We regret that we are unable to do any research for you.
The McHenry County Government
2200 N. Seminary Ave
hours-8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Early Vital Record Indexes may be searched by the general public at the office of the County Clerk.
Marriage Record Indices: Vol. I, 1837-1893 and Vol. II 1893-1908; MCIGS index is more complete than original, and is available for searching. Also see the online Marriage records at the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index , you may find the marriage data you need, and be able to simply send for it.
Death Record Index: Vol. I- 1878-1905; Vol. II -1905-1916; indexed by surname. These records are not complete, as not all deaths were reported. ** After 1915, you must know the death date in order to obtain the record.*** Many Illinois death records are searchable online at: Illinois Online Death Index
Birth Record Index: Vol. 1, 1877-1905; Vol. II 1905-1916. indexed by surname. These records not complete, as not all births were reported.
Final Naturalization Records are available in the County Clerk's Office. October 1859 to September 1906. Declarations of Intent have been published by the MCIGS and are available at the Crystal Lake Library.
Circuit Court Clerk's Office
Probate Index: 1836 to the present. Look in indexes to the probate records and the wills filed. Use the file number from the index and place a request for the file. It will be ordered for you from another location, and will be available to you after noon the next day.
Indexes for the Deed Record Books, by Grantor or by Grantee; must have specific year. Find the book number/letter, and the page number, then request the microfiches from the deputy recorder.
Illinois Land records are searchable at the Illinois State Archives Database
McHenry County Historical Society Museum
6422 Main St. in the village of Union.
The mailing address: P.O. Box 434, Union IL 60180.
Phone: (815) 923-2267.
Some items that are unique to the museum library are files containing newspaper articles pertaining to McHenry County towns; a biographical file of some of the county's past and present citizens; some published family histories; an obituary file; property owner maps; scrapbooks, diaries, Bible records, and many more items of general interest to anyone doing research in McHenry County.
Library reference staff are often, but not always, willing to look up obits and other newspaper items if you have the date of the event! You would need to call or mail them to find out. ALWAYS reimburse them for time and copies!
Algonquin Area Library
Branch library: 115 Eastgate Dr., Algonquin, IL 60102-3097 Phone: (847) 658-4343
and Main Library: 2600 Harnish Road, Algonquin Phone: (847) 458-6060
Randall Vlcek, Administrative Librarian.
(847) 658-4343 Fax: (847) 658-0179
Cary Area Public Library District
1606 Three Oaks Road, Cary, IL 60013-1637
Diane R. McNulty, Library Director.
(847) 639-4210 Fax: (847) 639-8890
Crystal Lake Public Library
Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9:00
a.m. to 5 p.m. and September through May it is open on Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Fox River Grove Public Library
306 Lincoln Avenue
Fox River Grove, IL 60021-1016
Johnsburg Public Library
3000 W. Johnsburg Rd.
Johnsburg, IL 60050
Huntley Area Public Library District
11000 Ruth Road, PO Box 898, Huntley, IL 60142-0898
Virginia Maravilla, Director.
(847) 669-5386 Fax: (847) 669-5439
Marengo Public Library
200 S. State St.
Marengo, IL 60152
Telephone: (815) 568-8236 Fax: (815) 568-5209
McHenry Public Library District
809 N. Front St., McHenry, IL 60050-5528
Arlene Kaspik, Executive Director.
(815) 385-0036 Fax: (815) 385-7085
Nippersink Public Library District (Richmond)
5418 Hill Rd.
Richmond, IL 60071-9750
Woodstock Public Library
414 W. Judd St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone (815) 338-0542 Fax (815) 334-2296
Night Owl Reference Service (815) 338-0542 until Midnight (for Woodstock Library Patrons)
The McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society
The McHenry County Historical Society
The Crystal Lake Historical Society