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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Illinois|Illinois&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Illinois_Vital_Records|Vital Records]]'' {{Adoption ISGS}}<br> <br> [[Image:Oldcap.jpg|thumb|left]]  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois_Vital_Records|Vital Records]]'' {{Adoption ISGS}}<br> <br> [[Image:Oldcap.jpg|thumb|left]]  
  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Public Records] or the county clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Public Records] or the county clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.  
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== Vital Records Reference Dates ==
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'''Vital Records Reference Dates'''
  
 
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== Illinois Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online ==
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== Searching Online Records ==
  
[[Image:Vital Records Collage.JPG|thumb|left]] The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Illinois Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Most online resources for Illinois Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
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Most online resources for Illinois Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
  
'''Illinois State Archives Global Search:'''
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*The [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/globsrch.html Global Database Search] created by the [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] allows all index databases on their website to be searched by name (free).
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**Click on a database from the list of results and enter the name again to search for the record in that database. The search field is at the bottom of the webpage.
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**The database is strong for birth, marriage and death information.
  
:*The [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/globsrch.html Global Database Search] created by the [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] allows all index databases on their website to be searched by name (free). You must click on a database from the list of results and enter the name again to search for the record in that database. The search field is at the bottom of the webpage.
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=== Birth Records  ===
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#B2B2FF" colspan="3" |<center>'''Birth Records''' reveal</center>
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| width="25%" | <center>'''Y'''es or '''M'''aybe '''⇒'''</center>
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| width="3%" |&nbsp;'''Y'''
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#FFE3B8" | Name of Child
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#FFEDA3" | Birth Date and Place
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#FFE3B8" | Parent's Names
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#FFEDA3" | Mother's Maiden Name
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#FFE3B8" | Parent's Ages
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#FFEDA3" | Parents' State or Country of Birth
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#B2B2FF" colspan="3" |{{Tip|Earlier records may give less detail}}
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'''Marriages:'''  
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'''Online Birth Records'''
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*{{RecordSearch|1676968|Illinois Statewide Birth Indexes, 1824-1940}}</span> at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
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**A wiki article describing this online collection is found at [[Illinois_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Illinios Birth and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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**1877-1940: Most entries were indexed from microfilmed county records. 28 counties are missing from this index (Aug 2014). For a list of counties included, see [[Illinois Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Coverage Table]]
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**1842-1872: Indexed from ''Illinois births, prior to act, excluding Chicago: 1842, 1849-1872'', microfilmed records. See {{FHL|757970|item|disp=FHL film 1992052 (first of 6 films)}}
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**1824-1940: Includes entries indexed from church records or submitted by individuals.
  
:*[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html ''Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900''], [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] - Free
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*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/Default.aspx Cook County Illinois Historic Vital Records] at Cook County Genealogy Online. Index only (Free)
:*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1803970 ''Illinois County Marriages, 1810''–''1934''], FamilySearch Historical Records - Free<br>Learn more about this [[Illinois County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|collection]].<br>
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**births 75 years or older
:*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1463145 ''Illinois, Cook County Marriages''', '''1871–1920''], FamilySearch Historical Records - Free<br>Learn more about this [[Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|collection]].
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**Purchase copies online through Cook County. Free or low-cost copies may also be available via [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)| IRAD]] or FamilySearch [[Photoduplication Services|Photoduplication Request]]
:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2086 ''Illinois Marriages to 1850''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1790–1860''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7857 ''Illinois Marriages, 1851–1900''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - ($)
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'''Deaths:'''
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*{{RecordSearch|1462519|Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
  
:*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1438856 ''Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916–1947''], FamilySearch Historical Records - Free<br>Learn more about this [[Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|collection]].
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*{{RecordSearch|1463129|Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915}} at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
:*[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/deathsrch.html ''Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916''] at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives Illinois State Archives] - Free
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**Birth ''Registers'' were recorded in a book. ''Certificates'' are copies of individual birth certificates and contain some information than the Registers.
:*[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/idphdeathsrch.html ''Illinois Death Certificates, 1916–1950''] at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives Illinois State Archives] - Free
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**For further explanation, see wiki articles for [[Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Cook County Birth Certificates]] and [[Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Cook County Birth Registers]]
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**Check both, as there are differences and some overlap.  
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**Indexed from microfilmed county records.  
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**If the "GSU Film number" is listed in the index entry, request a copy certificate using FamilySearch [[Photoduplication Services|Photoduplication Request]]
  
