Many thanks to Janine Crandell for establishing this site for Illinois Trails. She is a dedicated person whose sole interest is helping others. You can visit Janine at the following URL where you'll find lots of Knox County Data.


Please check the time period your ancestors were in Knox County, as the present area, or parts of it, were formerly included in the following counties (links are provided to these counties below):





Township Names

  • Cedar

Name changed from Cherry Grove on June 8, 1853.

  • Chestnut
  • City of Galesburg

Formed as West Galesburg from Galesburg on January 9, 1866; name changed to City of Galesburg (date unknown, before 1921).

  • Copley

Name changed from Richfield on June 8, 1853. Named Prince Albert in 1850 report.

  • Elba

Name changed from Liberty on June 8, 1853.

  • Galesburg
  • Haw Creek

Name changed from Ohio on June 8, 1853.

  • Henderson

  • Indian Point

  • Knox

Named Knoxville in 1850 report.

  • Lynn

Named Frakers Grove in 1850 report.

  • Maquon
  • Ontario
  • Orange
  • Persifer
  • Rio

Named North Prairie in 1850 report.

  • Salem
  • Sparta
  • Truro

Named Chester in 1850 report.

  • Victoria

Named Worchester in 1850 report.

  • Walnut Grove

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Knox County was January 13, 1825 and named for Henry Knox, a soldier of the Revolution who commanded the storming party at Stony Point, later a Major General and Washington’s Secretary of War

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Knox County Courthouse
200 S. Cherry Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

County Clerk (309) 345-3815
Circuit Clerk (309) 345-3859
Recorder (309) 345-3818

IRAD Depository
University Library
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Telephone: (309) 298-2716

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Log City - Galesburg- NEW!
Early Settlers and History
Bragg Cemetery Catterton Cemetery
Brush Creek Cemetery Clark Chapel Cemetery
Ferguson Cemetery Harper Cemetery
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Mather Cemetery Thurman Cemetery
The 1807 Knox County Territorial Census Westfall Cemetery
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