Ogle County, Illinois, marriage records, 1837-1850

The marriage records referenced originate from Registers A and B of Ogle County Marriages, located in the County Clerk’s office in Oregon, Ogle County, Illinois. These documents have been carefully examined and enhanced from the original licenses and certificates stored in the basement vault of the same office.

This collection rearranges the marriages, initially listed by license issuance dates in the registers, into a chronological sequence based on the actual marriage dates. Some entries might deviate slightly from this order due to the absence of recorded marriage dates, only showing license issuance and return dates. Each marriage is assigned a unique number in this sequence, with an index created based on these numbers.

For licenses missing associated certificates or return dates, a supplementary number is assigned, incorporating them into the chronological order based on the license issuance date or related affidavit, and distinguished with a capital letter.

Efforts were made to consult all related affidavits for each marriage to ensure accurate name spellings and to expand on any genealogical information about the individuals getting married. While some name spellings may differ from those found in the County Clerk’s office indexes, these alterations aim for precision. Additionally, a few marriages discovered in the file boxes are not recorded in the official Registers.

The earliest marriage in the region that would become Ogle County is noted in local histories as between Samples Meg Journey and a daughter of John Ankeney, in early 1832 at Buffalo Grove, the area’s first settlement. This marriage is recorded in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, at Galena.

Ogle County was established on January 16, 1836, from Jo Daviess County but remained under its jurisdiction until January 1837, when it had a sufficient population to function independently. In 1839, Lee and Whiteside Counties were created from parts of Ogle County.

The order of data given in each entry is as follows: Groom, Bride, Date of Marriage, and Person Officiatinge

See the notes after Numbers 115, 116, 339, 457, 639, and 705.


Single (or Miss)s
Justice of the PeaceJP
Probate Justice of the PeacePJP
Minister of the GospelMG


Steenrod, Robert L. Ogle County, Illinois, marriage records, 1837-1850, Belvidere, Ill.: self published, 1960.

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