== Researching Illinois Vital Records ==
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<div style="position:relative; height:25px; width:30%; padding-top:8px; border-radius:6px; border-bottom:1px solid #eeeeee; font-family:ProximaNova; text-align:center; font-size:14px; left:70%; background:linear-gradient(#0088cc 0%, #0044cc 60%);">[[How to Find Illinois Birth Records|<span style="color:white;">How to find early births</span>]]</div>
  
It is usually best to start a vital records search using one of the online links listed above. Original records were officially recorded in the county (except for those recorded in Chicago). Links to county pages appear in the box at the end of this article. Statewide vital records are available at the following locations:<br>  
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'''Birth Records Timeline'''
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*1843 Legislation, a parent could report a birth to the county. However, very few births were recorded in only a few scattered counties.  
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*1877 The State Board of Health required all births be reported to the county clerk, although many were not reported because compliance was not enforced. <ref>http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html</ref>
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*1916 Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1916 and was generally complied with by 1922.
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**These usually give the name and sex of the child; the names, birthplaces, and ages of the parents (with the mother’s maiden name); the occupation of the father; and the number of children born to the mother.  
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**Birth records of adopted children may give the birth parents but have frequently been amended to show only the adoptive parents.
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**75-year restriction on obtaining birth records for deceased persons. Exception: immediate family members.
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**Request a special form from Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records.<ref>http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/genealogicalinfo.htm</ref>  
  
:*The [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records] (birth and death records)
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{{Tip|Click to a [[Illinois#Counties|county]] for more records and ideas.}}
:*[http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/irad/iradhome.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD)]: IRAD is run by the Illinois State Archives to archive records from local governments in Illinois. There are seven depositories covering the state. Click [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html here] to see what records are available for the county you are searching. Click [http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/irad/iradregn.html here] for a map to determine what depository to contact.
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:*The Family History Library (FHL): See the [http://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=376362 Illinois-Vital Records] topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|FHLC]]. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|FamilySearch Centers]].
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:*Learn where to write for [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Illinois.htm Illinois Certificates].
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== Birth Records  ==
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==== Delayed Birth Records  ====
  
Because of legislation passed in 1843, a parent could report a birth to the county. However, very few births were recorded in only a few scattered counties. In 1877, the State Board of Health required all births be reported to the county clerk, although many were not reported because compliance was not enforced.<ref>http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html</ref> In Illinois, the statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1916 and was generally complied with by 1922.  
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Delayed registrations of births were made when the individual applied, usually as an adult. An advantage is that they had to provide evidence to support the birth, which often included the testimony of a close relative or a church or Bible record.  
  
After 1916, birth records usually give the name and sex of the child; the names, birthplaces, and ages of the parents (with the mother’s maiden name); the occupation of the father; and the number of children born to the mother. Birth records of adopted children may give the birth parents but have frequently been amended to show only the adoptive parents.  
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The records can be located in the county where the birth occurred or the county of residence in the state when the individual applied for the delayed birth record. Some delayed birth records can also be found at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/home.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD)] depositories and the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|Family History Library (FHL)]].
  
There is a 75 year restriction on obtaining birth records for those not entitled to obtaining a birth certificate. For births after 1916, a copy of the birth certificate can be obtained if the individual is deceased. You must request a special form from Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records.<ref>http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/genealogicalinfo.htm</ref>
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=== Marriage Records ===
  
:*''Illinois Births, Prior to Act, Excluding Chicago: 1842, 1849–1872. ''{{FHL|757970|item|disp=FHL film 1992052 (first of 6 films)}}
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| The county clerk usually kept marriage records from the time the county was organized. A few records date from the 1790s.<br> <div style="position:relative; height:25px; width:150px; padding-top:8px; border-radius:6px; border-bottom:1px solid #eeeeee; font-family:ProximaNova; text-align:center; font-size:14px; background:linear-gradient(#0088cc 0%, #0044cc 60%);">[[How to Find Illinois Marriage Records|<span style="color:white;">How to find marriages</span>]]</div>
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<br> Several types of marriage records were kept, although sometimes only one type of marriage record was preserved or filmed:
  
