LaSalle County Illinois Genealogy

LaSalle County Illinois Genealogy Page

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LaSalle County was established in 1831 from parts of Putnam and unorganized Tazewell Counties. LaSalle County was named for the famous French explorer Robert de la Salle. The original LaSalle County covered parts of present-day Kendall, Livingston and Marshall counties. Its current boundaries were established in 1843.    

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Welcome to LaSalle County. This home page is dedicated to those who are interested in doing genealogical research in LaSalle County and should be viewed as a tool to help you in this endeavor. Suggestions and comments are not only appreciated and welcome but are asked for. All will be answered as soon as possible.  Below are some aides that it is hoped will be helpful in your research. Please feel free to let me know if you have more that you would like to add via e-mail to Carol Ryan-Spenader so they can be included in future editions of this homepage.

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On the LaSalle County ILGenWeb Site



Search our site for your LaSalle County Ancestors Surnames

Please note:  The newer files added to this site may take a few weeks to hit the search engines.


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If you could not find your ancestors in the above search site, try the LaSalle County Surname Helper site, which is alphabetized, and you may find it under a similar spelling. Over 10,000 Surnames indexed in this site so far!



LaSalle County Links

Queries & Surname's 



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LaSalle County Communities


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  • LaSalle County Family Homepages  -  If you have an ancestor that lived in LaSalle County and a genealogy web site, please send me your URL and surnames and I will see that it gets posted to this page.



LaSalle County Churches 



LaSalle County 1917 Farmers Directory



LaSalle County in the Civil War 





LaSalle County Photos



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LaSalle County Obituaries 


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1850 Mortality Schedule  

1860 Mortality Schedule


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Streator City Directory 1901 - 1902


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Past & Present of LaSalle County

Biographical Directory of all the Townships in LaSalle County


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1870 LaSalle County Census

Partial Listing at this time.


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Biographical Sketches of Pioneer Settlers

From the book - History of LaSalle County ~ 1877 by Elmer Baldwin


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LaSalle County Biographies



Useful LaSalle County Addresses

LaSalle County Genealogy Guild 

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115 West Glover Ottawa, Illinois 61350 

(815) 433-5261  

Open Monday & Saturday

9 am - 4 pm

Downtown Courthouse 

Madison & Columbus St.

Ottawa, Illinois 61350 

Available Records: 

Probate 1839, Court 1870, Naturalization 1840, School 1900's

Courthouse (New Complex) 

Etna Road

Ottawa, Illinois 61350 

Available Records: 

Marriage 1831, Birth 1877,  Death 1877, Land 1819

Illinois Regional Archives Depository 

Swen Parson Hall  Northern Illinois University  

DeKalb, IL 60115 

Telephone: (815) 753-1779 

Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m 

IRAD's Holdings for LaSalle County

Reddick Library 

1010 Canal Street  
Ottawa, IL 61350-4998  

Phone: (815)434-0509  
FAX: (815)434-2634

Peru Public Library 
1409 11th Street 
  Peru, IL 61354  
(815) 223-0229 
 Fax: (815) 223-1559  
LaSalle County Government Page

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Links to Neighboring Counties

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Useful Links on the Internet

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900

Searchable index!

Illinois Death Certificate Index, 1916 - 1950

Searchable index!


Illinois State Genealogical Society


Illinois Ancestry Registry
Family History Centers 

List of Family History Centers throughout the US and Canada

City Search 

Search for a city in the US to find the county it is located in

German-Related Links 
 Very good links to help you on your way with your German Ancestors


Every surname imaginable.  If your Surname is not listed, start a forum yourself.


Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites 



Cyndi's List of Illinois Sites 

Genealogy Helplist Illinois 

Volunteers who are willing to help with specific items at nearby institutions.

Gene Stark's GENDEX

Bureau of Land Management   

This site has a searchable database of over 2 million pre-1908 Federal land title records, including scanned images of those records.

Migration Beyond Illinois   

Some great sites about migration to the west. 


ILGenWeb Links & USGenWeb Project Links


ILGenWeb State Page ILGenWeb Archives
Illinois in the Civil War Project Genealogy & Historical Societies of Illinois 
The ILGenWeb Ultimate List of Links  USGenWeb Page
 USGenWeb Archives State Index  USGenWeb Census Project
USGenWeb Tombstone Project World GenWeb


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