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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Will County,
Illinois by Wm. LeBaron, Jr., &
Mortality Schedule - NEW!
Will County Early Settler
and Other Historical Tales
Will County Settlers
Cities & Townships
County Revolutionary War Soldiers
(link to our main website)
Will County in the Civil War. List of Regiments
Will County Spanish-American
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