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Guide to '''Whiteside County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
 
Guide to '''Whiteside County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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=== Whiteside County Organization  ===
 
=== Whiteside County Organization  ===
  
Whiteside County's civil records start the following years:
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Whiteside County, Illinois. Page 192-199 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 194-197.</ref></center>
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; '''Beginning Dates for Whiteside County Records'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1839
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois#Death_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1838
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1838
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Whiteside County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1839
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1810
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1877<br>
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| colspan="7"| <center>*Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916. General compliance by 1922.</center>
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1857<br>  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1877<br>
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840<br>
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1838<br>
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1839<br>
 
 
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Whiteside County are kept, see the [[Whiteside County, Illinois Courthouse|Whiteside County Courthouse]] page.  
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Whiteside County are kept, see the [[Whiteside County, Illinois Courthouse|Whiteside County Courthouse]] page.
  
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
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=== Populated Places  ===
 
=== Populated Places  ===
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://illinois.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,195,c,whiteside.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Whiteside County, Illinois," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteside_County%2C_Illinois, accessed 10 March 2020.</ref>
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{{Populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton,_Illinois Fulton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrison,_Illinois Morrison]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophetstown,_Illinois Prophetstown]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Falls,_Illinois Rock Falls]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterling,_Illinois Sterling]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampico,_Illinois Tampico]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galt,_Illinois Galt]
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*Malvern
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Como,_Illinois Como]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Albany]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Clyde]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coloma_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Coloma]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Erie]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenton_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Fenton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Fulton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_Plain_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Garden Plain]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesee_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Genesee]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hahnaman_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Hahnaman]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopkins_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Hopkins]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hume_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Hume]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Jordan]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Lyndon]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montmorency_Township,_Illinois Montmorency]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Pleasant_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Mount Pleasant]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Newton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Portland]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophetstown_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Prophetstown]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterling_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Sterling]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampico_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Tampico]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Grove_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Union Grove]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ustick_Township,_Whiteside_County,_Illinois Ustick]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany,_Illinois Albany]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleta,_Illinois Coleta]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_Grove,_Illinois Deer Grove]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie,_Illinois Erie]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon,_Illinois Lyndon]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampico,_Illinois Tampico]
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
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*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Whiteside Graveyards of Illinois]
 
*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Whiteside Graveyards of Illinois]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392605&reqParentsLabel=Whiteside%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Illinois Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Illinois Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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The following web sites have additional information on Whiteside county cemeteries.
 
The following web sites have additional information on Whiteside county cemeteries.
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6790&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=46&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Whiteside County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and website.
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/whiteside/cem/index.html Genealogy Trails] has a complete list of local cemeteries organized both by name and township.
 
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/whiteside/cemetery.html Genealogy Trails] has a complete list of local cemeteries organized both by name and township.
 
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
  
{{USCensusPop
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{{Historical populations
| 1900= 34710
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|type = USA
| 1910= 34507
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|heading = Census
| 1920= 36174
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteside_County,_Illinois#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]                                                                                                                    |1840 |2514                                                              
| 1930= 39019
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|1850 |5361                                                                           
| 1940= 43338
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|1860 |18737                                                                                   
| 1950= 49336
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|1870 |27503                                               
| 1960= 59887
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|1880 |30885                                                                                                                 
| 1970= 62877
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|1890 |30854                                                                                                                 
| 1980= 65970
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|1900 |34710                                                                                                        
| 1990= 60186
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|1910 |34507                                                                                                            
| 2000= 60653
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|1920 |36174                                                                                    
| 2010= 58498
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|1930 |39019                                                                                                  
| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990]
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|1940 |43338                                                              
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|1950 |49336                                                                                                                
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|1960 |59887                                                                                                                
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|1970 |62877                                                                                                                    
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|1980 |65970                                                                                                                  
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|1990 |60186                                                                                                                    
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|2000 |60653                                                                                                                    
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|2010 |58498                                                                                                          
 
}}  
 
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
  
Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village. <br>  
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Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village. <br>
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392605&reqParentsLabel=Whiteside%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]'''
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.  
 
Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.  
  
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at Northern Illinois University - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [https://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at Northern Illinois University - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
  
 
:*'''1855–1886''' Chancery Court records {{FHL|407587|item|disp=FHL film 1021864–70}}  
 
:*'''1855–1886''' Chancery Court records {{FHL|407587|item|disp=FHL film 1021864–70}}  
:*'''1872-1886''' Jail Registers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]
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:*'''1872-1886''' Jail Registers [https://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD-NIU]
  
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*The City of Sterling has published a [http://ci.sterling.il.us/main/history/ short history of Sterling].  
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/whiteside/sterling.html History of Sterling Township].  
*The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society has published a [http://www.svonline.net/~srfhs/story7.html history of Sterling].
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*The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society has published a [https://srfhs.com/early-history history of Sterling].
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.  
 
Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.  
  
