Kendall County, Illinois Genealogy

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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, Illinois State Archives
Address Kendall County Courthouse
111 W. Fox Street
Yorkville, IL 60560
Kendall County Website


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County Organization

Kendall County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Kendall 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 Kendall County are kept, see the Kendall County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

Amos kendall.jpg

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.

Boundary Changes

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, or Illinois County Maps and Atlases.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources


  • 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.


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.  %±
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: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

Church History and Records

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

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.




  • 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 ($)
  • 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



Civil War

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).
- 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.
- 147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.


Newspapers Obituaries

Probate Records


County Courthouse

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 Center

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.

You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site.

Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Kendall County. The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information.

Dekalb Illinois Family History Center
675 Fox Avenue
Sycamore, Illinois 60178
Telephone: (815) 895–0702
Joliet Illinois Family History Center
655 Springfield
Joliet, Illinois, 60435
Telephone: (815) 725-8621
Morris Illinois Family History Center
1414 Dupont Ave.
Morris, Illinois 60450
Telephone: (815) 941-4214
Naperville Illinois Family History Center
1320 Ridgeland Road
Naperville, Illinois
Telephone: (630) 505-0233
Ottawa Illinois Family History Center
1377 Adams Street
Ottawa, Illinois
Telephone: (815) 431-0186

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

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

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

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



Vital Records


  • 1877-1903 Birth Records IRAD-NIU; search for Kendall County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1817-1918 Birth Record Index IRAD-NIU; search for Kendall County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)



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