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Will County is located in northeastern Illinois, south of Cook County. The county seat is in Joliet, Illinois which is located approximately 40 miles southwest of Chicago on the Des Plaines River.

The county received its name from Dr. Conrad Will, a member of the first Constitutional Convention and a member of the Illinois Legislature until his death in 1835. In the year 1836, January 12th, Will County was formed from Cook County, Illinois and Iroquois County, Illinois and included besides its present area, the part of Kankakee County, Illinois lying north of the Kankakee River. Will County lost a small area when Kankakee County, Illinois was organized in 1852, but since then its boundaries have been unchanged.


Cities & Townships
History of Will County, Illinois by Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878

Will County Early Settler and Other Historical Tales

Will County Settlers

Early Settlements of Will County and their Pioneers

1867 and 1870 Diary of Conrad Bender


Vital Records

The First 50 Recorded Marriages




Poor House Residents


Newspaper Data

Index to Newspaper Stories

Court Records

1837 Index to Will County Probate Court Records in Joliet


Will County Residents listed in the Joliet Prison Convict Register

Military Data

Will Co Revolutionary War Soldiers (on our main website)

Will Co in the Civil War. List of Regiments

  Census of Pensioners on the Roll in 1883

Will Co Spanish-American War Veterans

WW2 Will County Soldiers

WW2 Casualties (on our main website)



List of Cemeteries

Our Transcriptions:
Bohemian National Cemetery
Elmhurst Cemetery Burials
Evergreen Hill Cemetery Burials
Lincoln National Cemetery -Pictoral Presentation
Lockport City Cemetery
German Lutheran Cemetery
Green Garden Methodist Cemetery
Oakwood Cemetery
Plainfield Cemetery
Rose Hill Cemetery
St Johns Catholic Cemetery
St Patricks Catholic Cemetery
Twining Cemetery
Wilton Center Cemetery
Zarley Cemetery

Census and Tax Lists

1842 Tax List

1850 Mortality Schedule

1860 Mortality Schedule

1880 Census - Will County Residents in the Illinois Northern Hospital for the Insane in Elgin, IL

1880 Census - Supplemental Schedules for the Defective, Dependent and Delinquent Classes

1880 Federal Census Excerpts

1900 Census for Soldiers' Widows Home

Churches and Schools

Churches & Pastors from 1859 Directory

New Lenox School Class Pictures

Website Updates:
Jan 2015:  Obit for WOOLWORTH
Nov. 2014:  Poor house residents, 1856-57


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Will County Links

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  • Joliet Department of Corrections View Historic Photos or pull up the name of an inmate.

  • Will County Clerk
    302 N. Chicago Street
    Joliet IL 60432
    (815) 740-4615

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