Place:Kankakee, Illinois, United States

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Kankakee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 113,449, which is an increase of 9.3% from 103,833 in 2000. Its county seat is Kankakee.

The Kankakee-Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Kankakee County. The county is also part of the larger ChicagoNapervilleMichigan City, IL-IN-WI Combined Statistical Area.

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History

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Starting in the 1770s if not earlier the area that is now Kankakee County was dominated by the Pottawatami.

French Canadian Settlers came to Kankakee County in 1834, after the federal government signed the Treaty of Camp Tippecanoe in 1832. They were soon joined by migrants from New York and Vermont who had moved their way west, mostly locating in Momence, Illinois. In the 1840s most of the migrants were French Canadians or Metis and they settled in such places as Bourbonnais.

An act of the Illinois Legislature created Kankakee County out of the north part of Iroquois County and the south part of Will County on February 11, 1853. The six original townships were: Yellowhead, Rockville, Bourbonnais, Momence, Aroma Park, and Limestone. The population of the new county was about 8,000. It wasn’t until 1855 that the two western townships of Norton and Essex were taken from Vermilion County and added to Kankakee County. The County was named for the Kankakee River.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1832 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1853 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1853 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1853 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1853 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 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
1877 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
1860 15,412
1870 24,352
1880 25,047
1890 28,732
1900 37,154
1910 40,752
1920 44,940
1930 50,095
1940 60,877
1950 73,524
1960 92,063
1970 97,250
1980 102,926
1990 96,255

Research Tips

External links

  • KanWiki Kankakee's Wiki - A great website for information and history of Kankakee.
  • Outstanding guide to Kankakee 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.co.kankakee.il.us/


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