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Will County Illinois Trails
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Will County is located in northeastern Illinois, south of Cook County. The county seat is in Joliet, Illinois which is located approximately 40 miles southwest of Chicago on the Des Plaines River.

The county received its name from Dr. Conrad Will, a member of the first Constitutional Convention and a member of the Illinois Legislature until his death in 1835. In the year 1836, January 12th, Will County was formed from Cook County, Illinois and Iroquois County, Illinois and included besides its present area, the part of Kankakee County, Illinois lying north of the Kankakee River. Will County lost a small area when Kankakee County, Illinois was organized in 1852, but since then its boundaries have been unchanged.

Trica has a copy of the 1878 Will County History. Send your surname query to her at

History of Will County, Illinois by Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878

The 1850 Mortality Schedule - NEW!

Will County Early Settler and Other Historical Tales

Will County Settlers

Cities & Townships


Newspaper Items



Will County Revolutionary War Soldiers (link to our main website)

Will County in the Civil War. List of Regiments

Will County Spanish-American War Veterans

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