Manteno Historical Society

Museum and Society Offices:
192 West Third Street
Manteno, Illinois 60950

Genelogy Research Information

Available from the Probate Department, Circuit Clerk's Office, 450 East Court Street, Kankakee, IL 60901

Marriage, Birth and Death Records:
Available at Kankakee County Clerk's Office, 189 East Court Street, Kankakee, IL 60901. Death records start in 1853. Birth records start in 1852. Birth and death records were irregularly recorded until 1916, so it is quite possible that the records do not exist for some events. Death records from St. Joseph Catholic Church, Manteno, IL from 1871-1984 are available at the Museum.

Land Deeds:
Available at recorder of Deeds Office, 189 East Court Street, Kankakee, IL 60901

Property Location:
Manteno-Rockville Multi Township Assessing District, 85 North Main, Manteno, IL 60950

Scrapbooks with obituaries have been created and are available at the Museum. The Kankakee Public Library has a searchable online obituary index which includes death notices from approximately 1950 to about 2005.

Newspaper Articles:
Available copies of "The Manteno Independent" and "The Manteno News" will be available on microfilm at the Museum in late fall 2007. The Kankakee Library has the Kankakee Daily Journal and its predecessor newspapers available on microfilm. There are a few as early as 1856. However, the data is not complete. Manteno State Hospital newspapers from 1965 to 1973 are available at the Manteno Public Library.

Census Records:
Available at the Kankakee Public Library. Federal and State census reports from 1820 - 1850 are located at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

War Records:
Available at the Kankakee Public Library and at the Illinois State Archives Database.

Cemetery Records:
Rockville Township Cemetery Book including Bloom and Deselm Cemeteries published in 1990 and the Manteno Township Cemetery Book published in 1991 which includes Elmwood and St. Joseph Cemeteries are available at the Museum.


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