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Welcome to Grundy County ILGenWeb

Welcome to the Grundy County ILGenWeb Project website, my name is Dennis Partridge and I am the county coordinator for Grundy County, Illinois.

Grundy County now has local representation… actually, we got several in the form of the Will Grundy Genealogical Society! They will be assisting me by providing more direct answers in response to questions, comments and queries concerning your research in Grundy County.

A County website such as this is made up of many different volunteers who have provided genealogy data, sometime countywide, but most of the time specific to their family research within Grundy county. It is these contributions that have made this county website what it is today. Do you have anything you can contribute? If so please let me know using the contact me at the top right of every page and I’ll help get you started on the process.

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Surname and Genealogy Research

  • Biographies
  • Cinotto Family
    The attached photograph has the entire Cinotto Family plus my grandfather August Odille and his son Louis Odille. Louis Odille was born in 1902 and appears to be 4 or 5 in the picture. Therefore, the photo was made about 1906. Seated in the photo left is Catherine…
  • Cragg Cabin
    The old Cragg Cabin was built in 1835 by John Cragg and stood on its original location for one hundred years giving it historical landmark status in Grundy County. Mr. Harry L. Hough, a Mazon resident, had played near this cabin as a boy. Mr. Hough became interested…
  • Autobiography of Ida Woods Foster
    When Kathleen (Madison) graduated from High School in 1936, the English teacher asked each one of the English Class to choose some book, make an outline of its contents, and also give an autobiography of its author. This work of course, required a greater part of the last semester for its compilation, and in the English Class was termed their ‘term theme’. In trying to furnish some sort of an autobiography for Kathleen to work from, her ‘term theme’ has become something like an heirloom for the family.
  • Memoirs of Laura Cooper Gonnam
  • Goold Family of Grundy County Illinois
    H. C. GOOLD, Druggist The above named gentleman, is one of the citizens of Morris deserving especial mention, as much of his life has been passed in Morris, and he has been largely identified with its history, growth and prosperity. Mr. GOOLD came to Morris in the…
  • Gould Family
    William James Gould (W.J. or Will Gould) He worked for the Republican Party in Grundy County, was once a Justice of the Peace, and was even a census-taker (the 1900 Maine Township census has his name on it as the enumerator). Grandfather of Rodney Gould. Gould Family…
  • Hoenshell Family
    Photograph of Robert C. Hoenshell while on the family farm, aged approx. 7 years, photo taken ca 1924. Hoenshell Home The Hoenshell home was located on a 145 acre farm approximately 3 1/2 miles from Morris near the Illinois & Michigan Canal in 1917. The Illinois…
  • Jones Family
    Photo of Grace, Leslie, and Frances Jones, Children of Lindsay and Americus Jones
  • Resources

Cemetery Research

  • Cemeteries by Township within Grundy County Illinois
    All the known cemeteries within Grundy County including links to the available transcriptions.
  • Index to the Cemeteries of Southern Will & Grundy Counties
    The purpose of this website is to provide easy access to the cemetery records and other burial information located in the Will & Grundy Counties, Illinois Genealogical Society collection housed at the Coal City Public Library.  This collection contains published books, microfilm and other readings of many of the  cemeteries of the counties.  This index can be used as a guide for requesting information from the collection

Census Research

Church Records

Court Records

Grundy County Directories

Grundy County History

  • Business
  • Cities/Towns
  • Coal Mining History
    • Coal Mining Fatalities in Grundy County Illinois
      The following men have died in a variety of mining accidents in the coal mines of Grundy County Illinois. Biographic details of their accident are included in each report.
    • Coal Reports of Illinois First District Index 1882-1927
      The purpose of this website is to provide easy access to the names of coal miners who were injured or killed in mining accidents within the First District of Illinois between 1882 and 1927. This database also lists the names of workers certified as hoisting engineers, mine managers, and mine examiners for the same time period and locale. This index is compiled of information gathered from the Coal Reports of Illinois.  Please enter a surname to search the database.
    • Coal Mining in Illinois
      The purpose of this website is to capture the experiences of those who lived in the former coal mining towns of Grundy and Will Counties in northern Illinois.
  • Education
  • History

Grundy County Maps

Military Records

Grundy County Newspapers

Vital Records Research
See Cemetery and Church records above for additional birth, marriage and death records.


The USGenWeb project is seeking new volunteers to assist it in developing state, county, and town project sites. If you have some spare time and are interested in history and genealogy and like helping others find their ancestors, please let them know. See here for more information!

A County website such as this is made up of many different volunteers who have provided genealogy data, sometime countywide, but most of the time specific to their family research within Grundy county. It is these contributions that have made this county website what it is today. Do you have anything you can contribute? If so please let me know using the contact me at the top right of every page and I’ll help get you started on the process.

Grundy county is located in northern Illinois and is surrounded by Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Livingston, and Will counties. The county seat is Morris and other towns are Braceville, Carbon Hill, Coal City, Gardner, Kinsman, Mazon, Minooka, Stockdale, and Verona.