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County Information
Livingston County was founded on February 27, 1837. It was formed from parts of McLean, LaSalle, and Iroquois counties, and named after Edward Livingston, Secretary of State in the cabinet of President Andrew Jackson. He was the mayor of New York City, represented New York in the United States House of Representatives, then represented Louisiana in both houses of Congress and the United States Minister to France. Although he had no connections to Illinois, the General Assembly found him accomplished enough to name a county after him.

The county seat is Pontiac.

Township Map:

Cities and Towns
* Campus * Chatsworth * Cornell * Cullom * Dwight * Emington * Fairbury * Flanagan
* Forrest * Long Point * Odell * Pontiac * Saunemin * Strawn

Livingston County Data


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Miscellaneous Data

Wills/Probate Records



Website Updates:
March 2015: Many new newspaper additions.  Obits, Crimes, Marriage Announcements, Fires/Accidents, Community news
Jan. 2015: Biographical Record of Livingston County
Sep 2014:  1891 Gossip news;  Obits for MCKEE, SYKES
Oct 2013:  1883 Pensioners
Apr 2013: obit for YATES
Dec 2012: obit for PEARSON
Oct 2012: CONKLING bio
Aug 2012: ROYER obit
July 2012: Family records for MORRIS, ARMAN
June 2012: WW2 list of casualties
May 2012: obits for CRYDER, ASHTON, SAATHOFF, SHARP; bio for AMES

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Adjacent Counties
Grundy County (north)
LaSalle County (northwest)
Kankakee County (northeast)
McLean County (southwest)
Ford County (southeast)
Woodford County (west)

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