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Livingston County, Illinois (Map It) was created on February 27, 1837 from unorganized land, La Salle County and McLean County. Livingston County was named for Edward Livingston (1764-1836), prominent jurist, Congressman from New York and Louisiana, and U.S. Secretary of State from 1831 to 1833. . Learn More About State of Illinois History
Livingston County Cities, Towns & Villages include Campus, Chatsworth, Cornell, Cullom, Dwight, Emington, Fairbury, Flanagan, Forrest, Long Point, Odell, Pontiac, Saunemin, Strawn.
Livingston County Townships include Indian Grove, Fayette, Eppards Point, Esmen, Dwight, Germanville, Forrest, Broughton, Amity, Avoca, Belle Prairie, Charlotte, Chatsworth, Reading, Pontiac, Pike, Pleasant Ridge, Odell, Owego, Long Point, Nebraska, Nevada, Newtown, Rooks Creek, Round Grove, Saunemin, Waldo, Union, Sunbury, Sullivan. View the Livingston Federal Township Plats of Illinois from 1804-1891.
A Livingston 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.
Livingston County, Illinois Courthouse Records
Livingston County, IL Courthouse
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 Livingston 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.
- Livingston County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds has Marriage Records from 1837, Birth & Death Records from 1877 and Land Records from 1835. 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.
- Livingston County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Probate Records from 1837 and Court Records from 1839. 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....
- Livingston 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
Livingston County, Illinois Census Records
- Learn More: State of Illinois Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: Substitutes Index, 1810-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1825-1865
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Livingston County, Illinois Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Illinois Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from January 1916 to present
- Marriage and Divorce Records: from January 1962 to present.
- Locations: Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, 925 East Ridgely Ave., Springfield, IL 62702-2737; (217) 782-6553
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Livingston County, Illinois Resources
- State of Illinois Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Illinois
- Dwight Genealogical Society, PO Box 315, Dwight IL 60420
- Lexington Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc
- Odell Prairie Trails Historical & Genealogical Society, PO Box 82, Odell IL 60460
- Illinois State University
- Livingston County, Illinois Message Boards
- Livingston County, Illinois Genealogy Forum
- Livingston County, Illinois Mailing lists
Livingston County, Illinois External Links
- Illinois Historical Newspapers - Newspapers.com
- Map of Livingston County and its civil and congressional townships
- Livingston County, Illinois Books - Amazon
- Livingston Co., Illinois - FindaGrave
- Illinois Indexed Historical Records - Familysearch
- Fact Sheet for Livingston County - Illinois State Archives