Kane County (IL) Genealogy

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Vital Records and Court Records

Kane County, Illinois 1848 Personal Property Tax List. Geneva, IL: Kane County Genealogical Society, 1984. Call # folio F547.K2 K35.

Kane County Genealogical Records. Geneva, IL: Kane County Genealogical Society, 1992. Call # Microfilm 1186 (3 reels). Table of Contents at beginning of Reel 1. Includes variety of indexes to Kane-related sources (military, church, cemetery, funeral home, histories, etc.).

Kane County Naturalization Records Index. Geneva, IL: Kane County Genealogical Society, 1988-1991.

  • 1857-1906: Call # Local History Ref. folio F547.K2 K367 1988 (2nd floor open shelf)
  • 1906-1955: Call # Local History Ref. folio F547.K2 K365 1991 (2nd floor open shelf)

Kane County Naturalizations, 1857-1955. Geneva, IL: Kane County Genealogical Society, 1991. Call # Microfilm 1185.

Marriage Record Indexes, Kane Co., Ill. Geneva, IL: Kane County Genealogical Society, 1987-1991.

  • 1836-1866: folio F547.K2 M39 1987
  • 1867-1877: folio F547.K2 M35 1988
  • 1878-1893: folio F547.K2 M36 1990
  • 1894-1906: folio F547.K2 M366 1991

U.S. Federal Census

Illinois Federal Census Schedules from 1820-1880 and 1900-1930 on microfilm (behind 2nd floor reference desk). Printed statewide indexes are available for 1820- 1860 on census index shelves, 2nd floor. 1870 and 1880 indexes on CD-ROM. Soundex indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920. Kane-specific census materials are listed below.

1850 Kane County, Illinois Federal Census. Transcribed by Patricia Pate Havlice. Call # folio F547.K2 H38.

  • 1850 Agricultural Schedule. Call # Microfilm 111, Reel 2
  • 1850 Mortality Schedule. Call # Microfilm 118, Reel 1

1860 Kane County, Illinois Federal Census. Aurora, IL: D. Haller, 1982. Call # folio F547.K2 H34.

  • 1860 Agricultural Schedule. Call # Microfilm 112, Reel 3
  • 1860 Mortality Schedule. Call # Microfilm 118, Reel 1
  • 1860 Industry Schedule. Call # Microfilm 115, Reel 1

1870 Kane County, Illinois Federal Census.

  • 1870 Agricultural Schedule. Call # Microfilm 113, Reel 7
  • 1870 Industry Schedule. Call # Microfilm 115, Reel 2

1880 Kane County, Illinois Federal Census.

  • 1880 Agricultural Schedule. Call # Microfilm 116, Reel 11
  • 1880 Mortality Schedule. Call # Microfilm 118, Reel 5
  • 1880 Manufacturers Schedule. Call # Microfilm 114, Reel 3

Illinois State Census

1855 Illinois State Census, Kane County. Call # Microfilm 306, Reel 6. Index: Call # Microfilm 1230 (please specify surname).

1865 Illinois State Census, Kane County. Call # Microfilm 305, Reel 9.

Index to 1865 Kane County, IL State Census. Geneva, IL: Kane County Genealogical Society, 2000. Call # folio F547.K2 I5 2000.

Directories

Evans’ Rural Route Directory of Kane County, Illinois. Elgin, IL: W. W. Evans, 1934-35. Call # F547.K2 E8.

Ferslew, William. Ferslew’s Kane County Gazetteer, Directory, and Business Advertiser, 1857. Geneva, IL: Ferslew & Co., 1857. Call # Microfiche 283 No. 580-580.2.

Hall, E. Hepple. The Northern Counties Gazetteer and Directory, for 1855-1856. Chicago: R. Fergus, 1855. Call # Microfiche 283, No. 553-553.7. Includes Kane County.

Kane County, 1859-1860. Call # Microfiche 283, No. 581-581.2.

Kane County, 1919-1920, 1922-1923, 1926-1927. No call # required. Please specify year on call slip.

Maps and Land Resources

Combination Atlas Map of Kane County, Illinois. Geneva, IL: Thompson & Everts, 1872. Call # +G 10896.87.

Kane County, IL, 1851 (Landownership map on microfiche). Washington, DC: LC G&M Division, [1983?]. Call # Microfiche 583, No. 103.

Land Atlas and Plat Book, Kane County, Illinois. Rockford, IL: Rockford Map Publishers, 1981, c1967. Call # folio G1408.K2 R6 1981.

Mann, Adin. Map of Kane County, Illinois. Philadelphia: Matthews, Crane & Co., 1860. Call # folio F 89646.549.

Biographical Resources

Commemorative Portrait and Biographical Record of Kane and Kendall Counties. Chicago, IL: Beers, Leggett & Co., 1888. Call # folio E 489638.2. Index: Call # E 489638.2 Index.

Kane County, Illinois Early Families, 1833-1885. Elgin, IL: Elgin Genealogical Society, 1991. Call # folio F547.K2 K366 1991.

Cemeteries

McCullough, Zola. Kane County, Illinois Cemetery Compendium. St. Charles, IL: Z. McCullough, 1993. Call # folio F547.K2 M23 1993.

McMakin, Dean. Surname Guide to Kane County, Illinois Cemeteries. Geneva, IL: Kane County Genealogical Society, 1986. Call # folio F547.K2 M38 1986.

Military

Honor Roll, Kane County, State of Illinois. [Springfield]: Illinois Veterans’ Commission, 1956. Call # folio F896.4475a, Vol. 6. Part of 14-volume set. Lists veterans buried in Illinois prior to 1955. Organized by county, town, cemetery, and then name.