Surname Researchers in Grundy County Illinois

The following individual researchers have requested that we place their surname and email on this website in order to exchange information with others who may be searching the same surname in Grundy County IL. To add your name to this list simply leave a comment below providing the surnames of the people you are researching who at some point in time resided in Grundy County. We will periodically update this list with those comments below, deleting the comment.

(Ira) Baker – Kathleen Groll

Bargo – Cynthia Kern

Beystehner – Tom Jorgenson

Blake – Dan Page

Briscoe – Coleen Handlon-Shaull

Burkhart – John Halterman

Camp – Dan Page

Carpenter – Cynthia Kern

Carroll – Peggy Graham

Cashen – Coleen Handlon-Shaull

Clayton – John Halterman

Cockeram – Kathleen Groll

Crane – Terri Clemens

DeVoy – Coleen Handlon-Shaull

Dix – Shanan Anderson

Dewey – Shanan Anderson

Dorgan – Vicki Reynolds Mazur

Doss – John Halterman

Downey – Tish Downey Reich

Egan – Coleen Handlon-Shaull

Faitland – Sallie Wald

Fatlan – Sallie Wald

Fatland – Sallie Wald

Faylor – John A. Faylor

Feeney – Coleen Handlon-Shaull

Flood (Will County) – Peggy Graham

Fowler – RC Collins

Goode – John Halterman

Graham (Will County) – Peggy Graham

Griggs – Cynthia Kern

Haake – Tom Jorgenson

Handlon – Coleen Handlon-Shaull

Handwerk – Richard Handwerk

Hanni – John Halterman

Henderson – Terri Clemens

Herbert (Will County) – Peggy Graham

Hogben – Don Hagstrom

Huff – Randall Huff

Iverson – Lois Weaver

Jorgeson/Jorgensen/Jorgenson – Tom Jorgenson

Jorstad – Tamara Jorstad

Keeler – Dan Page

Kemph – Dan Page

Kinley – John Kinley

Leach – Jean Logston

Longacre – John Halterman

Martin – Dan Page

Matteson – Cynthia Kern

McGowan – Coleen Handlon-Shaull

McGovern – Coleen Handlon-Shaull

McKenna – Marge Swanson

Miller – Dan Page

Ness – John Hofmann

O’Connell – Vicki Reynolds Mazur

Peacock – Cynthia Kern

Perry – Cynthia Kern

Provance – Terri Clemens

Ragan – Coleen Handlon-Shaull

Reinheimer/Rhineheimer – Tom Jorgenson

Severson – Sallie Wald

Straub – Denise Waterworth

Strivens – RC Collins

Thompson – Terri Clemens

Tinan – Marge Swanson

Tinsman – Kathleen Groll

Walter – Therese

Waterworth – Denise Waterworth

Winnemore – Kathleen Groll



  1. Michelle IshmaelWright

    Friedrich Lech immigrated from Germany to Coal City in 1882 with his family. I have record of his naturlization in 1892, but can’t find any trace of him after that. Eventually the family moved to WI and his wife Augusta was listed as a widow. I assume he was a miner, but any information regarding him and the family would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Cheryl R Patton

    I am trying to find any graves for twins Hester Ann Brayton and Edwin Ezra Brayton born 28 October 1857. I think they both died at birth but I have been unable to find any info. Any help would be greatly appreciated

  3. Svein Larsen

    On 17th Match 1862, a wedding took place in Grundy, IL. Bride was the well documented Inger Dollar (Dahle) born 1839 in Norway, But husband Erick Thompson , obviously also from Norway, born about 1837 ,remains a mystery. There is a large Thomson family in/around Lisbon, but no Erick (Erik) has been found.
    Family tradition gives his homestead in Norway to be around the “Bergen district”, but that covers most of South West Norway.
    Any assistance/clues are welcome .

