Will County Illinois Genealogy

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Biography of George Abbott, Sr.

1878 History of Will County, Illinois George ABBOTT, proprietor of the New England Restaurant, Joliet was born in Keene, N.H., Dec. 1, 1829; there he resided until 1853, when he went to Missouri, and remained two years, returning to Keene. He shortly afterward came to...

Earliest History of Will County, Illinois

The reader has perhaps observed on the maps of this State two lines running parallel to each other and diagonally across the townships, and called the Indian Boundary. The land included between these lines - a strip twenty miles wide - was surveyed in 1821-22 (the...

Topography of Will County, Illinois

The county is largely prairie, although it exhibits a great variety of soil and surface. There are several townships in which there is not a stick of timber (except as introduced by cultivation), yet considerable bodies of timber are found along the streams, and in...

Family of Grover Ayers Earls and Eva Salina Lumbard Earls

(7) (Vol. 1, #1131) Family of Grover Ayers Earls and Eva Salina Lumbard Earls taken in 1912 in Joliet, Illinois. Back row, left to right, Angelica Gladys 1901-1973, Jeanie Ella 1898-1969, Mable Emma 1896-1947, Alice Flora 1891-1980, Gracie Gloria 1889-1966, Elsie Mary...

Real Estate Owners J Surnames

Real Estate Owners extracted from History of Will County, Illinois Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co. 1878 Submitted by Margie Glenn J Surnames [table id=32...

Welcome to the Will County ILGenWeb

If you have access to any genealogical and/or historical information regarding Will County, own or have access to reference books to do look-ups, or have information to post to this site, your submission would be appreciated. – Any public domain material: birth records, death records, cemetery listings, early settlers, family histories, military records, obituaries, old newspaper articles, town histories, photos, etc., would be appreciated.

Our Purpose

These pages are a part of the ILGenWeb Project. They provide a resource for genealogists searching in Will County, Illinois. You can post queries about surnames you are researching, see who else might be researching the same names as yourself, ask volunteers to do reference look-ups, volunteer to do reference look-ups, and get information on searching in Will County. My name is Dennis Partridge, and I am currently the host of Will County, you can contact me here, if you have any questions. I do not live in Will County, nor Illinois, but I will attempt to answer your research questions or point you in the direction of somebody who can.

Will County now has local representation… actually, we got several in the form of the Will Grundy Genealogical Society! They will be assisting me by providing more direct answers in response to questions, comments and queries concerning your research in Will County.

About the County

Elks Parade August 17 1909 Joliet Illinois

Elks Parade August 17 1909 Joliet Illinois

Will County is located in northeastern Illinois, south of Cook County. The county seat is in Joliet, Illinois which is located approximately 40 miles southwest of Chicago on the Des Plaines River.

The county received its name from Dr. Conrad Will, a member of the first Constitutional Convention and a member of the Illinois Legislature until his death in 1835. In the year 1836, January 12th, Will County was formed from Cook County and Iroquois County and included besides its present area, the part of Kankakee County, Illinois lying north of the Kankakee River. Will County lost a small area when Kankakee County, Illinois was organized in 1852, but since then its boundaries have been unchanged.

It is divided into 24 townships: Channahon, Crete, Custer, Du Page, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Homer, Jackson, Joliet, Lockport, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Plainfield, Reed, Troy, Washington, Wesley, Wheatland, Will, Wilmington, and Wilton.

From the 1854 US Gazetteer WILL, a county in the E. N. E. part of Illinois, bordering on Indiana, has an area of 1236 square miles. It is intersected by the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers, branches of the Illinois. The surface is generally level, and destitute of timber, excepting small groves. The soil is very fertile, and much of it is under cultivation. The soil of the prairies is a deep, sandy loam, adapted to Indian corn and grass. In 1850 the county produced 527,903 bushels of Indian corn; 230,885 of wheat; 334,360 of oats; 32,043 tons of hay, and 319,054 pounds of butter. It contained 14 churches, 3 newspaper offices; 3472 pupils attending public schools, and 200 attending other schools. Quarries of building stone are worked near the county seat. The Des Plaines river furnishes water-power. The county is intersected by the Illinois and Michigan canal, by the Chicago branch of the Central railroad, the Chicago and Mississippi, and by the Chicago and Rock Island railroad. Named in honor of Conrad Will, for many years a member of the Illinois legislature. Capital, Joliet. Population, 16,703.

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Be sure to visit our neighboring counties: Cook DuPage Grundy Kane Kankakee Kendall Lake Co IN

The USGenWeb Project has grown into a national volunteer effort providing a website for each county in the US. – This project began in 1996 in Kentucky and continues to grow daily. – Volunteers coordinate the collection of materials and oversee the contents of their county pages.- The Will County IL page is affiliated with the ILGenWeb Project and the USGenWeb Project.

Special thanks to former Will County Coordinators: Ted Cash, 1998-2007; Deb Vieau Haines 2007-2014

Last Update: Nov 7, 2017 @ 2:25 pm EST
Will County Coordinator: Dennis Partridge
Local Representation: Will Grundy Genealogical Society


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