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You may find information on your ancestors in neighboring counties. Kankakee county was not formed until 1853. Before that, the land north of the river belonged to Will county and the land south of the river, except Essex and Norton townships, belonged to Iroquois county. The land in Essex and Norton townships was admitted to Kankakee county from Vermilion county in 1855. 

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DATE: Fri Dec 2 07:59:24 2011
CONTACT: John Hirsch res089pr@frontier.com
QUERY: I am seeking an obituary for John Steven Frank who died on November 29, 1988 in Manteno, IL. Any help that can be provided will be appreciated. Thanks.
DATE: Thu Nov 17 12:43:37 2011
CONTACT: Dean DeSalvi  worrywart54@roadrunner.com
QUERY: Looking for any information on a Joseph DeSalvi or his Wife Assunta Mary DeSalvi nee Capaldi. She died 24 Oct 1950 in Kamkakee. Thanks in advance.
DATE: Mon Nov 14 21:02:08 2011
CONTACT: Leverne St.Peter avernandkay@gmail.com
QUERY: I would like to find out where my g grandfather and g grandmother was buried. There names were Loudivici Merino Boselease Merino. He was born in Canada 1829 died 1910 in Aroma twp. She was born in Canada 1831 died in Aroma twp. Don't know the date. Can anybody help me out?
DATE: Tue Nov 8 10:40:33 2011
CONTACT: Stacy Fackler alexann73@yahoo.com
QUERY: I am looking for information for my brother-in-law about his father, Robert William Anderson, b:3 Jan 1944/d:19 Aug 1994. He was born in Illinois, and then adopted around 1952. He passed away in Sikeston, Scott Co. Missouri. He married Cassandra Crawford in or around 1979 or 1980, and then was divorced. Any info appreciated.
DATE: Mon Nov 7 19:39:34 2011
CONTACT: Susan Buling suebuling@hotmail.com
QUERY: looking for info on James and Hannah Knowles. They were living in Yellowhead in 1860. She had 3 children from previous marriage (Marilla, Charles, and George Lynn) and she and James had a boy, Seward Knowles, born in 1862 (my great- grandfather). James died before 1870 census and Hannah died before 1880 census. Looking for marriage and death records for James and Hannah; birth record for Seward. Thanks
DATE: Mon Oct 10 09:07:09 2011
CONTACT: Jordon Tindell tindell936@comcast.net
QUERY: I'm looking for information on John von Wilhelm Schneider who was married to Anna Scheider, maiden name possibly Casper. They had a child named Alfred John Christoph Schneider, born in 1899. They lived in Grant Park, Illinois. If you know of them or have any info, I would appreciate it for you to email me. They would be my great-great grandparents. Thanks!
DATE: Fri Sep 9 14:55:12 2011
CONTACT: Jolene Hartje jhartje2009@yahoo.com
QUERY: My mystery is the Christoph Tetreau family in Bourbonnais. The 1850 and 1860 US Census shows this family in Bourbonnais. I believe Christophe emmigrated from Canada with his wife Genevieve Benjamin. I can find no death for Genevieve, divorce, or an additonal marriage for Christophe. The 1850 census lists Sophia as what appears to be his wife. The 1860 census has Jane as what appears to be the wife. If anyone can help resolve this mystery, I would be greatful.
DATE: Tue Aug 30 18:59:13 2011
CONTACT: Anita (Rouse) Schmidt schmidt.a@verizon.net
QUERY: I have a picture of Louisa Rouse, who was daughter of Joel Albert Rouse and Isabel Flint. She was born 1850 in Indianapolis. I do not have her married name. The picture is of Louisa, when she was about 15 or 16. If someone would like a copy, I would be glad to scan the picture. Would like to know who she married and the date.
