ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Record Descriptions – County Court
Adoption, Delinquent, and Dependent Record
Record of adoption, delinquent, and dependent cases contains transcripts of petitions and court orders. Petitions for adoption show the court term, the names of the petitioner, the respondent, the minor, and the judge; the minor's age and residence; and the date. The cases also contain parental consent to the adoption and court orders declaring the minor to be adopted. Delinquent and dependent petitions show, in addition, the cause of delinquency or dependency, the financial conditions of the parents, custodians, or guardians, and any delinquent acts committed by the minor. These cases also include summonses and court orders disposing of the minor. Delinquent cases from 1905 to 1920 contain a history sheet which summarizes the background of the case.
Cases contain: Inventories of Merchandise and Stocks, Inventories of Accounts, Lists of Creditors, Assignments of Debtors for Creditors, Assignee's Bonds, Claims on Insolvent Estates, Affidavits of Proof on Claim, Receipts on Claim, Assignee's Reports, Notices of Exceptions to Claims, and Petitions for Sale to Pay Debts.
County Court Case Files
Case files for criminal and common law proceedings show the names of the plaintiff, defendant, judge, and clerk of the court; the court dates; and usually the charge or cause. Documents contained in these case files include: summonses, affidavits of witnesses, subpoenas, bonds, receipts, depositions, declarations, decrees, jury lists, witness lists, indictments, warrants, writs of habeas corpus, verdicts, dismissals, and transcripts of coroner's inquests.
Condemnation for Railroad Use Files
Condemnations include petitions to condemn, which show the names of property owners, a legal description of the property in question, the intended use of the property, and the reason for condemnation; with subpoenas, motions, affidavits, verdicts and court orders.
Proceedings contain petitions to condemn property, receipts, certificates of publication, certificates of mailing notices, subpoenas, summonses, instructions to the jury, plats of property to be condemned, and abstracts of title.
County Court Dockets
Dockets show the court term, the date, the names of the plaintiff, defendant, judge, clerk, sheriff, witnesses, and lawyers, and the actions of the court.
County Court Fee Register
Register of fees paid to persons serving the court shows the date, the names of the person receiving the fee and the person paying the fee, and the reason for the fee, with separate totals for probate court and county court fees.
County Court Issue Dockets
Dockets show the type of case, the date, fee book and page numbers, the case number, and the names of the plaintiff and defendant.
County Court Record
Record of county court proceedings shows the date, the case number, an abstract of the proceedings, the type of action, the final disposition of the case, and the names of the plaintiff, defendant, and judge.
County Court Subject Files
Files concern common law, criminal, and chancery cases, and include copies of juror lists, interrogatories, petitions, appointments, decrees, fines, articles of agreement, subpoenas, summonses, obligations of executors, land settlements, court orders, executions, pleas, and bills of costs.
Declarations of Intent
Declarations of Intent, which were required to be filed at least years before final certification as a citizen, show the petitioner's name and nationality, usually his age and nativity, the date and port of entry, an oath of allegiance and a renunciation of allegiance to any foreign power, with the filing date and the signature of the clerk of the court.
Dependency and Delinquency Case Files
Dependency case files include petitions, decrees, summonses, jury verdicts, and warrants of commitment. Petitions show the name and age of the dependent child, the name of the guardian, and the reason why the guardian is unfit to care for the dependent. From 1912, dependency cases include a family history, showing the parents' names and addresses, occupations, religion, race, and a health and criminal record. Delinquency case files include petitions, special venires, verdicts, court orders, and receipts. Petitions show the petitioner's name and the defendant's name, age, sex, and the charge. Special venires direct the sheriff to call six jurors and itemize his fees. Verdicts show the age of the delinquent and the signatures of the jurors. Court orders direct the sheriff to deliver the delinquent to a state institution. Receipts are for delivery of the delinquent.
Dependency and Delinquency Dockets
Dockets show the case and file numbers; the names of the petitioner, plaintiff, and lawyer; the name and address of the defendant; the names, addresses, ages, and dates of birth of the dependent or delinquent children; the date the petition was filed; and a dated listing of court orders.
Dependency and Delinquency Record
Record shows the file and issue numbers; the names of the probation or juvenile officer, defendant, delinquent or dependent, lawyers, and judge; any petitions with the dates filed, the charges, court orders, and decrees.
Dockets show the names of the petitioner, defendant, or alleged epileptic, the person legally chargeable for the defendant, the parents or persons in supervision and control, all other defendant parties, a physician having personal knowledge of the defendant, the physicians on the examining commission, and the institution to which the defendant was committed; with the dates of the petition, notices to witnesses, appointment of a commission, the commission's report, and the decree of commitment.
Feeble-Minded Case Files
Files include petitions, interrogatories, summonses, decrees, warrants of commitment, and correspondence from state facilities concerning deaths and discharges. Petitions show the names of the feeble-minded person as defendant, the petitioner, guardian, and two examining physicians. Interrogatories show the date, the name of the feeble-minded person, the person's age, nativity, period of residence in the United States, current residence, financial status, the names of the mother and father, their addresses, birthplaces, and occupations, the legitimacy of the feeble-minded person's birth, the age of the parents at the date of birth, any family history of mental illness, religious preference, and a detailed medical history.
