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
Kankakee County Courthouse.jpg
Address Kankakee County Courthouse
189 East Court Street
Kankakee, IL 60901
Kankakee County Website

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

County Organization

Kankakee County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Kankakee County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

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


Kankakee is an Indian name given to a river which joins the Des Plaines river and forms the Illinois river.

Parent County

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

Boundary Changes

1836-1853 Will
1833-1853 Iroquois
1826-1835 Vermilion
1823-1825 Edgar
1823-1825 Fulton
1819-1823 Clark
1816-1819 Crawford
1815-1816 Edwards
1812-1815 Madison
1801-1812 St. Clair
1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory

See an interactive map of Kankakee County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Populated Places

Aroma Park, Aroma Park Northwest, Bourbonnaias, Bradley, Grant Park, Herscher, Kankakee, Manteno, Momence, and St. Anne,

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources


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


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.

Church Records

St George Catholic Church Records 1868-1957. by Bill Korstick  WorldCat

The Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society has published many church records some are available. WorldCat

Court Records

Ethnic Research

Bourbonnais; or the Early French Settlements in Kankakee County, Illinois

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Land and Property

Local Histories


Military Records

Revolutionary War

Veteran Burials   (Source: Genealogy Trails History Group)

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.


1st Regiment, Illinois Artillery    Battery I


4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry      Company K

12th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry     Company E


20th Regiment, Illinois InvantryCompany G

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

113th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B, Company H, and Company K

138th Regiment, Illinois Infanrty, Company G

147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K

156th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)

A list of GAR post in Illinois, additonal site for post list Library of Congress

Civil War Veterans of Kankakee County, Illinois: Department of Illinois, Grand Army of the Republic. by Mary Ann Schatz.FHL Film 982173 item 5 Book 977.363 M2

1883 Kankakee County Pensioner List - USGenWeb


Chronicling America    ( Library of Congress )

Probate Records

Original probate records at County Court. The following copies available:

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

1866-1869 Probate Dockets IRAD-ISU

FHL Collection

1853-1928 Kankakee County Illinois probate and will records on 21 films FHL film 2259223



County Courthouse

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

Family History Centers

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Illinois State University (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

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online



1858-1858 Tax Sale record IRAD-ISU

Vital Records

The website of the Kankakee County Clerk explains how to order original birth, marriage, and death 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 first of 7 films

1864-1910 Birth Certificates, Delayed Also available at the FHL film 1839996 and 1839997 for years 1863-1915.

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

1889-1925 Marriage Licenses IRAD-ISU

1899-1905 Marriage License Applications IRAD-ISU Also available at the {{FHL|594234|item|disp=FHL film 1839993

Miscellaneous Marriages, Kanka Kee County Illinois   ( GenealogyBuff )


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 film of 3

1916-1958 Death Certificate Index IRAD - ISU Also available at the FHL film 2260092 first film of 23

1877-1915 Death Record IRAD-ISU

1915-1951 Death Certificates IRAD-ISU Also available at the FHL film 2260093

Places / Localities

Web Sites

Databases pertinent to Kankakee County

Local Governmental Records Database

Name Index to Illinois Local Governments

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index

Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database

Federal Township Plats of Illinois


  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.