DATE: Fri Aug 5 23:21:30 2011
CONTACT: JPare geoduckling@gmail.com
QUERY: I'm trying to find leads on the Birthplace of Edward/Edmond Brosseau, born in Canada in 1833, died Concordia, KS 1902, or of his wife Mary born in Canada 1835, died Concordia, KS 1907.  They had 10 children, the oldest, Noel (spelled Newel, Neville etc) was born in Bourbonnais in 1858.  I've found no leads on Mary's surname and can't link Edmond to any of the other male Brosseau's who lived in Kankakee at the same time (traced a couple into Canada).  My guess is that they came from either Longueuil or Beauce, Quebec, based on the hometown's of their in law's, and of their neighbors.
DATE: Fri Jul 29 23:36:06 2011
CONTACT: Joe Fitzpatrick Ltcfitz@verizon.net
QUERY: Family member CALEB MERRITT married ELIZABETH THOMAS 3/29/1870 in Kankakee County per Illinois marriage index. Is there a way to get a copy of the record (Vol b Pg 82 Lic #2563)?  I am in California. I am trying to determine if THOMAS was her maiden name or married name.
DATE: Sun Jul 17 20:15:01 2011
CONTACT: Donald Granger dongranger1953@att.net
HOMEPAGE:Charles Granger 1810
QUERY: I'm looking for lost cousins, descendants of French Canadians who mainly settled in the St. George and Bourbonnais area, not excluding Kankakee. Main families of Granger, LeBeau, LeCuyer, Boudreau, LeClair to share my family history website. Since this is a private password website, you need to identify yourself and show me your family tree to see if we are related before I issue you your password.
DATE: Sun Jul 17 18:38:12 2011
CONTACT: Virginia Colegrovegincole@me.com
QUERY: Looking for info on Harry Taylor who owned Kankakee Tile and Brick. Married Alice Rickie, she died and he married again, don't know her name. He purportedly committed suicide in the Depression.
DATE: Sun Jul 17 08:40:36 2011
CONTACT: Dona VanVoorst aurush@oakharbor.net
QUERY: I am searching anything in the SURNAME VANVOORST occurring in Union Hill, Kankakee Co., Illinois. My father-in-law, NELSON THOMAS VANVOORST was born in that community in 1910.
Thanks for your time.
DATE: Mon Apr 25 16:19:33 2011
CONTACT: Sue Lehman slehman58@att.net
QUERY: I am looking for assistance with finding the exact death dates and death locations for Raymond (1899-1961)and Bessie (1900- ?) Stow who are buried in Momence Cemetery. Kankakee County vital records has no record of Raymond. Thank you!
DATE: Thu Apr 21 02:32:30 2011
CONTACT: Roger VANNESSE roger.vannesse@proximus.be
QUERY: Good morning, I am from Belgium and I am looking for informations about family VANNESSE / VANESSE Cmement & Eugénie DEWEZ. Their children where Clement, Eugène, Marthe, Victor, Licien, Louis & Aimée. They arrived in USA Ca 1905, first in Crescent City, Iroquois County and than they moved to Kankakee. I think that around 1911 they went to Kansas but came back later to Kankakee??  Have you informations concerning this family? What happened with them after 1905 ? Many thks in advance.  Please excuse my poor english Best rgds.  Roger Vannesse
DATE: Tue Apr 5 14:51:21 2011
CONTACT: Ann Terrell Desmarais desmaraisdesign@comcast.net
QUERY: Looking for information on my Turrell/Terrell ancestors who settled in Kankakee Cty in the area of Momence. I am particulary interested in finding information about my ggrandmother b. c.1861 to Luther Turrell. I believe she is listed as Ellen in the 1870 Federal Census. mary helen and her brother George H. came to NH to live with their uncle back on the family farm in Dunstable, MA/NH sometime before 1877, most likely after their father died. From my research I believe that Mary Helen had a brother Franklin who remained in the area, married and settled in Momence. There is a stone in the Shrontz Cemetery. I am particularly interested in finding who Mary Helen's mother was if possible and when Luther died, but looking for someone willing to do some research at Kankakee Library or has a membership with daily Journal and willing to look up some obituaries. Thanks.
