Kankakee County, Illinois Genealogy

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Kankakee County, Illinois
Boundary map of Kankakee County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 4, 1817
County Seat Kankakee
Address 189 East Court Street
Kankakee, IL 60901
Website: www.co.kankakee.il.us
Named for: Kankakee River

Template:Illinois-stub United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Kankakee County

County Courthouse


Parent County

  • 1853--Kankakee County was created 11 February 1853 from Iroquois and Will Counties.  County seat:  Kankakee [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Archives and Libraries

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Illinois State Universtiy (ISU)
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 309-452-6027

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County


Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 15,412
1870 24,352 58.0%
1880 25,047 2.9%
1890 28,732 14.7%
1900 37,154 29.3%
1910 40,752 9.7%
1920 44,940 10.3%
1930 50,095 11.5%
1940 60,877 21.5%
1950 73,524 20.8%
1960 92,063 25.2%
1970 97,250 5.6%
1980 102,926 5.8%
1990 96,255 −6.5%
2000 103,833 7.9%
2010 113,449 9.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.




Local Histories



  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Kankakee 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 Kankakee County.

- 42nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and H.
- 53rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D, F, H and I.
- 88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.

Civil War Veterans of Kankakee County, Illinois: Department of Illinois, Grand Army of the Republic. by Mary Ann Schatz. FHL Film:  982173 item 5   (Item #270984)     Book 977.363 M2s 



Original probate records at __________. The following copies available:

1853-1900 County Court and Probate case files IRAD-ISU

1866-1869 Probate Dockets IRAD-ISU


1858-1858 Tax Sale record IRAD-ISU

Vital Records

Illinois Vital Records for more information


Original birth records at County Clerk.   The following copies are available:

1863-1905 Birth Record Index IRAD-ISU

1877-1918 Birth Record IRAD-ISU Also availalble at the FHL Film 1839989 (item # 510579) first of 7 films

1864-1910 Birth Certificates, Delayed Also available at the FHL 1863-1915 Film: 1839996 and 1839997 (item 594267)

1864-1926 Birth Certificates, City of Manteno IRAD-ISU


Original marriage records at County Clerk.  The following copies are available:

1877-1967 Marriage Record Index IRAD-ISU

1853-1926 Marriage Record IRAD-ISU  Also available at the FHL Film: 1839991 first of 24  (item 594224)

1889-1925 Marriage Licenses IRAD-ISU

1899-1905 Marriage License Applications IRAD-ISU Also available at the FHL Film: 1839993                (item 594234)


Original death records at County Clerk. The following copies are available:

1877-1916 Death Record Index IRAD-ISU Also available at the FHL Film:  1839989 item 6; first of 3 (item 511153)

1916-1958 Death Certificate Index IRAD - ISU Also available at the FHL Film:  2260092  first of 23; 1016243

1877-1915 Death Record IRAD-ISU

1915-1951 Death Certificates IRAD-ISU Also available at the FHL Film: 2260093 (item1016243)

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.