Ford County, Illinois Genealogy Guide

Ford County, Illinois (Map It) was created on February 17, 1859 from unorganized areas (Vermilion County). Ford County was named for Thomas Ford (1800–1850), eighth Governor of Illinois; served during the Illinois Mormon War . Learn More About State of Illinois History

Ford County is bordered by  Kankakee County (north), Iroquois County (east), Vermilion County (southeast), Champaign County (south), McLean County (southwest), Livingston County (west)

Ford County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Gibson City, Paxton , Cabery , Elliott, Kempton, Melvin, Piper City, Roberts, Sibley, Benton, Christopher, Orient, Sesser, West Frankfort, Zeigler, Buckner, Ewing, Freeman Spur, Hanaford, Macedonia , Mulkeytown, North City, Royalton, Thompsonville, Valier, West City.

Ford County Townships include  Brenton, Button, Dix, Drummer, Peach Orchard, Pella, Patton, Lyman, Mona, Rogers, Wall, Sullivant. View the Ford Federal Township Plats of Illinois from 1804-1891.

A Ford County, Illinois General Highway Maps includes County, City and Township maps which contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Ford County, Illinois Courthouse Records

Ford County, Illinois Courthouse
Ford County, IL Courthouse

The Ford County Courthouse is located in Paxton, Illinois. Learn More About State of Illinois Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Ford county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Ford County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds has Marriage Records from 1859, Birth & Death Records from 1878 and Land Records from 1834. The County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
  • Ford County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Probate Records from 1850 and Court Records from 1859. The County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
  • Ford County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • Local Government Records Database provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system

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