  4. Irving C Ostrander

    I am searching for the Burial place of Sarah Jane Hall nee Ostrander who died 26 APR 1889 in Chicago and and death certificate states buried Morris, Illinois. Note she is found in the 1860 federal census in Morris with mother Else Ostrander, Sarah Stevens, and Sydney Higby. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Svein Larsen

      I appreciate being requested to share such searh with other students of the early emigrasjon to Illinois and parts of Iowa. My challenge relates to the missing register of part of a Norwegian family that arrived to Lisbon area in the summer of 1854. It was a father with two daugters and two sons. The two sisters Elizabeth and Caroline I have followed throughout their confirmtion in the Lisbom Chorch, their first dommistic jobs outside home, and their later marriages to well recorded and docuented husbands. Their father, Reier Christophersen is totally absent from all census , land processions or chhurch records before he in 1870 sudenly appear as farmhand with his sister and son.n law, ( Caroline C and Ole H.Jensen) at their fsrm in Saratoga /G rundy.(then recorded as Richard Richardsen , 74 years old) 10 years later , he is still living with his son in la, but now registered as Ryer Ryerson 84 years old) . After 1880 I have not managed to locate his whereabout, and wheras the burial grounds for the rest of the family is easily found in the nearby cemetiries in Grundy and Kendall, Reier has dissapeared into thin air.
      Same also for the two boyes 1) Christian ( born in Stavanger, Norway 28/1 1835, and2) Andreas(Andrew) born same place 22/9 1838. No records are found, inclusive search in all census, military records and church records. I spent days talking to old citizens in Lasalle, Kendall and Grundy; inclusive Morris, Newark, Norway and Lisbon , when i first visted the area about 20 years ago. But avail. Searching the records of Veterheim and other collections has not brought any more light on the mystory. I now again have started new search on behlf of the descendens of the two sisters, and for the remaining family in Norway… surely someone must know…
      Guidance, The said Reier Christpherson/( Ryerson) is my own great-great-grandfather, and I am an offspring from a son left behind in Stavanger when the rst of the family emigrated ny the vessel NIORD in april 1854.

      Obviously some of you have similar challenge(es) on hand, and I assure that I shall search for clues in my many notes collected over the last 25 years of active research.

    • Eleanore J Shewan

      Looking for information on Anna PRELLBERG, b: 1866 possibly in Grundy County, IL d: 1872. Parents: Henry A Prellberg and Mary E Tegtmeir Prellberg. Is Anna buried in Grundy County?

      Also looking for burial information for Henry or John Henry TEGTMEIR or MAYER who died May 20, 1879 possibly in Grundy County, IL.

  5. Svein Larsen

    My great-great Grandfather, Ryer Christophersen (Ryersen) , born in Stavanger, Norway 1797 left Norway in April 1854 with 5 children . He most probably passed Chicago on his way to meet up with Norwegian friends in the region. I have searched for his early whereabout, but always in vain. What I do know is that he lodged as an old man with his daughter and son-in law in Saratoga in 1880. Of the 5 children only a son and two girls grew up. Of the son I know absolutely nothing, but his daughters got married in the 1860s. Thus. Caroline , b. 1843 got married to Ole H. Johnson a well kown civil war veteran. In 1880 they are registered living in Saratoga twp . Her sister Elizabeth (b. 1841) was living with husband Torris (Terris) Johmson in Big Grove, Kendal at the same time. Any information about Ryer (Reier) and his children, particularly covering their first decades of life in US, would be appreciated as I intend to include the family in a special article about these early settlers.

  6. Elise

    How did Charles L. KENDALL die in 1900, at the age of 27? Left behind wife Sarah Max Kendall and 4-ish year old daughter Mary/May Katherine Kendall. Sarah & Charles were married in 1895 in Morris (Grundy Co.). Trying to piece the story together from there…

  7. Vicki Meadows

    Looking for Catherine/Katherine (Kate) Douglas/Douglass Bronson, 1836-1866.

    We think she’s buried in Grundy County. Born in New York, married to Frederick Allen Wallace Bronson.