DATE: Fri Apr 1 09:13:37 2011
CONTACT: Donna Skubic decanters.r.fun@comcast.net
QUERY: I am interested in tracing the surname Fister. My grandfather was Anthony Fister, son of George and Rosa Fister. Please contact me if you have futher information. Thank you.
DATE: Thu Mar 31 23:35:53 2011
CONTACT: Donna Brinkmann Wetzel donnabw@centurylink.net
QUERY: I'm trying to find the name of the township school located at 1000 S and 1378 E in Momence township (?) just a mile south of Baseline road where the Brinkmann boys attended school in their early grades. They used to walk from the farm on Baseline Road to this school. Also would like a picture of the school if anyone has one to share. Thanks for your help.
DATE: Wed Mar 23 09:02:41 2011
CONTACT: Riana Sweet rianasweet@aol.com
QUERY: Doing Family tree research and am looking for a cousin Marie Martell born 9/21/1930 at Misrecordia Hospital in Chicago and adopted.
DATE: Wed Mar 23 09:11:04 2011
CONTACT: Riana Sweet rianasweet@aol.com
QUERY: There were a number of people with the last name Lamarre who immigrated from Chambly, Quebec, Canada in the 1850's. Some settled in Bourbonnais and kept the name LaMarre and some became farmers in Rockville Twp and took the name Lamore. I would like to know the story behind the name change.
DATE: Tue Mar 15 11:36:56 2011
CONTACT: Evelyn Nightingale enightingale@cox.net
QUERY: I'm trying to find a date and place of death for Mayme Malone Robinson McInturf. She was the daughter of Luther Adolphus Malone and Nancy Phillps. Her first husband was Wm Rufus Robinson. Her second husband was Wm H McInturf. On the 1930 census, she was living in Kankakee.
DATE: Sun Mar 13 13:55:23 2011
CONTACT: Mary Pirtle mary@pirtleranch.com
QUERY: I am looking for the parents, siblings or any other information on my great grandmother, AMELIA PANKOW, born in Kankakee on 16 July 1868. Amelia later married Henry Beseke on 10 November 1887 in Chicago, Illinois. They then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin by 1900.
DATE: Fri Mar 11 19:54:01 2011
CONTACT: Connie Mocaby secesh_lady@yahoo.com
QUERY: I am looking for information on Thomas & Jane P. Stroud and the children who lived in Kankakee. Thomas died in 1921 and Jane died in 1925 and are buried in the Bonfield Cemetery. I would like more information on the children and also on their land holdings in this area. They came there around 1870 as they are listed on the 1870 census.
DATE: Fri Mar 11 12:34:50 2011
CONTACT: Patty Smith phonelady2@frontier.com
QUERY: I have a letter from T. (I believe it is Thomas) Winstanley dated November 11, 1875, from Caberey, Kankakee County, Illinois. The letter is written to his nephew Peter Taylor referring to a letter he had received from Peter on October 11, 1875 from England. I would like to know more about T. Winstanley. Thanks for any information.
DATE: Thu Mar 10 10:59:02 2011
CONTACT: Bill Olsen bill.olsen@cox.net
QUERY: I have been researching family information, and have come across a brick wall. My great grandfathers were Cass J. Hayden and Mansfield Dickey. My grandmother, Alvira Dickey (married name Prosser) died in 1989 and was buried in either the Momence cemetery or Grant Park. A few years later, her sister, Elnora died (married name Colin), was cremated, and placed in with my grandmother. I have been unable to find them on previous quick trips to the area. I need guidance as to who might have the information, and would appreciate any and all help.
DATE: Thu Feb 24 10:26:13 2011
CONTACT: Riana Martel Sweet rianasweet@aol.com
QUERY: I am currently doing family history research on my grandfather, George Martell, born in Kankakee, Il in 1873 and died 1932 in Kankakee. Parents were Peter (1833) and Rosalie(1836) both born in Quebec. What is a mystery to me is that the family immigrated in 1864 and appear in the 1870 and 1880 US census as a unit. However George is not on those census records until 1900 at age 25 listed as son of above parents and living on Station street. Where was he from 1873 to 1900? Any suggestions appreciated. (1890 census records were destroyed by fire)
DATE: Wed Feb 16 04:35:57 2011
CONTACT: Larry Desaire larrydesaire@yahoo.com
QUERY: Searching for information on the children of Alex Chevrefils Belisle and Onesime Elizabeth Bertrand Raymond Toulousse. Specifically looking for a possible son named Alex. Needing to identify the parents of Alex and Onesime both born in Canada.
