Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy

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Woodford County, Illinois
Boundary map of Woodford County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: February 27, 1841
County Seat Eureka
Woodford County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Woodford County Courthouse
115 N. Main, Suite 202
Eureka, IL 61530
(309) 467-2822
Woodford County Website


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Woodford County Organization

Woodford County's civil records start the following years:

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

Historical Facts

Woodford County, Illinois is named for Woodford County, Kentucky which is the place where many of the settlers originated.

Parent County

  • 1841--Woodford County was created 27 February 1841 from, Tazewell and McLean Counties.  County seat:  Eureka [1]

Boundary Changes

Eastern Part

1831-1841 McLean
1827-1831 Tazewell
1821-1827 Fayette
1819-1821 Clar
1816-1819 Crawford
1815-1816 Edwards

Western Part

1827-1841 Tazewell
1825-1827 Peoria
1821-1825 Sangamon
1817-1821 Bond
1812-1817 Madison
1801-1812 St. Clair
1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory

See an interactive map of Woodford County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Records and Resources


Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois 1878   (WorldCat)


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.
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

Court Records

1854-1859 County Court Record IRAD-ISU

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


Large numbers of Kentuckians settled in frontier Woodford County, Illinois. The name of the county (Woodford) is reminiscent of Woodford County, Kentucky - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.[2]

Land and Property

1841-1928 Deed Index IRAD-ISU

1833-1928 Deed Record IRAD-ISU

Land Records available at the Family History Library

1812 Soldiers of 1812 etc.: Whose Bounty Land Grants Were Located in Woodford County, Illinois. by A.F. Marxhall, L.J. Freese and Milo Custer. FHL film 823572 item 6 and FHL book: 977.3 A1 no. 1. second copy 977.3 A1 no. 218.

1832-1893 Grantee and Grantor Indexes. Woodford County Clerk. FHL films 1401898-1401900


Woodford County, El Paso and Metamora 1876 from the David Rumsey Map Collection.

Military Records

  • Revolutionary War

Veteran Burials  (Genealogy Trail History Group)

  • War 1812

Military Land Grants Woodford County, Illinois for Soldiers of the War of 1812 - USGenWeb

1861-1863 Militia Roll Record IRAD-ISU

1863-1865 Militia Discharge Record, Civil War IRAD-ISU

1913-1941 Mother's Pension Applications IRAD-ISU

1931-1934 Mother's Pension Accountts IRAD-ISU

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


-4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company G


-17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G
-47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B, and Company I
- 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, Company F, and Company H.
- 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, :-Company A.
-108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D, and Company E
-139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)

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

-Woodruff Post, Washburn 1913 - USGenWeb

1883 Federal Pension - USGenWeb

  • World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Ancestry)

  • World War II

Army Casualties  U.S. National Archives and Records Administration


1855-1906 Naturalization Papers. Woodford County Court. FHL 1401869-1401871

1861-1901 Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. FHL 1401866-1401867

1867-1906 Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. FHL film 1401866 Item 2 - 1401867

1795-1925 Woodford County, Illinois Passport Applications  Genealogy Trails History Group

Newspapers and Obituaries

Newspapers Published in Woodford County   Illinois Newspaper Project

Chronicling America   The Library of Congress


Woodford County, Illinois, Prairie District Library, Obituaries, 1887 to Present. at Ancestry

Probate Records

1842-1847 Probate Claim Dockets IRAD-ISU

1869-1964 Probate Will Record IRAD-ISU

1870-1956 Probate Inventory Record IRAD-ISU

1877-1853 Probate Widow's Relinquishment and Selection Record IRAD-ISU

Probate records available at the Family History Library

1846-1866 Probate Order Book; Will Record 1869-1925; Guardian Record, 1866-1908; Probate Record, 1745-1876 Woodford County Court. FHL film 1401860 - 1401869

Public Records

1868-1957 Almshouse Register IRAD-ISU Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957)

1868-1893 Poor Farm Monthly Reports IRAD-ISU

1917-1940 Poor Farm Case Files IRAD-ISU


County Courthouse

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

Family History Centers

Family History Centers FamilySearch

Family History Library Holdings

Illinois Regional Archives Depository - IRAD

Illinois State Universtiy - ISU
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 1-309-452-6027

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

Public Libraries

Woodford County Public Libraries

Social Groups Online


Woodford County Historical Society


1842-1879 Tax Sale Record IRAD-ISU

1842-1878 Tax Forfeiture Record IRAD-ISU

1853-1871 Tax Deed Affidaviats IRAD-ISU

1860-1880 Tax Judgment Record IRAD-ISU

1857-1888 Tax Assessment Abstracts IRAD-ISU

Vital Records

Order Birth and Death Certificates Online

Birth Records

1877-1916 Birth Record Index IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library. FHL film 1401898

Marriage Records

Early Marriages in Woodford County, Illinois  (Internet Archives)

1841-1901 Marriage Record Index IRAD-ISU

Marriage records available at the Family History Library

1841-1902 Marriage Index. Woodford County Clerk. FHL film 1401898 Items 2-3

1841-1870 Early Marriages Performed in Woodford County, Illinois. by Lucy Palmer Frane. FHL film 848656 and second filming 908198 and FHL Book 977.353 V25f

1841-1848 Early Marriages of Woodford County - USGenWeb

Death Records

1877-1915 Death Record Index IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library FHL Film 1401898 Item 4

1910-1917 Death Record, Coroner's IRAD-ISU 

Voter Registration

1865-1890 Voter Registers IRAD-ISU

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Web Sites

Databases Pertinent to Woodford 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
Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957)


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Hardin County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.