Local History

Indexes, old phone books and news clippings

Library microfilm holdings


  •   The Lake County Independent / The Independent Register 1894 - 1987
  •   The Mundelein Herald 1971 - March 1984
  •   The News-Sun 1987 - present

Census Records

The library owns the reels that include Fremont Township for the following years:.

  • 1820
  • 1830
  • 1840
  • 1850
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1900
  • 1920
  • 1930

Fremont Township Office

The Fremont Township Clerk's office has the Township board meeting minutes back to 1850. They have listings of people registered to vote in 1868, 1870, 1871 and 1873. They also have a list of people who voted in the election of 1897.

Maps and Tax Lists of Fremont Township

The Library owns a map of landowners in Fremont township in the 1830's. The Fremont Township Office owns a map that shows land owners in Lake County in 1861. We have transcribed the names of Fremont Township landowners from both maps.

Genealogy - Vital Records

The library has indexed the vital records in the Mundelein Herald. See our Vital Records page for more information.

We will do some limited searching for out-of-area patrons, as time allows. If, for instance, you needed the copy of a birth announcement from the Independent Register, you would need to provide us with a reasonable range of dates and an email address so we can send you the information. You may contact us at ref(at)fremontlibrary.org.

Lake County Vital Records

The Lake County Clerk's Office has the following vital records that you can order:

    Marriage Licenses - back to 1839
    Birth Records - back to 1871
    Death Records - back to 1877

Before March 1, 1839, the area now comprising Lake County belonged to a bewildering number of government bodies. To see the changes in Illinois county borders, go to Illinois County Boundaries - 1790 - Present at the IL GenWeb Project site.

Records of wills and probates are kept by Clerk of the Circuit Court . These records go back to the 1830's. Indexes of the wills are kept at the probate desk at the Circuit Court office. 

Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society

Historical Society of Fort Hill Country

601 East Noel Drive
P.O. Box 582
Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone: 847-566-7743
Former Mundelein Soo Line depot converted into a museum. Exhibits feature railroad memorabilia, pioneer tools, business machines, quilts, 1774 flint-lock gun, war uniforms and weapons and Diamond Lake artifacts. 1890 caboose on site.