Place:McHenry, Illinois, United States

NameMcHenry
Alt namesMcHenrysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates42.333°N 88.467°W
Located inIllinois, United States     (1836 - )
See alsoPutnam, Illinois, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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McHenry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 308,760, making it the sixth-most populous county in Illinois. Its county seat is Woodstock.[1]

McHenry County is one of the five collar counties of the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. Long known as a center of agriculture and recreation, it has more recently experienced rapid rates of suburbanization, exurbanization and urbanization, but the northern and western portions of the county remain primarily agricultural and rural.

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History

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McHenry County was formed in 1836 out of Cook and LaSalle counties. The county was named for Major William McHenry, a member of the Illinois Militia during Tecumseh's War, a major during the Blackhawk War in 1832, and a member of the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate. He died in Vandalia in 1835.

McHenry County originally stretched all the way east to Lake Michigan, with the county seat centrally in McHenry, but in 1839, the eastern townships of the county were carved out to form Lake County.


Historical sites

Timeline

Date Event Source
1836 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1837 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1838 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1839 Land 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
1840 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1840 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
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
1840 2,578
1850 14,978
1860 22,089
1870 23,762
1880 24,908
1890 26,114
1900 29,759
1910 32,509
1920 33,164
1930 35,079
1940 37,311
1950 50,656
1960 84,210
1970 111,555
1980 147,897
1990 183,241

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of McHenry County, Illinois, United States

Research Tips

External Links

  • Outstanding guide to McHenry 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.mchenry.il.us/


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