Illinois Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues

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Known Issues

NOTE: For a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection or how to find missing images elsewhere, see Article 56000, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records.

NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm which can be viewed at the Family History Library or some FamilySearch Centers.

Question #1: Some records are missing. Where can they be viewed?
Answer #1: See answers below for information about known missing records and their respective film numbers, if available, or alternate online location:

  • Jersey > Index to Estate Papers V. A, 1839-1888 will not open. Until this problem is fixed, you can order film number 1310676.
  • Livingston > Wills 1867-1883 vol A is missing the index page for I/J. The page was missed on the original microfilm and are not available.
  • Probate Records for Pike County are not available online, but they are available on microfilms; see Probate Records, 1821-1873 in the Catalog.
  • Schuyler > Probate Index 1827-1926, V. 002 begins with the letter “M”. The first half of the index (A-L) is found in the browse point Court papers index 1837-1921, vol 002.
  • Woodford > Probate records 1862-1864, Vol. B is missing the last part of the book. The remainder of these images are available on Film 1401869 or you can view them at Woodford > Probate records 1865-1866 vol B.

Question #2: The Event Type and Year Range (browse point) title does not properly reflect the actual digital record content. Is there a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection?
Answer #2: The following list of known browse point discrepancies describes the event type or year range that actually exist in this collection:

  • Johnson > Probate journal 1874-1877 vol C data range should be 1866-1877.
  • Johnson > Index to probate files 1860-1870 vol 1 year span should be 1860-1873
  • McHenry > Non-Probated Wills 1886-1976 should have been titled Index to Non-Probated Wills 1886-1976.
  • McHenry > Probate Records Vol. 004, 1844-1985 does not contain Probate Records, but index to estate files. Image 1 and 2 are the cover of a book titled Petitions for Citizenship, but there are no petitions shown. Image 3 states that this waypoint contains the records for Index to Estate Files 1844-1986.

Question #3: There are naturalization and other types of records mixed in with the probate records from some counties. Which counties have these records?
Answer #3: Below is a list of the counties with non-probate records and the name of the records.

Cole County

  • Naturalization and Citizenship Vol. E, 1872-1888 and 1894-1946

Franklin County

  • Naturalization and Citizenship, 1886-1904 and 1902-1909

Henderson County

  • Naturalization and Citizenship Vol. F 1913-1920
  • Naturalization and Citizenship Vol. G 1915-1929

Henry County

  • Military Record, 1861-1864 and 1861-1865

Madison County

  • Naturalization and Citizenship V. A-E, 1840-1929

McHenry County

  • Declaration of Intentions, 1929-1933
  • Naturalization Records, 1924-1932 and 1929-1947 and 1928-1929

Randolph County

  • Administrator’s Records, 1844-1848
  • Atlas 1875
  • County Commissioner’s Records, 1824-1836
  • Marks and Brands, 1849-1884
  • Registry of Negroes 1809-1862
  • School Commissioner’s Record, 1833-1857

Rock Island County

  • Declaration of intentions v. 1, 1872-1878
  • Naturalization Index, 1872-1906
  • Naturalization Index v. 1, 1851-1962

White County

  • Naturalization and Citizenship records, 1860-1898.

If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at Please include the following information:

  • If browsing this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
    For example: Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1988 > Jasper > Probate records 1856-1858 vol B > image 28 of 277.
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