DATE: Sun Feb 13 12:06:56 2011
CONTACT: Steven D. Troxtell doug.troxtell@yahoo.com
QUERY: Looking for information on a Victor and Darlene Soucie that had a child by the name of David Paul Soucie(birth 1940). I was adopted in Kankakee County Jan 8 1975. (Steven Douglas Soucie) Biological Mother was Toni Lynn (Volpe) Soucie
DATE: Sun Feb 6 12:50:09 2011
CONTACT: Fay Hearn hrnshuny@mcsnet.ca
QUERY: I am looking for any information on: IRA JAMES GUILTER/GILTNER and his wife SARAH MARIA PATTERSON GUILTNER. IRA was born in New York, SARAH in Vermont. They were in the Wilmington area until they moved to the Kankakee area in 1865. IRA is buried in Eldridgeville Cemetery as well as his daughters Lenora and Charlotte but there is no mention of Sarah Maria. Any information on this family would be appreciated.
DATE: Tue Jan 4 14:49:19 2011
CONTACT: Dan fritzz@chibardun.net
QUERY: Lewis N. Pattee, b. 1802 Canada, d. 1876 Kankakee Co, who where his parents? My ancestor, Asa J. Pattee (son of Dummer Pattee) was born in Canada, is Lewis Pattee a son of Dummer?
DATE: Mon Jan 3 10:29:22 2011
CONTACT: Sam Powell SamsPAD@ca.rr.com
QUERY: Porter, Thomas Harry, born 1897. Lived in Kankakee County circa 1930 census. I am trying to find his parents, George and Rachel Porter. Thanks, Sam Powell, California
DATE: Sun Jan 2 14:17:21 2011
CONTACT: Verlyn Larsen vnlarsen@sio.midco.net
QUERY: My wife's Great Grandfather on her mother's side was a Menard from Kankakee County. I have not been able to determine his correct given name. Was it Alfred A., Frederic or Fredrick Menard? He was the son of Prudent Menard and Henriette (Fortin) Menard, and was born January 4, 1866 and died September 12, 1940 in Salix, Iowa. We have not been able to locate his grave site in Salix.  Also, I see on the Kankakee County website that M. Menard founded Manteno, Illinois. Looking for the full name of this Menard?
Thanks again, Verlyn
DATE: Thu Dec 30 11:18:27 2010
CONTACT: Nancy Ellis nellis@asisna.com
QUERY: Looking for info on the Inkster family.
DATE: Tue Nov 16 13:31:22 2010
CONTACT: Karl Blixt blixt@verizon.net
QUERY: Family information suggests that the last known address of Charles and Molly Smith was Kankakee, IL. ~ 1925. Believe they came from either N.Y or N.J. where Charles had siblings. Charles b. ~ 1850-60, parents William/Wilhelm and ? Have been unable to find any other info.
DATE: Tue Nov 16 12:19:05 2010
CONTACT: Nancy Cyrier Cyrier1205@hotmail.com
QUERY: Looking for information on Josephine Fenouille who married Eugene Sprimont in 1871 in Kankakee. Also looking for info on Louis Fenouille, my grandmother's notes indicate that he might have owned land around 1910/1915 in Kankakee. I am also told that Eugene Sprimont married Caroline St. Peter. Eugene Sprimont born 1850 & died date unknown. Louis Fenouille, info unknown Caroline St. Peter born 1854 in Paris & was told she died 1892 ?? (same year as Josephine??) Josephine Fenouille born in Paris date unknown & died 1892. Any information on these people would be greatly appreciated.

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