Feeble-Minded Case Record
Record shows the date of the hearing; the court term; the names of the patient, patient's physician, judge, and physicians making up the commission; the findings and recommendation of the commission; the place and date of commitment; by whom costs are to be paid; and fees.
Dockets show the names of the alleged feeble-minded person as defendant, the petitioner, the persons legally chargeable for the defendant, the witnesses, and the defendant's physician; the date the petition was filed; and an abstract of the proceedings showing the names of the physicians composing the commission, the commission's findings, its fees, and the place and date of commitment or discharge.
Dockets show the court term; the case number; the names of the alleged insane person, the petitioner and witnesses, the physicians composing the insanity commission; the date the petition for a hearing was filed; an abstract of the court orders; the findings of the commission; the fees; the date a warrant of commitment was issued; a summary of the insane person's ability to pay for institutional care; and the date and reason for discharge.
Insanity Proceedings Case Files
Case files contain petitions for an inquiry, court orders, subpoenas, venires for jurors, reports of proceedings, warrants of commitment, correspondence with hospitals, and after 1892, interrogatories. Petitions show the names of the alleged insane person, the petitioner, and a physician with knowledge of the case. Interrogatories show the alleged insane person s name, age, residence, native state, nativity of mother and father, marital status, occupation, education, religion, family history, medical history, financial status, assigned causes of previous attacks, description of the present attack and of any necessary restraint, with the signatures of jurors and the examining physician.
Record shows the names of the petitioner, the alleged insane person, a physician with personal knowledge of the case, witnesses, and physicians composing the insanity commission; the date of the petition; the findings of the commission; a statement of the defendant's ability to pay for care; the commitment order; and the date and reason for discharge.
Judgment Docket Index
Index shows the names of the plaintiff and defendant; the date; the action taken; the amounts of debt, damages, and costs; the book and page of recordation; and remarks.
Military and Minors' Naturalization Record
Record contains copies of Petitions for Citizenship and Final Certificates. Petitions show the petition number; the names of the petitioner, judge, and witnesses; a renunciation of allegiance to a foreign power; an oath of allegiance to the United States; the dates of enlistment and discharge; and the term of military service. Certificates show the names of the petitioner, judge, and witnesses; an affidavit of the minor's age; a certificate of arrival; and certification by the clerk of the court.
Military Naturalization Petition Record
Record shows the petitioner's name, nativity, and age, the names of witnesses, the petitioner's rank, and the date of the petition, signed by the petitioner.
Military Naturalization Record
Record contains copies of Petitions for Citizenship, Oaths of Allegiance, and Final Certificates. Petitions show the date, the name of the petitioner, his nativity, the number of years of residence in the United States, the dates of enlistment and discharge, the unit of military service, a renunciation of previous allegiance, and the signature of the petitioner. Oaths show the name and signature of the petitioner, a renunciation of previous allegiance, and are dated and certified by the clerk of the court. Final Certificates show the date, the names of the petitioner, judge, and character witnesses, the army in which the petitioner served, and are dated and certified by the clerk of the court.
Minors' Naturalization Record
Record contains copies of Petitions for Citizenship, Oaths of Allegiance, and Final Certificates. Petitions show the date, the name of the petitioner, the petitioner's nationality, the number of years resident in the United States and in Illinois, a renunciation of previous allegiance, and the signature of the petitioner. Oaths show the name and signature of the petitioner, dated and certified by the clerk of the court. Certificates show the date, the names of the petitioner, judge, and witnesses, a renunciation of previous allegiance, and certification by the clerk of the court.
Mother's Pension Applications
Applications show the court term, the applicant's name, date and place of birth, nativity of parents, residence, date of wedding, husband's date and place of birth, date of death or abandonment, cause of death, last monthly income, property left to applicant, any previous marriages, any property owned by applicant, the name and date and place of birth of each child, those living with the applicant, those working, children not at home, names and addresses of other relatives, amount of rent, occupation and income, religious preference, amount requested in aid, names of three references, names of judge and notary with date.
Mother's Pension Case Files
Files contain petitions, investigation reports, summonses, and court decrees. Petitions show the name and address of the petitioner, the names and ages of dependents, the term of residence in the county, and a statement that the father is dead. Investigation reports show the applicant's name, residence, former county or state, nativity, term of residence in the United States, religion, and the names, ages, sex, and condition of dependent children. Decrees show the amount to be paid.
Papers may include Declarations of Intent, Petitions for Citizenship, Final Oaths, Minors' Papers, and Soldiers' Papers. Declarations of Intent show the name of the person applying for citizenship, the date, the person's nationality, and place of residence. Declarations may also show the person's age, port of embarkation, port of entry, and occupation. Petitions show the petitioner's name, term of residence in the United States, and a witness's affidavit on the petitioner's character and residence. Final Oaths show the name of the person becoming naturalized, a renunciation of allegiance to any foreign power, and an oath of allegiance to the United States. Minors' Papers include a father's affirmation, if possible, and two references. Soldiers' Papers show the dates enlisted and discharged from military service, the soldier's company, and the signatures of two witnesses.
Record shows the names of the petitioner, witnesses, judge, and clerk of the court, an oath of allegiance, usually the petitioner's former allegiance, and a note that a declaration of intent to become a citizen has been filed. Record may include a copy of the Declaration of Intent, copies of Minors' Petitions and Oaths, or copies of Soldiers' Petitions and Oaths.