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at Northern Illinois University - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD – Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [https://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at Northern Illinois University - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD – Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
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'''Copies of original records'''  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
  
:*'''1832-1870''' Land patent record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]  
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:*'''1832-1870''' Land patent record [https://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD-NIU]  
 
:*'''1839–1855''' Land patent record {{FHL|268236|item|disp=FHL film 1021134 Item 1}}  
 
:*'''1839–1855''' Land patent record {{FHL|268236|item|disp=FHL film 1021134 Item 1}}  
:*'''1855-1871''' Swamp Land Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]  
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:*'''1855-1871''' Swamp Land Record [https://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD-NIU]  
 
:*'''1855–1883''' Swampland record {{FHL|268243|item|disp=FHL film 1021134 Items 2-3}}  
 
:*'''1855–1883''' Swampland record {{FHL|268243|item|disp=FHL film 1021134 Items 2-3}}  
 
:*'''1865''' Special bounty war tax judgments {{FHL|268193|item|disp=FHL film 1021133 Item 2}}
 
:*'''1865''' Special bounty war tax judgments {{FHL|268193|item|disp=FHL film 1021133 Item 2}}
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=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
  
[[Image:Ilwhiteside.jpg|center|300px|Ilwhiteside.jpg]]
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{{IL Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{IL Whiteside County}}}}
  
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392605&reqParentsLabel=Whiteside%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1800-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1989159|Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
'''Online Probate Records'''
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''Online Probate Indexes and Records''
 
:*'''1772 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9048 Illinois Wills and Probate Records 1772-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
 
:*'''1772 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9048 Illinois Wills and Probate Records 1772-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
:*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images  
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:*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — images  
  
  
 
Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
 
Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
  
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [https://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
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==== Family History Center  ====
 
==== Family History Center  ====
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
  
[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
 
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*[[Sterling Illinois Family History Center]]
You may search your address for a center near you on the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] site. The following center serves Whiteside County:
 
 
 
:[[Sterling Illinois Family History Center|Sterling Illinois Family History Center]]<br>2709 N 16th Avenue<br>Sterling, Illinois 61081<br>Telephone: (815) 625-1229
 
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-vital-records/ How to order Illinois Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].  
 
See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-vital-records/ How to order Illinois Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].  
  
Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.whiteside.org/county-clerk/ Whiteside County Clerk ]while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. The website of the [http://www.whiteside.org/county-clerk/ Whiteside County Clerk] explains how to order birth, marriage, and death records.  
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.whiteside.org/county-clerk/ Whiteside County Clerk ]while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/birth-death-other-records Illinois Department of Public Health] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. The website of the [http://www.whiteside.org/county-clerk/ Whiteside County Clerk] explains how to order birth, marriage, and death records.  
  
<br>The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
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<br>The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [https://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
 
==== Birth Records  ====
 
==== Birth Records  ====
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==== Marriage Records  ====
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
  
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:*'''1587-1959''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=illinois%2cil Illinois, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
 
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
 
:*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
 
:*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
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==== Death Records  ====
 
==== Death Records  ====
  
'''Copies of original Death Records'''  
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'''Online Records'''  
 
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:*'''1749-1999''' {{RecordSearch|3541609|Illinois Deaths and Burials, 1749-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, some images
:*'''1871-1891, 1908–1918''' Corner's record {{FHL|268155|item|disp=FHL film 1021131}}  
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:*'''1871-1891, 1908–1918''' Coroner's record {{FHL|268155|item|disp=FHL film 1021131}}  
 
:*'''1892-1908''' Coroner's record {{FHL|268254|item|disp=FHL film 1021134 Item 4}}  
 
:*'''1892-1908''' Coroner's record {{FHL|268254|item|disp=FHL film 1021134 Item 4}}  
 
:*'''1850-1880''' {{RecordSearch|2334599|Illinois Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
:*'''1850-1880''' {{RecordSearch|2334599|Illinois Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
  
Additional resources for Whiteside County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|384022|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Whiteside – Vital Records}}, and the {{FHL|418219|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Whiteside – Vital Records - newspapers}} topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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Additional resources for Whiteside County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|384022|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Whiteside – Vital Records}}, and the {{FHL|418219|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Whiteside – Vital Records - newspapers}} topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/whiteside-county/ Whiteside County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]  
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/whiteside-county/ Whiteside County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]  
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Whiteside-County.htm Whiteside County IL Genealogy]  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Whiteside-County.htm Whiteside County IL Genealogy]
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104195621376697101310 Illinois Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
 
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
 
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Whiteside|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Whiteside|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  

Revision as of 10:54, 30 March 2021

Guide to Whiteside County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Whiteside County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Whiteside County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 16, 1836
County Seat Morrison
Courthouse
Whiteside County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Whiteside County Courthouse
200 E. Knox Street
Morrison, IL 61270-2698
(815) 772-5189
Whiteside County Website


Whiteside County Organization[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1878 1839 1878 1838 1838 1839 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916. General compliance by 1922.

