Kendall County, Illinois Genealogy

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

Kendall County, Illinois
Boundary map of Kendall County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: February 19, 1841
County Seat Yorkville
Kendall County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD), Illinois State Archives
Address Kendall County Courthouse
111 W. Fox Street
Yorkville, IL 60560
Kendall County Website

County Organization[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1877 1841 1877 1841 1841 1847 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 Kendall County are kept, see the Kendall County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Amos Kendall

Kendall County is named for Amos Kendall who was a journalist and statesman and served as U.S. Postmaster General under Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Amos Kendall, a newspaper editor who later became an important advisor to President Andrew Jackson. He also became U.S. Postmaster in 1835. The county seat is Yorkville and the county was organized on 1841. The County is located in the Northeast part 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 website.

Prior to County Formation

County Formation and After

  • 1841 - Kendall County created from LaSalle and Kane counties

For more information see Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties or Kendall 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.

Places / 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:[3]

Unincorporated communities
  • Helmar
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Records and Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Kendall County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Kendall County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Kendall 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

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 7,730
1860 13,074 69.1%
1870 12,399 −5.2%
1880 13,083 5.5%
1890 12,106 −7.5%
1900 11,467 −5.3%
1910 10,777 −6.0%
1920 10,074 −6.5%
1930 10,555 4.8%
1940 11,105 5.2%
1950 12,115 9.1%
1960 17,540 44.8%
1970 26,374 50.4%
1980 37,202 41.1%
1990 39,413 5.9%
2000 54,544 38.4%
2010 114,736 110.4%
Source: "".

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

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.

  • Search WorldCat to identify a library near you which holds books of compiled church records for Kendall County.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

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.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or through the Family History Library.

Copies of original records


  • Family Maps of Kendall County, Illinois (2005) plats the land of many nineteenth-century Kendall County residents. The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname index. FHL Book 977.3263 E7b

Online Resources

  • 1800s-Present - Use the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry patents. These records help a research establish location and lead to National Archives' records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are housed at the National Archives.
  • Illinois Public Land Purchase Records This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at ($)

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Kendall County land and property may be found online in the FamilySearch Catalog, FamilySearch Catalog–map indexes and FamilySearch Catalog–maps. Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the WorldCat Online Catalog.

Maps[edit | edit source]

DeKalb CountyLaSalle CountyKane CountyDuPage CountyGrundy CountyWill CountyIL KENDALL.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

Dickson, Elmer George Kendall County veterans of the Civil, Mexican & Spanish-America wars and the War of 1812 (Chico, California: E. Dickson, c1993) pages 39 FHL Book 977.3263 M2

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Kendall 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 Kendall County.

- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company C (Also known as Dollins' Cavalry Company).
- 15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company I.
- 20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D, E, F, and I.
- 89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 127th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, F, and K.
- 132nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company C.
- 141st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F.
- 147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Newspapers Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Kendall County are kept, see the Kendall 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)[edit | edit source]

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 Kendall 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[edit | edit source]

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

Oswego Public Library District
32 W. Jefferson St.
Oswego, IL 60543
Telephone: (630) 554-3150
Volunteers from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society assist researchers with the Local History and Genealogy Collection at designated times.
Plano Community Library District
15 N. Center
Plano, IL 60545
Telephone: (630) 552-2009
Their Local History collection includes histories, directories, cemetery records, church and school records, and more.
Yorkville Public Library
902 Game Farm Road
Yorkville, IL 60560
Telephone: (630) 553-4354
The library has microfilms of census records and The Kendall County Record newspaper.

Other Repositories[edit | edit source]

Little White School Museum
Box 23
72 Polk Street
Oswego, IL 60543
Telephone (630) 554-2999
The museum holds records of local interest, including indexes, histories, maps, photos, and more.
Check in advance for their limited hours.

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Kendall County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Kendall County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

General[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Copies of Original Birth Records

Online Resources

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Copies of Original Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Copies of Original Death Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Additional resources for Kendall County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Kendall – Vital Records, the Illinois, Kendall – Vital Records - indexes, and the Illinois, Kendall – Vital Records - newspapers topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the WorldCat Online Catalog.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kendall 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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Kendall, Illinois Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/17/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Kendall County, Illinois," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Illinois, accessed 19 March 2020.