Circuit Clerk’s Office
700 S. Main St.
Princeton, IL 61356
815-872-2001 (automated menu)
The Circuit Clerk’s office suggests that researchers contact BCGS for assistance.
Probate Records: 1838 to present. These records include death dates, wills, heirs, inventories, appraisals, sales, distribution of assets, and other information.
Divorce Records: Beginning 1868.
Early Naturalization Records: 1842-1906.
These records do not contain genealogical information in most cases.
Later Naturalization Records: 1906 and newer.
These contain good genealogical information. The Declaration of Intention is likely to give a description of that person, an occupation, date and place of birth, date when they left their native country, name of the ship they traveled on, date and place they arrived in America, and their residence when they applied to become a citizen. The final document might contain a small picture of them.
Bureau County probate records from 1833-1931 are now on the free website FamilySearch.org (click this link to access the records). Use this PDF guide to find and view these records more easily. The name index for these records appears after all the files on this database. Use this guide to find the correct probate case number and learn the first image and number of documents on the case. Some cases have only a few documents while others have over 100. The documents of most interest to genealogical researchers are the will, inventory, appraisal, sale bill and final report showing the disbursement of assets. The first documents in the case will reveal if this is your ancestor.