Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails

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Updated: 
Dec. - Several biographies; Woodford County School Bulletin, 1910 and 1912; several obituaries
Dec 15 - Metamora Veteran Memorial Wall with photos and obituaries
Dec 25 - Misc. News throughout the county
Feb. 2014 - El Paso Veteran Memorial updates, Obituaries; Hickory Point School and Metamora Grade & High School updates.
Feb 23 - 1920 Standard Atlas [under Misc]
April 27 - 1939 Metamora High School Yearbook
June 13 - News from 1918, VERY old photos of El Paso
Aug 28 - Old German Cemetery
Sept 4 - Guardian Records 1913-1914 Vol. H AND 1866-1873 Vol. A.

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Woodford County History


Villages
and Settlements

Bayview Gardens

Benson

BOWLING GREEN (historical)

Bricktown (historical)

Black Patridge (Also known Later as Lourdes)

  • The History of Black Patridge - courtesy Ken Wiltz, Historian of the WILZ / WILTZ family of Black Partridge, Worth Township, Woodford County, IL.

Cazenovia

FARNISVILLE (historical)

Congerville

Carlock

El Paso

Eureka

Germantown Hills

Goodfield

Kappa

Lowpoint

Metamora (HANOVER)

Minonk

Panola Panther Creek (historical) POKETOWN (historical)

Spring Bay

Roanoke

Secor
Secor Centennial 1857-1957  - index

SLABTOWN (historical)
WALNUT GROVE (Historical) VERSAILLES (historical)

Washburn

WHITE OAK GROVE (Historical) Woodford (Historical) - see Newspapers below for local gossip

Burials 

Woodford County Cemeteries - list of all cemeteries within the county by township. Several cemeteries have been surveyed (some from an outside source/link included) with more to come as time permits.


  • The Davison Cemetery (Formerly Yankeetown Cemetery) (Courtesy Linda Davison.  Includes, Original Article of Agreement, First Meeting and Election and Cemetery Records)


Woodford County Deaths

1916 - 1950

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

NO

PQ

R

S

TU

VW

XYZ

Census Mortality Schedules 1850-1880

Death Certificates

Misc. Death Listings


Obituaries 

Woodford County Obituary Index

Misc. Woodford County Obituaries

Central Illinois Obituaries 1871 - 1880


  • 100 Years Young -  Woodford County 'young' people that have reached 100 years of age, PLUS This is a work in progress (your help is needed)

Newspapers

 

Miscellaneous

1955 Aerial Views - index to a book that is located at the Woodford County Historical Society
Woodford County Almshouse Register - register of those living in Woodford County from 1868-1957
Portraits and Biographical Records of Woodford County - Index to this book which is located at the Woodford County Historical Society
Patron's Directory for Woodford County 1873 Altas
Noted Characters - William H. Delph, John Brickler, Louis Guibert, Jacob Banta, John Page, Sr., Thomas Bullock, Counnt Clopiska
A Chapter of Tragedies - murders of Hedges, Christian Shertz, and the disapearance of James Wilkins
Physician and Surgeons (prior to 1878)
Registered Physicians in Woodford County - 1877
Minonk Local News Story - 'clowning around'
1917 Prairie Farmers Directory - index complied by Karen Fyke
1904 Republican Supplement - Index complied by Karen Fyke
Woodford County Supervisors - 1896, 1899
1920 Standard Atlas

Woodford County Anniversaries

Woodford County Queries (old queries)


Helpful Links and Information

Woodford County Links

Counties surrounding Woodford County presented by Illinois Genealogy Trails, History and Genealogy:



Information Sources

The Woodford County Court House - Located in Eureka, Illinois
County Clerk & Recorder
309-467-2822

Illinois Mennonite Historical & Genealogical Society
675 State Route 116, Metamora, Illinois 61548-7732. Telephone 309-367-2551

Millner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Census records are available on microfilm from 1840 to 1920 for all Illinois Counties.  The records are located on the 2nd (main) floor.   Microfilm readers for copying are available for use. (309) 438-3684

Hours:  Mon.-Thurs.  8:00AM - 11:00 PM  
Friday 8:00 AM-10:00PM  
Saturday  9:00AM - 10:00PM 
Sunday  12:00 (noon) to 11:00 PM

The Illinois State Archives
Margaret Cross Norton Building, Capitol Complex, Springfield, IL 62756
Telephone: (217) 782-4682, Fax: (217) 524-3930

Hours: Monday Friday    8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.   Saturday 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.   (except on holiday weekends)

The State Archives serves by law as the depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal, or historical research values.   This includes birth, death, and census records.  

The Illinois State Archives, has indexes for most of the nineteenth century censuses and the federal Soundexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920. The Archives also has the Illinois state and federal census records for the years 1810 1880, 1900 1920. The 1865 and 1870 censuses have not been indexed. Its collections do not include manuscript, newspaper, or other nonofficial sources.  

These records are made available to the public, officials, and scholars at the Norton Building and at seven regional depositories located on state university campuses throughout Illinois. The Archives provides access to them through a series of printed and electronic guides, and by in-person, mail, telephone, FAX, and Internet database reference services.

ILLINOIS STATE HISTORICAL LIBRARY
Old State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62701
Hours:  Monday-Friday  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Woodford County Libraries

Benson
402 E. Front Street
309-394-2542

El Paso
149 W. First
309-527-4360

Eureka
202 S. Main 61530
309-467-2922

Germantown Hills
101 Warrior Way
Metamora, Il
309-383-2263

Metamora
208 E. Partridge
309-367-4594

Minonk
261 E. 5th
309-432-2929

Roanoke 
123 E. Broad St.
309-923-7686 

Spring Bay
411 Illinois
309-822-0444

Washburn
102 W. Magnolia
309-248-7429

 

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