Kane County, Illinois
History and Genealogy
Welcome to Kane County ILGenWebKane 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.
Member of The USGenWeb Project
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. Your volunteer participation is welcome! Read more ABOUT the USGenWeb Project and ILGenWeb Project, and 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. Please be patient while I update this site.
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. The USGenWeb Project is an all volunteer organization.
I regret that I do not live in Kane County, and may be unable to help with personal research questions. However, I hope we have included ample information here to assist you in your search.
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Kane County Residents
Queries - Post and View Queries
Subscribe to Kane County Genealogy List - 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*NOTE: These are OLD QUERIES, and you may find that some email addresses are no longer valid.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!
1888 Listing of business & people in Kaneville
1893 Illinois State Gazeteer, Kaneville listings only
Veterans buried at Kaneville Cemetery
Transcribed Biographies of County Residents
Transcribed Obituaries of County Residents
Name index for 15 Jul 1881 Valley Chronicle (newspaper)
St. Charles Newspaper Excerpts (Several Newspapers)
St. Charles - 1870-1900
St. Charles 1901-1940
St. Charles 1941-1962
Transcribed Probate Records
of County Residents
Elgin Photography Studios
Historical Elgin Churches
News Tidbits from local papers
Elgin Voters - 1840 Presidential Election
Elgin Tax Payers 1864
Scanned Birth, Marriage, Death Certificates
Ladies Aid Society and National Alliance - Member roster from History of Kane Co. Ill 1908, Page 653, contributed by Cynthia Nelson
Name index for 1 Aug 1902 St. Charles Chronicle (newspaper)
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
I am gradually moving June's info to the ILGenWeb 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.
Dennis Partridge, State Coordinator
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Many thanks to Marcia Holpuch for her amazing leadership as County Coordinator, 1998-2007