McLean County, Illinois Genealogy Guide

McLean County, Illinois (Map It) was created on December 25, 1830 from Tazewell County and unorganized land. McLean County was named for John McLean (1791-1830), United States Representative and United States Senator from Illinois (the latter from 1824-1825 and 1829-1830) . Learn More About State of Illinois History

McLean County is bordered by  Woodford County (northwest), Livingston County (northeast), Ford County (east), Champaign County (southeast), Piatt County (south), DeWitt County (south), Logan County (southwest), Tazewell County (west)

McLean County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Anchor, Arrowsmith, Bellflower, Bloomington, Carlock, Chenoa, Colfax, Cooksville, Danvers, Downs, Ellsworth, Gridley, Heyworth, Hudson, Le Roy, Lexington, Merna, McLean, Normal, Saybrook, Shirley, Stanford, Towanda.

McLean County Townships include  Lexington, Lawndale, Hudson, Empire, Funk’s Grove, Gridley, Blue Mound, Bloomington, Bloomington City, Arrowsmith, Allin, Anchor, Bellflower, Cheney’s Grove, Chenoa, Dawson, Danvers, Dale, Cropsey, Downs, Dry Grove, Randolph, Old Town, Normal, Martin, Mount Hope, Money Creek, Towanda, White Oak, West, Yates. View the McLean Federal Township Plats of Illinois from 1804-1891.

A McLean 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.

McLean County, Illinois Courthouse Records

McLean County, Illinois Courthouse
McLean County, IL Courthouse

The McLean County Courthouse is located in Bloomington, Illinois. Bloomington was named Blooming Grove until 1831. Some records lost or damaged in a fire on June 19, 1900. 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 McLean 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.

  • McLean County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1831 and Birth & Death Records from 1877. The County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
  • McLean County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1831. The County Recorder of Deeds serves the people of County by 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.
  • McLean County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Probate Records from 1831 and Court Records from 1831. 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....
  • McLean 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

McLean County, Illinois Census Records

McLean County, Illinois Vital Records

McLean County, Illinois Resources

McLean County, Illinois External Links

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