DuPage County, Illinois Genealogy

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Guide to DuPage County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

DuPage County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting DuPage County
Location in the state of Illinois, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 4, 1817
County Seat Wheaton
DuPage County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD), Illinois State Archives
Address DuPage County Courthouse
505 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
(630) 407-5500
DuPage County Website

DuPage County Organization[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1879 1839 1879 1839 1835 1839 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916. General compliance by 1922.

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for DuPage County are kept, see the DuPage County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]


DuPage County is named for the small DuPage River that flows through the county.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for DuPage River. The county seat is Wheaton and the county was organized on February 9, 1839. The County is located in the Northeast area of the state.[2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Prior to County Formation

County Formation and After

For more information see Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties or DuPage County Fact Sheet (Illinois State Archives). For interactive county boundary maps see Illinois County Boundaries, 1790-Present, Illinois Historical Counties

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Records and Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

A Family Bible belonging to the Hill family of Du Page County is included in an Ancestry database ($).[3]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of DuPage County, Illinois online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information

The DuPage County Genealogical Society (DPGS) has on-line indexes to cemeteries in the following townships:

  • Addison Township
  • Downers Grove and Lisle Township
  • York Township

Census[edit | edit source]

For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Federal[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 3,535
1850 9,290 162.8%
1860 14,701 58.2%
1870 16,685 13.5%
1880 19,161 14.8%
1890 22,551 17.7%
1900 28,196 25.0%
1910 33,432 18.6%
1920 42,120 26.0%
1930 91,998 118.4%
1940 103,480 12.5%
1950 154,599 49.4%
1960 313,459 102.8%
1970 491,882 56.9%
1980 658,835 33.9%
1990 781,666 18.6%
2000 904,161 15.7%
2010 916,924 1.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State[edit | edit source]

1840 Pensioners[edit | edit source]
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, DuPage County on page 186.]

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village.

  • DuPage County Illinois Genealogical Society. Necrology Records of Selected Townships in DuPage County: Includes Cemetery, Funeral Home & Church Records. Wheaton, Illinois: DuPage County Illinois Genealogical Society, 2007. This CD-ROM includes Addison, Downers Grove, Lisle & York Townships and records for Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bensenville, Illinois, 1837-1938 and a "souls register" 1888.
  • Search WorldCat to identify a library near you which holds books of compiled church records for DuPage County.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Batavia Branch, Record of Members, 1936-1948. Members of the Batavia Branch, which was discontinued in 1957, lived in Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties, Illinois. FHL film 7695


  • Grosse, T. Johannes, et al. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery and Burial Records, 1837-1988 & Souls Register, 1888. Includes full-name indexes. This was the first Lutheran church in DuPage County with boundary lines encompassing much of the county. FHL book 977.324 V3z

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Mailing Lists[edit | edit source]

Message Boards[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Wheaton Public Library has created a detailed list of historic towns in DuPage County on their website.

  • The History of DuPage County
    by the Board of Supervisors of DuPage County and C.W. Richmond
    Knickerbocker and Hodder, Publishers, Aurora, Illinois, 1877. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • The Stoddard Project

The Stoddard Project is an ambitious attempt to inventory and index genealogical and historical resources in all the DuPage County repositories initiatied by John Stoddard, for whom it is named. The two-part project includes a listing of reference works and the individual libraries that house them, plus an index of individuals named in those reference works. The project incorporates histories of the county and of individual towns, high school yearbooks, histories of individual churches, maps and plats, old city directories and telephone books, holdings of back issues of local newspapers, etc.

For more information about the Stoddard Project, see the DuPage County Genealogical Society web site.

Rededication of Hobson Pioneer Marker, Pioneer Park, Du Page County, Illinois: 2:30 P.M., October Twelfth, Nineteen Hundred Fifty-two. Hillside, Ill.: P. Troost Monument Co., 1952. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

  • Family Maps of DuPage County, Illinois (2007) plats the land of many nineteenth-century DuPage County residents. The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname index. FHL Book 977.324 E7b

Online Resources

Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Medical Records[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from DuPage County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of DuPage County.

- 8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies D and E.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company C.
- 13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company H.
- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 105th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, D, F and I.
- 141st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H.
- 156th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 69th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company D

World War I[edit | edit source]

  • The DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) provides a listing of all men from DuPage County who served in World War I. DCGS has also compiled an inventory of books and periodicals relating to the Naper Post 468 of the G.A.R.

Native Races[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

The DuPage County Genealogical Society has published an Index to the Naturalization Records of DuPage County. The index covers 6,000 individuals, and includes the full name, date, locality, country of birth; and the date and port of entry into the United States (where available). Free online index.

Online Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wheaton Public Library has created a Vital Records Index based on nineteenth-century Wheaton newspapers. As of 30 June 2011, the database appears to be undergoing construction.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Places and Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Politics and Government[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Genealogical records of Boone, DuPage, Kane, and Knox Counties, Illinois: bible records; index of wills, 1839-1900; marriages, 1830-1851, cemetery records and family records. FHL Book 977.3 V2g

Repositories[edit | edit source]

  • County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for DuPage County are kept, see the DuPage County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD), managed by the Illinois State Archives, houses the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. The Northern Illinois University (IRAD-NIU) holds the records for DuPage County. Learn more about finding and using their records.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c/o Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library, Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-1807
  • Public Libraries
  • Genealogical holdings of the Du Page LibrarySystem: as submitted by each library, September 1, 1975 FHL film 928168 Item 5, book 977.324 A3L
  • Bibliographies of genealogical materials available at Elmhurst Historical Society: and selected libraries in the Illinois Suburban Library System; pub. 1975 FHL film 928279 Item 4
  • Du Page County, Illinois genealogical records: located in Du Page County repositories; libraries, historical societies, colleges, etc; pub. 1992 FHL Book 977.324 A3s

The following DuPage County libraries have collections of particular interest to genealogists.

Bloomingdale Public Library
101 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Telephone: (630) 529-3120
The History Room offers collections of local interest as well as an online obituary index.
Downers Grove Public Library
1050 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Telephone: (630) 960-1200
The library has materials on the history of Downers Grove and DuPage County.
Naperville Public Library (Nichols Library)
200 W. Jefferson Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
Telephone: (630) 961-4100
The Reference and Local History collections include DuPage County indexes, local histories, maps, newspapers, and more.
Wheaton Public Library
225 N. Cross Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Telephone: (630) 668-1374
The library's Genealogy and Local History collection includes local histories, biographies, indexes, directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and more.

Other Repositories[edit | edit source]

DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley Street
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Telephone: (630) 510-4941
A facility of the County of DuPage, the museum provides staff-assisted local history services of its photographs, maps, archives, and records.

Schools[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Online Resources

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DuPage County, Illinois. Page 192-199 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 194-197.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "DuPage County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPage_County,_Illinois 04/012/2017.
  3. Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "DuPage County, Illinois," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPage_County,_Illinois, Last accessed 2 January 2020.