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Welcome to DeKalb County
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DeKalb County was established on March 4, 1837 from Kane County. Our County Seat is Sycamore Illinois.

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This website is maintained by Sheryl Dowden, [email protected]

"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness."
President Barack Hussein Obama, Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009


Local Information
Historical DeKalb County Books Online
History of DeKalb County
by Henry Lamson Boies
Past and Present of DeKalb County Vol I
by Professor Lewis M. Gross
The Biographical Record of DeKalb County Illinois
by S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
  Sycamore True Republican

Online and Searchable.  Use Joiner
History Room link, below


Cemetery Information
Pinpoint Any DeKalb County Cemetery
Search  Many Cemeteries On-Line
See Notice At Bottom Of This Page
Census Information
1840 Census
1850, 1860, 1880 Mortality Schedules

1855 and 1856 State Census Info Provided
by FamilySearch.org
 Circuit Clerk 
 Documents Online
Provided by FamilySearch.org
Wills, Probate, Executor, Court,
Guardianship Records and more.
Hint: Page # in indexes refer to the page
number of the sheet within the ledger, not
the image number on FamilySearch.

Birth, Marriage, Death
and Naturalization Index


Important DeKalb County Documents
1840-50 Land Sales
County Business Directory, 1854 -55
One Room School Houses,   More


Historical Societies, Museums and Research Centers
Organizations Who's Goals Are To Help In Your Research Of DeKalb County

DeKalb County Historical-Genealogy Society Publication Cornsilk
Article Index!


Joiner History Room
Research Services - "Start Here" For
A Treasure Trove Of Research Materials



Links to DeKalb County Libraries

Local Family Trees
 Family Trees of Families  
Who Resided In DeKalb County

Submit Lookup Requests to
 [email protected]


Military Resources
Civil War Regiments, Rosters and Soldier Papers, 1883 Pensioner List
How to Request Military Service Records

County Road Maps, Township Maps
Selected City Maps, Area Maps.


Naturalization Records
Provided by FamilySearch.org

This Information Was Compiled
And Submitted by Melodie Sanders

Link to 1892 DeKalb Chronicle
Submitted by Susan Pieroth


This link will take you to the
Joiner History Room.  Use their online
database.  If you don't find what you are
looking for, email them.  They have
sources that are not online.

 Links To DeKalb County Organizations,
Newspapers, Churches



List of Places of Interest In The County
Many Of Which No Longer Exist

Query Board
Enter genealogical questions about  your ancestors and you may get answers. 

Taming the Wild Prairie
A History of DeKalb County. 
A collaborative effort to bring original historical materials about the early history of DeKalb County to the public.


Vital Records
Obtaining Birth, Death,
 Marriage & Probate Records
Information is coming online!

Coming Soon!  Submit Your Ancestor's Will to [email protected]

Nearby Counties Information

Winnebago/Boone County Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes
Winnebago and Boone counties are  DeKalb's northern neighbors.  These databases available online from the Cherry Valley Library may contain names of DeKalb County citizens. These are large databases and take extra time to load.


Please check the The USGenWeb Project for additional information to our neighbor counties.  Link to these archives is below under Federal & Nationwide Information

Statewide Information

State of Illinois Archives
State of Illinois Genealogical Records: 
Land, Probate, Military, Census, etc.
Illinois Death
Certificate Index 1916-1950

Search  State of Illinois Archives
Illinois Statewide
Marriage Index 1763-1900
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Non-certified copies of 1916-1947 death certificates, Military Service Certificates

Federal & Nationwide Information
Bureau of Land Management
Land Patents 1820-1908 
Genealogy Trails
A website established by volunteers dedicated to free genealogy. 

Although not connected with the federal government, this site can be searched for nationwide information.


Helpful Research Information
From Our Site Users
1880 Census Searches on Ancestry. COM
This tip comes from Martin Johnson who wrote, " The 1880 census county search box will not find counties such as DeKalb and McHenry, etc.  You have to put a space in between E and K in DeKalb (De Kalb) and C and H for McHenry (Mc Henry) , otherwise it won't find anything.  The other Ancestry census indexes use DeKalb and McHenry without spaces."
Elgin Asylum Death Records by Martin Johnson
View and Share Vintage Photos:  The website explains, "by creating a free account on Shorpy (www.Shorpy.com) you can share your own vintage photographs. Visitors to the site are particularly interested in images from the dawn of photography to the 1940s. Best of all, becoming a member is free!"

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The above search engine results does not include information presented in Adobe or .jpg format. 

The following cemeteries are in Adobe or .jpg format and must be searched one at a time.
Hicks Mill-Cronktown 2004 Update Mound Rest
Greenwood Ohio Grove
Immanuel Lutheran St. Paul's Catholic
Johnson Grove Union Lutheran, Lee County
Masear Waterman/Rose School Hse


From Their Website FAQ - "What am I searching?":  Answer:  The USGenWeb Project states, state special projects, counties in states, in some cases towns in counties, and The USGenWeb Special Projects excluding the Archives and Archives Sub-Projects because they have their own search. We typically do not index state internal business pages such as policies and guidelines, nor non-The USGenWeb Project member sites.

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