Friday, October 01, 2021

Spotlight on Kane County, Illinois

 Kane County is located in northern Illinois.  It one of the “Collar counties”, on the western edge of the Chicago metropolitan area.   Kane County was formed in 1836 from LaSalle County.  It was named for Elias Kane, a United States Senator from Illinois and the first Secretary of State for Illinois.

Birth and death records have been kept since 1878.  Marriage records date to the founding of the county.  Land and Probate Records also begin in 1836.  Many of the earlier vital and probate records have been digitized and are available at  There were 2 courthouse fires, one in 1843 and one in 1890 which destroyed a small number of records each time.

The county courthouse is located in the county seat of Geneva and vital records may be obtained at .  Some records may also be located at the IRAD at Northern Illinois University.  There, in addition to vital records, one might find jail records and naturalization records.

The Kane County Genealogical Society may be found at  In addition, the Elgin Genealogical Society is a good resource.  They are at The Gail Borden Library in Elgin has a good collection of area publications and microfilm.  They can be found at  


Note: This was originally published in the "County Spotlight" column in the Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletter (September 2021).