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Genealogy and Naturalization

Genealogy and Naturalization

Naturalization Records and Genealogical Information 
Our office has various naturalization records dating from the mid-1850’s through the mid-1950’s issued by the Circuit, County and Kewanee courts.  Please include the following information on your record search request:  

·         Name of person (with alternate spellings)
·         Date of birth
·         Country of birth
·         Approximate date of Naturalization 

From 1790 to 1922 a wife became naturalized upon citizenship conferred to her husband; no separate filings were required.  An act of February 10, 1855, stated

“any woman who might lawfully be naturalized under the existing laws, married, or who shall be married to a citizen of the United States, shall be deemed and taken to be a citizen.”  This law was repealed by an act of September 22, 1922, which removed such marriage as a cause of citizenship. A woman then had to be naturalized on her own.   

Other Genealogical Records
The Circuit Clerk handles files on Probate, Wills (without probate,) Guardianships, Divorce, Chancery, Law and Criminal cases.  Many records are available on microfilm.  Some of our earliest records date back to the mid-1800’s.    

A research fee of $6.00 per name is required.  The cost for copies is $.50 per page for the first 20 copies, then $.25 per page for each additional page.  Please make your payment payable to the Henry County Circuit Clerk, and enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  We do not accept personal checks. Please submit a money order or a bank draft as payment. 

Mail requests to:
Clerk of Circuit Court
Henry County Courthouse
307 W. Center St.
Cambridge, IL 61238

Below is a list of various addresses, phone numbers and websites concerning genealogical and naturalization references. 

Henry County Genealogical Society
PO Box 346
Kewanee, IL  61443
Researcher: Mary Jane Skoglund
342 E College St.
Kewanee IL  61443
Phone: 309-853-4189

Kewanee Public Library (The Society’s research information location)
102 S Tremont
Kewanee, IL  61443
Phone: 309-852-4505

Cambridge Public Library District
212 W Center St.
Cambridge IL  61238

Henry County Historical Society
202 S Park St.
Bishop Hill, IL  61419
Phone 309-927-3528 

Kewanee Historical Society
211 N Chestnut
Kewanee, IL  61443
Phone: 309-854-9701 

Galva Historical Society
906 W Division St.
Galva IL  61434
Phone: 309-932-8992  

Geneseo Historical Association
205 S State St.
Geneseo, IL  61254
Phone: 309-944-3043

Bishop Hill Heritage Association  (Swedish Colony)
103 N Bishop Hill St.
Bishop Hill, IL  61419
Phone 309-927-3899 

Bishop Hill State Historical Site Museum/Information
Phone 309-927-3345 

VASA Order of America Archives Inc
109 S Bishop Hill St.
Bishop Hill IL  61419
Phone: 309-927-3898 

Augustana Lutheran Church
628 6th St.
Andover, IL  61233
Phone: 309-521-8127 

Immigration and Naturalization Services
536 S Clark
Chicago, IL  60605
Phone: 1-800-375-5283

IL State Historical Society
210-1/2 S Sixth St
Suite 200
Springfield, IL  62701

IL Regional Archives Dept. (IRAD)
University Library   Western IL University
1 University Circle
Macomb IL  61455-1390
Phone: 309-298-2716 

IL Dept. of Public Health
Division of Vital Record
605 W Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL  62761-5097
Phone: 217-782-6554

Circuit Clerk

Terilyn A. Motley
Henry County Circuit Clerk

307 West Center Street
Cambridge, IL 61238

Phone: 309-937-3572
Fax:  309-937-3990

Office Hours:
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday


Branch Offices:
Kewanee Division

401 East Third Street
Kewanee, IL  61443

Phone: 309 852-2507
Fax: 309 854-5065