DuPage County, Illinois Genealogy

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DuPage County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting DuPage County
Location in the state of Illinois
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, Illinois State Archives
Address DuPage County Courthouse
505 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
(630) 407-5500
DuPage County Website

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png DuPage County

DuPage County Organization

DuPage County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Du Page County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1839 1877 1840 1835 1839

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

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

Boundary Changes

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, or Illinois County Maps and Atlases.

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Bible Records

A Family Bible belonging to the Hill family of Du Page County is included in an Ancestry database ($).[1]



Gotoarrow.png Find A Grave, list of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)

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


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


Historical populations
Census Pop.


1840 Pensioners
  • 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

Court Records


Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Funeral Homes


Mailing Lists

Message Boards


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


Medical Records


Civil War

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.

- 17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company H.
- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
  • The DuPage County Genealogica 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

Naturalization and Citizenship

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.


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.


Politics and Government

Probate Records

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


  • 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 Center
  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
  • 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



Social Groups Online



Vital Records





Family History Centers



  1. 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 ($).