-194B]   [195A-203A]   [204A212A]   [212B-220B]
[221A-229B]   [230A-231B]   [232A-240A]   [240B-248B]   [249A-257A]
[257B-266A]   [266B-274B]   [275A-283A]   [283B-285B]   [286A-294A]
[294B-303A]   [303B-312A]   [312B-321A]   [321B-329B]   [330A-338A]
[338B-347B]   [348A-356A]   [356B-359B]   [360A-366B]   [367A-375A]
[375B-378B]   [379A-388B]   [389A-393A]

1900 Federal Census Index of ED 32

1900 Federal Census of ED 32 - pages 31A-33B

1900 Federal Census of ED 32 - pages 34A-36A

1900 Federal Census of ED 32 - pages 36B-39A

Other Records

Civil War - 53rd Illinois Infantry

1948 St. Bede College and Academy Year Book

Lawrence County Census Records (formed 1821 from Crawford & Edwards)


1830 Federal Census Records

1850 Federal Census Index.  Surnames starting with:
[A-C]   [D-I]   [J-L]   [M-Q]   [R-U]   [V-Z]
1850 Federal Census   Page #:
[1A-9A]   [9B-17B]   [18A-26A]   [26B-34B]   [35A-43A]
[43B-52A]   [52B-60B]   [61A-69A]   [69B-73B]

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription at IL GenWeb

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription at IL GenWeb

1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1883 Census of Pensioners at ILGenWeb

1883 Pensioners Roll

1920 Federal Census Index and Census Transcription (partial)

1920 Federal Census (partial)  ED #:
[143]    [144]    [145]    [146]    [147]

Other Records

Blackhawk War Veterans

Civil War Records

WWII Honor Roll at ILGenWeb

1917 Farmers Directory

Lee County Census Records (formed 1839 from Ogle)

Other Records

Amboy News Index

Lee County History Book Indexes

Pre 1900 Ashton Newspapers Index to the Ashton Press and Ashton Sentinel

1851-1947 Dixon Telegraph Newspaper Index Search Engine

1863-1941 Plat Books, Maps and Indexes

1872 Plat Book Names Index  (PDF File)

1881 Old Settlers List

1900 Plat Book Names Index (PDF File)


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