Recorder's Office - Joseph J. Tirio, McHenry County Recorder
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On June 1, 1837, the Board of County Commissioners for the newly created County of McHenry met for the first time. This Board established precincts (townships would come later), set the rate for taxable property, and began the process of laying out roads and determining the location for the county seat. Up until 1839, both Lake and McHenry Counties were combined into one.  In 2010, the original leather-bound first volume of the McHenry County Commissioners’ Court Minutes resurfaced with this information and much more. No one knows how long it had been missing but it was returned to the Recorder’s Office by a private party from Springfield, Illinois. The records in the journal date from June 1, 1837 to March 10, 1848.  Without a doubt, this volume is McHenry County’s most significant single historical record. It recorded the original decisions, policies and framework that established McHenry County and  is a rare record of this county’s origins.

Journal - Years 1837-1842 *large pdf file may take time to download*
Journal - Years 1843-1848 *large pdf file may take time to download*

On June 1, 2010, a public ceremony and dedication of this significant historical record was given at the County Board meeting.  Click on the DVD image below to view pictures of Journal 1's return events!