Place:Iroquois, Illinois, United States

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Iroquois County is a county located in the northeast part of the U.S. state of Illinois along the border with Indiana. It is the third largest county in the state in terms of area, covering over . According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 29,718, which is a decrease of 5.2% from 31,334 in 2000. The county seat of Watseka is located near the center of the county, which is the only county in the United States to be named Iroquois, after the American Indian people.[1]

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History

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Iroquois County was created on February 26, 1833 out of a portion of Vermilion County. It was named for the Iroquois River, which was itself named for the Iroquois people. The first county seat was established at the town of Iroquois in 1837, though no official buildings were constructed there and offices were rented. Several other sites for the county seat were examined, and in 1839 it was moved to Middleport; a court house and jail were built there. There was a long battle between Middleport and Watseka (also known as South Middleport) as to which should be the county seat; in 1865, it was finally moved to Watseka. The town of Middleport no longer exists, but there is a township of that name. A courthouse was built in Watseka in 1866 at a cost of $28,000 and included a jail in the basement; this building was expanded in 1881, and a new jail was built in 1893 just east of the courthouse.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1833 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1834 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1834 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1834 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1866 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1878 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1840 1,695
1850 4,149
1860 12,325
1870 25,782
1880 35,451
1890 35,167
1900 38,014
1910 35,543
1920 34,841
1930 32,913
1940 32,496
1950 32,348
1960 33,562
1970 33,532
1980 32,976
1990 30,787

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Iroquois County family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, censuses, wills, deeds, county histories, cemeteries, churches, naturalizations, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.
  • www.rootsweb.com/~iliroquo


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