  8. Wally Armstrong

    now looking for more information on the Armstrong family that moved into the area Ottawa 1831 With Son Perry A Armstrong Settling in Morris In 1840. Was a Prominent Businessman and Lawyer And Legislator. His Mother Elsie Lived in Town across the Street. I Found His Home And in Looking for More Information on Poems Recorded by Elsie About Her History and Background of the Armstrong Family. I Am Wanting to Hear More about Their Settling in In 1831 To a Log Cabin 7 Miles Southwest of Ottawa. Also Any Background Or Stories Of These Early Days? And Then Any History Leading up to Them Moving Over in a Covered Wagon from Licking County Ohio, 1831.

  9. Barbara Lechner

    Looking for NELSON, Ever or Iver immigrated to Morris about 1863-1866. An article from US Genweb of 2006 gave his wife’s name as Julia and they brought their infant son Gunner from Norway. I cannot confirm that Julia is the wife’s name… I do find Sarah and Severt living in Morris in 1917 and find Iver Nelson and wife Clara with son Gunner in 1880 US Census in Milks Grove, IL.

    I find the marriage of Gunner to Hattie McConnell in 1887 and they remained in Morris raising 9 children. Their oldest daughter was named Julia Matilda (the names of paternal and maternal grandmothers?) OR a mistake in the article for Ever’s wife’s name.

  10. debby volpe

    I am researching the family of my great grandmother Laura Quigley who lived in Morris. Laura’s father was Merrit Quigley and mother was Frances Atchison. Merrit’s sisters married into the Hoge family. Merrit and his brother, Earl appear to have worked for the railroad and Merrit was involved with the Morris Fire Dept.
    Other family names in the Morris area:
    William Atchison – Mary McClaskey
    Alexander McClaskey

    Also looking for any information about the confectionary store that my great great grandmother, Mrs. M. J. Quigley purchased from J D Alsdurf in 1893.

  11. Anita Drendel

    Hi I am looking for information regarding my 2nd great grandparents. Mr. Kerwin abt.1820-died before 1880 and his wife Bridget Kerwin 1824-died before 1890. (I am uncertain of his first name and her maiden name.They were born in County Mayo Ireland, immigrated and both lived in Aux Sable Township till their deaths. Bridget lived with her daughter’s family, William and Mary Conklin who spent the early parts of their lives in Aux Sable, Grundy Co, dist 014

  12. Mary Lydigsen

    I am looking for the cemetary where my great grandfather[John Michael] is buried. He was born in Prussia and married Frederica Graba in 1862. Do you have any information on him?

  13. Julie Husslein

    Looking for anythin on my Great Grandmother, Annabelle Thom. Her maiden name was Stewart. She passed away in 1917, in Coal City. She was married to Robert Thom and left behind to small girls, Audrey and Genevieve. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  14. Wendy higgins

    I am searching the Kepplinger family. Some are buried in the Goodfarm Cemetery, Grundy Illinois. I am looking for Matilda (King or Koenig ) Kepplinger, late wife of J. Christ Kepplinger. I believe she died in 1883, born 1856. She would be th mother of my great grandfather Herman Atto or Otto Kepplinger. I can find her nowhere. I wonder if she is located the Goodfarm cemetery. it is said she was laid with her 4 months old infant. I don’t know if it correct.

    • Crystal Greiff

      I found her in the 1880 Census. I also found the obit for her husband and it appears she went by Tillie King as well. She was his 2nd wife. Herman Otto was only child with Christopher except for the one that died in infancy. It’s not letting me save the images. if you would like them email me at [email protected]

  15. Hudson

    I am searching for information on my great grandfather who according to
    his obituary lived in Grundy County, Saratoga Township, Illinois from 1870-1883.
    His name was Austin Thomas Hudson. He is noted on the 1880 census as a boarder
    and his occupation is farm hand. He was on the S. Dawson farm. That is all I know
    about his time in Illinois. He moved to Minnesota in 1883. Nancy Fisch


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