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Whiteside County are kept, see the Whiteside County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Samuel Whiteside

Whiteside County is named for Samuel Whiteside who was a commander in the War of 1812, a Colonel of the Territorial militia, and Brigadier General during the Black Hawk War. He also served in politics and helped select the site for the State Capitol. [2]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1836--Whiteside County was created 16 January 1836 from Jo Daviess and Henry Counties.  County seat:  Morrison [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for General Samuel Whiteside, an Illinois officer in the War of 1812 and Black Hawk War. The county seat is Morrison and the county was organized on 1836. The County is located in the North West area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
  • Malvern
Census-designated places
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Whiteside, Illinois online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites have additional information on Whiteside county cemeteries.

  • Genealogy Trails has a complete list of local cemeteries organized both by name and township.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,514
1850 5,361 113.2%
1860 18,737 249.5%
1870 27,503 46.8%
1880 30,885 12.3%
1890 30,854 −0.1%
1900 34,710 12.5%
1910 34,507 −0.6%
1920 36,174 4.8%
1930 39,019 7.9%
1940 43,338 11.1%
1950 49,336 13.8%
1960 59,887 21.4%
1970 62,877 5.0%
1980 65,970 4.9%
1990 60,186 −8.8%
2000 60,653 0.8%
2010 58,498 −3.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1840 Pensioners[edit | edit source]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Whiteside County on page 188.]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at Northern Illinois University - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the NIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at Northern Illinois University - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD – Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1800s-Present - Use the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry patents. These records help a research establish location and lead to National Archives' records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are housed at the National Archives.
  • Illinois Public Land Purchase Records This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)

Copies of original records

Maps[edit | edit source]

Clinton CountyCarroll CountyOgle CountyLee CountyBureau CountyHenry CountyRock Island CountyIL WHITESIDE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Whiteside County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Whiteside County.

- 8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company C.
- 13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and G.
- 34th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, and K.
- 52nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 140th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies A, B, and D.
- 147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and G.
- 156th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Newspapers and Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • The Digital Archives of the Sterling Public Library has published more than 65,000 digital newspaper pages online for a number of local newspapers including Daily Gazette (2007), Evening Gazette (1887-1892), The Great Northwestern Fair (1884), Republican and Gazette (1861), Sauk Valley Sunday (2007), Sterling Daily Gazette (1917-1951), Sterling Evening Gazette (1894-1906), Sterling Gazette (1866-2007), Sterling Republican Gazette (1861-1865), Sterling Standard (1872-1928), The Sterling Times (1854), and Telegraph (2007).
  • The Sterling Public Library has published an index to the Sterling Daily Gazette that includes "births, engagements, marriages, marriage licesnse, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, divorces, obituaries, retirements, and individual accomplishments."

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records


Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theNIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Whiteside County are kept, see the Whiteside County Courthouse page.

Family History Center[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)[edit | edit source]

The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD), managed by the Illinois State Archives, houses the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois.

The Northern Illinois University (IRAD-NIU) holds the records for Whiteside County. Learn more about finding and using their records.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c/o Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library, Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-1807

Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

Albany Public Library District
201 South Main
Albany, IL 61230
Telephone: (309) 887-4193
Erie Public Library
802 8th Ave.
Erie, Illinois 61250
Telephone: (309)659-2707
Henry C. Adams Memorial Library
209 West Third Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277
Telephone: (815) 537-5462
Odell Public Library
307 South Madison Street
Morrison, IL 61270
Telephone: (815) 998-2012
Rock Falls Public Library District
1007 Seventh Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071
Telephone: (815) 626-3958
Schmaling Memorial Public Library District
501 Tenth Avenue
501 10th Ave.
PO Box 125
Fulton, IL 61252
Telephone: (815) 589-2045
Sterling Public Library
102 West Third Street
Sterling, IL 61081
Telephone: (815) 625-1370

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Whiteside County Genealogists
PO Box 145
Sterling 61081

Morrison Historical Society
229 E. Main St
PO Box 1
Morrison IL 61270

Prophetstown Area Historical Society
320 Washington St
Prophetstown IL 61277
Telephone Number: 815-537-2224
E-mail:jag1939@thewisp.net

Tampico Area Historical Society - Museum
Family History Library/Research Center
119 Main St.
PO Box 154
Tampico, IL 61283
E-mail:tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com
President Joan Johnson
Telephone Number: 815-438-7581
E-mail:garyjoan@thewisp.net
Family History Coordinator, Denise McLoughlin
Telephone Number: 815-590-2143
Website

Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society
1005 E. Third Street
PO Box 65
Sterling, IL 61081
Telephone Number: 815-622-6215

Tri-Township Heritage House
306 Lime St
Albany IL 61230

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Whiteside County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. The website of the Whiteside County Clerk explains how to order birth, marriage, and death records.


The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Whiteside County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Additional resources for Whiteside County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Whiteside – Vital Records, and the Illinois, Whiteside – Vital Records - newspapers topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Whiteside County, Illinois. Page 192-199 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 194-197.
  2. Samuel Whiteside www.wikipedia.org
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Whiteside County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteside_County,_Illinois 04/21/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Whiteside County, Illinois," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteside_County%2C_Illinois, accessed 10 March 2020.