Winnebago County, Illinois Genealogy Guide

Winnebago County, Illinois (Map It) was created on January 16, 1836 from unorganized land and JoDaviess County. Winnebago County was named for the Winnebago Native Americans . Learn More About State of Illinois History

Winnebago County is bordered by  Rock County, Wisconsin (north), Boone County (east), DeKalb County (southeast), Ogle County (south), Stephenson County (west), Green County, Wisconsin (northwest)

Winnebago County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Argyle, Cherry Valley, Durand, Harrison, Lake Summerset, Loves Park, Machesney Park, New Millford, Pecatonica, Rockford, Rockton, Roscoe, Seward, Shirland, South Beloit, Winnebago.

Winnebago County Townships include  Laona, Harlem, Harrison, Burritt, Cherry Valley, Durand, Pecatonica, Owen, Seward, Shirland, Rockford, Rockton, Roscoe, Winnebago. View the Winnebago Federal Township Plats of Illinois from 1804-1891.

A Winnebago 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.

Winnebago County, Illinois Courthouse Records

Winnebago County, Illinois Courthouse
Winnebago County, IL Courthouse

The Winnebago County Courthouse is located in Rockford, 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 Winnebago 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.

  • Winnebago County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1836 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.
  • Winnebago County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1836. 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.
  • Winnebago County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Probate Records from 1837 and Court Records from 1836. 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....
  • Winnebago 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

Winnebago County, Illinois Census Records

Winnebago County, Illinois Vital Records

Winnebago County, Illinois Resources

Winnebago County, Illinois External Links

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