'''A wiki article describing an onling collection is found at:'''  
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*'''Marriage registers''' before 1877 provide the date of marriage, names of the bride and groom, and the person who performed the marriage. Starting in 1877, pre-printed marriage register books in Illinois provided columns for ages, residences, birth places, and sometimes the names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom.
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*'''Marriage returns''' were reported by the minister or Justice of the Peace who performed the marriage. County histories or city directories can be checked to learn which religion and congregation a minister served. Ministers’ returns may reveal that the marriage took place in a private residence, often the home of a parent or relative.
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*'''Marriage licenses''' or '''applications''' couples were not required to obtain a marriage license until 1877.
  
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Illinois_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Illinios Birth and Christenings (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Records)]
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The counties continue to record marriages to the present day and only county clerks can issue certified copies of the marriage certificate.
  
=== Delayed Birth Records ===
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A statewide register of marriages was started on 1 January 1962 as county clerks forwarded marriage information to the Illinois Department of Public Health. For a fee, the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/marriageinfo.htm Division of Vital Records] can search their statewide register and provide the marriage date and county for couples married after 1962. [[Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|<br>]]
  
Delayed registrations of births can be located in the county where the birth occurred or the county of residence in the state when the individual applied for the delayed birth record. Some delayed birth records can also be found at [http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/irad/iradhome.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD)] depositories and the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library (FHL)]].
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== Marriage Records  ==
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'''Online Marriage collections'''
  
Several types of marriage records were kept, such as marriage registers, marriage returns, and marriage applications. Sometimes only one type of marriage record was preserved or filmed.  
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*[http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] at Illinois State Archives. Index only. (Free)
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**sources include original county clerks' marriage records and publications of county genealogical societies and private individuals
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**index created by volunteer in their homes and by Archives staff
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**Provides groom, bride, date and county as well as information for contacting the county for a copy of the record.  
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**ongoing effort; as of March 2012 90 of the 98 counties are complete, 4 not started
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**get copies of records from [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/irad.pdf IRAD] or county clerks
  
The marriage registers before 1877 provide the date of marriage, names of the bride and groom, and the person who performed the marriage. Starting in 1877, pre-printed marriage register books in Illinois provided columns for ages, residences, birth places, and sometimes the names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom.
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*{{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at FamilySearch. Index and images. (Free)
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**About 48 of the 102 counties are in this collection. Click to see the [[Illinois, County Marriages Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)|coverage table]].
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**largest of Family Search Illinois marriage collections (as of June 2014)
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**incomplete, on-going project, over 1 million entries as of May 2013
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**image copies may be requested from FamilySearch [[Photoduplication Services|Photoduplication Services]]
  
Marriage returns were reported by the minister or Justice of the Peace who performed the marriage. County histories or city directories can be checked to learn which religion and congregation a minister served. Ministers’ returns may reveal that the marriage took place in a private residence, often the home of a parent or relative.
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*{{RecordSearch|1680829|Illinois, Marriages, 1815-1935}} at FamilySearch. (Free)
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**index and some images included
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**does not index a specific set and is not complete for any particular place or region
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**based upon variety of data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah
  
The county clerk usually kept marriage records from the time the county was organized. A few records date from the 1790s, but couples were not required to obtain a marriage license until 1877.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2086 Illinois Marriages to 1850] at Ancestry.com. Index only. (Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>/$)
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**electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Illinois
  
The counties continue to record marriages to the present day and only county clerks can issue certified copies of the marriage certificate. A statewide register of marriages was started on 1 January 1962 as county clerks forwarded marriage information to the Illinois Department of Public Health. For a fee, the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/marriageinfo.htm Division of Vital Records] can search their statewide register and provide the marriage date and county for couples married after 1962. [[Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|<br>]]  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7857 Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900] at Ancestry.com. Index only. (Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>/$)
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**compile from county marriage records on microfilm located in the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
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**compiled by Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, Orem, Utah
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860] at Ancestry.com. Index only. (Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>/$)
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**with some noted exceptions source in microfilms of county marriage records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah
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**FHL microfilm numbers con be accessed from each entry
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**indexed by Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, Orem, Utah
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1388122 Marriages to 1930 (Catholic)] at FamilySearch, Diocese of Belleville Parish Registers. (Free)
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**brows-able images of parish registers plus a small number of other Church records
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*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/Default.aspx Cook County Marriage Licenses] at Cook County . (Free index, $ for images)
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**marriages 50 years ago or before
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**not comprehensive, on-going project as of June 2014
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463145 Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920] at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
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**For a description, see [[Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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**Over 865,000 entries as of 2012
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**digital images available through FamilySearch [[Photoduplication Services|Photoduplication Services]]
  
