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Finding Illinois Marriage Records

  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
  • 1962 - county clerks began sending copies to the state

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1962

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index
Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Illinois State Archives, Marriages, 1763-1900 On Illinois State Archives; free. Coverage chart. Undisclosed
Ancestry, Marriages, 1790-1860 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 163,917
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1810-1934 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,026,354
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1815-1935 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 636,536
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 158,233
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 659,028
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases above, try searching for marriage information in other records:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

PART A: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records or the above indexes.

Illinois County clerks are the official custodians of all marriage records recorded in Illinois counties. To obtain copies of marriages, write the appropriate county clerk and include in your letter all of the information on the marriage.

OR

Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) hold original marriage records or microfilm copies for over seventy of the 102 counties in Illinois for the years 1809-1983. Consult the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database to see if IRAD has marriage records for the county and date of the marriage you are requesting. Type the search term MARRIAGE in the title field to return all marriage records in the IRAD holdings. If IRAD does have marriage records for the county you are searching and for the pertinent time period, write the appropriate Illinois Regional Archives Depository and include in your letter all of the information on the marriage.  Marriage record searches are free, but a small copy fee will be billed for records found. IRAD provides uncertified copies only. Certified copies must be requested from the county clerk.


PART B: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage


Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.


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Marriages 1962 to Present

For a $5 fee, the Illinois Department of Health, Division of Vital Records can verify the facts of a marriage that has taken place from 1962 through the current index date available. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Division of Vital Records does not issue certified copies of marriage records. Certified copies are available from the county clerk in the county where the marriage occurred.

Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) hold original marriage records or microfilm copies for over seventy of the 102 counties in Illinois for the years 1809-1983. Consult the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database to see if IRAD has marriage records for the county and date of the marriage you are requesting. Type the search term MARRIAGE in the title field to return all marriage records in the IRAD holdings. If IRAD does have marriage records for the county you are searching and for the pertinent time period, write the appropriate Illinois Regional Archives Depository and include in your letter all of the information on the marriage.  Marriage record searches are free, but a small copy fee will be billed for records found. IRAD provides uncertified copies only. Certified copies must be requested from the county clerk.

County clerks are the official custodians of all marriage records recorded in Illinois counties. To obtain copies of marriages found in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, write the appropriate county clerk and include in your letter all of the information on the marriage given in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.


No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.


If you cannot locate your ancestor's marriage in the sources above, try searching for marriage information in other records:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

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