Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society & Museum
211 S. Bench St.
Galena, IL 61036


Galena Public Library

601 S. Bench St.
Galena, IL 61036

Galena Public Library
601 South Bench Street
Galena, IL 61036
(815) 777-0200
Open weekdays, 3-5 p.m. (Wed. 3-8 p.m.); Sat. 12-4 p.m.; or by special appointment
Local historians H. Scott Wolfe and Steve Repp staff the room and provide on-site assistance to anyone seeking research information on families, houses, historical events, etc. They will also try to answer the written correspondences and provide photocopies of documents for a small fee.



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County Clerk's Office-First Floor
(815) 777-0161

Death records beginning in 1877; usually include the date and cause of death and sometimes the place of birth. There is a $12.00 fee for each death certificate. Additional copies of the same certificate are $4.00 each.

Birth records beginning in 1877. There is a $12.00 fee for each search; this includes one certified copy if record is found. Additional copies of same certificate are $4.00. Sources may not be complete and accurate during earliest recorded years.

Marriage records beginning in 1830. They include two documents: the actual license and the accompanying certificate signed by the clergyman and witnesses. A $12.00 fee applies; it includes one certified copy, if record is found. Additional copies of same certificate are $4.00. Earliest records have little information, but this was expanded in 1877 to include ages, place of birth, etc. An index of groom's surnames can be reviewed at no charge.

Naturalization Records from 1828 to approximately 1910. There are two documents: Declaration of Intent to become a U.S. Citizen, and the later Naturalization paper. Records pertain to men only. Genealogical researchers will find the former to be the most helpful due to its detailed information on age, birthplace, port of arrival in U.S. and when. Not all records, however, are complete.
Circuit Clerk's Office-Second Floor
(815) 777-0037