Kane County, Illinois
History and Genealogy
Welcome to Kane County ILGenWeb, part of the USGenWeb Project. Kane County was organized on January 16, 1836. It was named after Territorial Judge Elias Kent Kane. The new Kane County included DeKalb County and part of northern of Kendall County. DeKalb separated from Kane County in 1837, and Kendall in 1841. Some of the earliest settlers were Joseph and Samuel McCarty, Hezekiah and James T. Gifford, and Christopher Payne. Read about early Kane County life - click here for access.
I am Pat Sabin, County Coordinator for Kane County ILGenWeb . I have been an active contributor to the USGenWeb Project since 1996, and a County Coordinator since 1999. I also host the DuPage County ILGenWeb. On May 26, 2013 I adopted and began to reorganize the Kane County ILGenWeb site. I appreciate your patience while I update links and pages. Your volunteer participation is welcome! Read more ABOUT the USGenWeb Project and ILGenWeb Project. Please visit the VOLUNTEER page to see how you can contribute.
My interest in Kane County is through my New England families who migrated to Northeast Illinois from 1833 to 1850, settling in Cook, DuPage, Iroquois, Kane, McHenry, and Will Counties. My good friend of many years in Atlanta is from St. Charles, and genealogy is one of the many things we have in common.
Thanks to Marcia Holpuch, for her dedicated service as Kane County ILGenWeb Coordinator, 1998-2007, and to all the contributors who made this site such a great resource for Kane County genealogists.
I regret that I do not live in Kane County, and am unable to help with personal research questions. However, I hope to include ample information here to assist you in your search.
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WHAT'S NEW AT KANE COUNTY ILGENWEB
Surnames & Researchers
Kane County Photographs and Vintage Postcards
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Queries - Post and View Queries at:
Subscribe to Kane County Genealogy List on RootsWeb -
Queries - 1998-2007
*NOTE: These are OLD QUERIES, and you may find that some email addresses are no longer valid. We continue to make these accessible in case an old post offers a missing puzzle piece!
Aurora Public Library
Batavia Public Library
Also in Batavia, visit the Gustafson Research Center at the Depot Museum where they have a card file index of the Batavia Herald.
HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES
Aurora Historical Society
Batavia Historical Society
Dundee Township Historical Society
Elgin Area Historical Society
Kane County Genealogical Society
Geneva Historical Society
OFFICIAL TOWN WEBSITES
County Government Website
McDowall's Kane County History Site
Thank you for being my good friend and sharing your info with Kane County ILGenWeb!
KANE COUNTY MAPS
COUNTY FORMATION & STATE CENSUS MAPSThis link (outside of ILGenWeb) will show you how the counties changed through the years and census divisions for federal census years.
Illinois Census and County Formation Maps .
Visit Michael L. Hébert's excellent history of the Illinois county formations at http://maps.ilgw.org/
HISTORICAL COUNTY TOWNSHIP MAPSJanet Pearson has copied township maps from atlases from different years. As they become available, they will be added to the list. To see a map of a particular township, click on the year within that township. These maps can be exciting sources for research as they show the property owners at the time the map was compiled - between census years.
Sources: 1872 - Combination Atlas Map of Kane County Illinois. Compiled, Drawn and Published from personal Examinations and Surveys by Thompson and Everts, Geneva, Illinois, 1872. See the title page from this atlas. These maps were scanned and contributed by Janet Pearson.
1892 - Atlas of Kane County Illinois. Drawn
and Compiled from Personal Observations, Actual
Surveys and County Records. D. W. Ensign & Co.
1892 See the title
page from this atlas. County "overview"
maps showing the townships and section numbers can
be viewed for the north
portions of the county. This set of maps have been
scanned and donated by Janet Pearson.
1904 - 20th Century Atlas of Kane County
Illinois, Containing maps of Villages, Cities and
Townships of the County. Middle-West Publishing Co.
633-634 Manhattan Building, Chicago, ILL. 1904. See
the title page
from this atlas. This set of maps were scanned and
donated by Janet Pearson.
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E-Mail Pat Sabin, County Coordinator, 2013-2015
Please put "Kane County" in your subject line. Thanks!
County Coordinator, 1998-2007, Marcia Holpuch for The ILGenWeb Project
Thank you, Marcia, for your years of dedication to the Kane County ILGenWeb Project!