McHenry County Conservation District Historical Resources

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Reference material

McHenry County Conservation District — The following resources are on microfilm in the research library at MCCD’s Glacial Park at 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood. Call 815-678-4532 for a weekday morning appointment.

1850 thru 1880

State of IL Agricultural Census

1855 thru 1880

State of IL Census

1840 thru 1910

Federal Census

1870 thru 1870

State of IL Industry Census

1850 thru 1880

State of IL Agricultural Manufacturers

1906 thru 1909

Crystal Lake Herald

1886 thru 1909

Harvard Herald

1867 thru 1889

Harvard Independent

1872 thru 1909

Marengo Republican

1875 thru 1910

McHenry Plaindealer

1875 thru 1903

Nunda Herald

1856 thru 1908

Woodstock Sentinel

1837 thru 1837

General Land Office surveyors field notes

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Bibliography of Reference Materials

Bibliography of Reference Materials for McHenry County History provided by the McHenry County Historical Society

This bibliography is designed for teachers interested in incorporating local McHenry County history into classroom teaching and others doing McHenry County research. It is by no means complete but it does include resources generally found in area libraries and the MCCD Research library. The McHenry County Historical Society research library contains most of what is listed plus many more documentary records. In some instances books may be purchased. They will be denoted with an asterisk.

Early plat books and all the county-wide history books listed patrons or contained biographical material that was paid for by the patron. Not finding a family biography in such books only means they didn’t pay to be listed.

The drawback to much of this material, except for those things that may be purchased, is that they are considered reference material. Originally all the history and plat books were available for sale. Most are now out of print. Please contact the McHenry County Historical Society at 815-923-2267 or for other sources of information including a list of the members of the McHenry County Joint Council of Historic Groups.