The Iroquois County Genealogical Society

Old Courthouse Museum
Iroquois County Genealogy Society
103 West Cherry Street
Watseka, IL 60970-1524

     The Historical Museum and Genealogical Society Archives are located at the address above, one block south of US Hwy 24. The archives are open each business day from 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Publications are available in the Historical Society Gift Shop as well as in The Genealogy Room in the same building. These include many cemetery records.

Iroquois County Database

Iroquois County data such as the Bible Records, Census, Naturalizations, Cemeteries, and More.

December 2018
  • 1985 History of Iroquois County -- Originally by Iroquois County Historical and Genealogical Societies
    -- This book has been sold out for a while and we just had it reprinted.

  • Due to changes in the web address
    - - - - we are still working to get all our pages back online

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Updated March 2009

Sep Palin

Baroness Fern Andra

The Watseka Wonder

Timothy Webster

Henry Bacon

The Famous Meara Case

Mary Agnes Meara Chase
More of the story

Harold Gray

Allan Pinkerton and Larch Farm

Photo Album

UPDATED April 2009

Photo's from the past will be featured here. A way to share the past with others. If you have some old pictures you think others would like to see - share them here. Check back often this page will hopefully change often.

Biography Corner

Updated August 2002
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Iroquois Co., IL; 1893
Chicago; Lake City Publishing Co.

Upcoming Events
Updated January 2018

Kids Day

Something New! Kids begining Genealogy
February 19th, 2018 from 10 to 4.
Check back for more information.

DNA Presentation

Wayne Lee will give a beginners program on DNA for
March 24, 2018

The event will take place at the Old Court House Museum

Infamous and Notorious of Iroquois County
Where: the Old Courthouse Courtroom
When: April 15th at 2:00pm

How about Batt Masterson
Mike Ruble will be portraying Batt Masterson

The Milford High School Drama Class
will be recreating the famous Meara CaseC

Check back for more informaion on this
This program is free but donations will be accepted.

One on One Program for May
We will be having our very popular One on One Program
Check back for Dates

This program is set up in 2 hour sessions
with a researcher to help you do your research
or to teach you how use the paid research sites.
These sessions are free for the first 2 hours.
You only pay for any copies you want.

History for Kids
Illinois BiCentennial Birthday Bash
will be the program given by Terry Lynch

June 24th, 2018 at 2:00
We are all looking forward to this one!

Souperstitious Supper
On July 13th, 2018
Iroquois County Genealogy Society
We are planning to serve soup and sandwiches for Friday the 13th.

Fair Week

We will be at the Iroquois County Fair
The week of July 18 to the 22

One on One Program
August 6 thru 10
Call or email to set up an appointment

Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society

will be celbrating their 50th Birthday
August 11, 2018
At the Kankakee Public Library

2018 Cemetery Walk
We would like your input about which cemetery
you would like to go to this coming year.

We will compile a list of the cemeteries
after we hear your suggestions.

Email ( or call (815-432-3730)

Harvest Daze

We will be serving Ham and Beans again this October in the Big Tent.

Mark your calendars for Oct 6th & 7th

Annual Meeting

November 3d 2018

Christmas Party

December 19, 2018 will be our Christmas Party for all Volunteers



The Iroquois County Genealogical Society


Open Monday thru Friday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



March 30 for Easter

May 28 for Memorial Day

July 4th

Sep 3 for Labor Day

Nov 21, 22, & 23 - Thanksgiving

We will be closed over the Christmas Holidays

December 24, 2018
January 1, 2019

This is to help cut the heating bills by turning down the heat while closed for the holidays.

Please note if bad weather causes
District #9 Schools to close
the Museum/Genealogical Society
will also be closed.

Board Meetings

1st Tuesday of every month
except December
Time is 9 a.m.


Don't Forget!
We can be open on a
by Appointment

Bulletin Board
Updated September 2018



32-Year Subject Index of The Iroquois Stalker,
1971 through 2005
and the subject index for the 2006 and 2007 Issues
UPDATED January 2007

The Name Index is available for Vol I thru X

The Iroquois Stalker is published quarterly by the Iroquois County Genealogical Society.

Illinois and Iroquois County Links

Neighboring Counties' USGenWeb Links

Other Genealogical Links
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Personal Homepages
Here are links to Webpages with a connection to Iroquois County.

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Old Court House
The Old Court House
Middleport, Iroquois
County, Illinois
ca. 1860

drawing by Jerry Moore

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