 
'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]]:'''  
 
'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]]:'''  
  
When an Illinois '''eloping''' couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Lake County, Indiana|Crown Point, IN]], or [[St. Joseph County, Indiana|South Bend, IN]], or [[Vanderburgh County, Indiana|Evansville, IN]], or [[Lee County, Iowa]].<ref name="Eakle1">Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at [http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/] accessed 8 January 2011).</ref>  
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When an Illinois '''eloping''' couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Lake County, Indiana Genealogy|Crown Point, IN]], or [[St. Joseph County, Indiana Genealogy|South Bend, IN]], or [[Vanderburgh County, Indiana Genealogy|Evansville, IN]], or [[Lee County, Iowa]].<ref name="Eakle1">Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at [http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/] accessed 8 January 2011).</ref> Also check counties that "neighbor" the home county.
  
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Illinois marriages, click [http://www.xmission.com/~jsvare/CM/FusionMap_IL_county_marriages.html here].
  
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Illinois,_Cook_County_Marriage_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Records)]  
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=== Death Records  ===
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Death records are available in the following:
  
=== Online Illinois Marriage Indexes and Records  ===
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*Contact the county clerk in where the death occurred, if more than 20 years ago. [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/countylisting.htm Addresses of Illinois county clerks].
  
:*[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html ''Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900''], [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] - Free.&nbsp;Provides groom, bride, date and county as well as information for contacting the county for a copy of the record.
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*[http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathinfo.htm Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)]
:*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1803970 ''Illinois County Marriages, 1810''–''1934''], FamilySearch Historical Records - Free<br>Learn more about this [[Illinois County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|collection]].<br>
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**Orders can be made [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathorder_online.htm online], [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathorder_mail.htm by mail], [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathorder_fax.htm by fax], or [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathorder_person.htm in person].  
:*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1463145 ''Illinois, Cook County Marriages''', '''1871–1920''], FamilySearch Historical Records - Free<br>Learn more about this [[Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|collection]].
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**Requirements include: decedent's full name, date of death, city and county where death occurred (if known), your relationship to the decedent, reasons for requesting record and a legible/readable copy of your valid photo identification card.  
:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2086 ''Illinois Marriages to 1850''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - ($)
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**A genealogical copy is less expensive than a certified copy.
:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1790–1860''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - ($)
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**The "Tips" section at the bottom of their webpage mentions misspellings, incorrect data, erroneous entries, and that some 1936 deaths are listed as occurring in 1935.  
:*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7857 ''Illinois Marriages, 1851–1900''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] - ($)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/projects/deathcerts.html Illinois State Genealogical Society].
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**Only 1916 to 1947 are currently available.
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**Order [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/projects/deathcerts.html online].
  
== Death Records ==
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*[http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html#after1915 Illinois State Archives Reference Room (ISA)]
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**Records for deaths that occurred more than 50 years ago.
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**The following is required: decedent's name, date of death, name of county (and if provided, township of death), and death certificate number.
  
Because of legislation passed in 1843, members of a family could report a death to the county. However, very few deaths were recorded and only a few scattered counties have incomplete records. A new law was passed in 1877 requiring all deaths to be reported to the county clerk, although many were not reported because compliance was not enforced.<ref> [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html]</ref> In 1916, death records were mandated by the state with copies sent to the state capital. Compliance to this law reached 95% by 1919.<ref>Schweitzer, George K, Illinois Genealogical Research (Knoxville, TN: George K. Schweitzer, 1997)</ref>
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After 1916, death records usually give information about the deceased, such as name, age, birth date, state or country of birth (sometimes the city or town), names of the parents (frequently including the maiden name of the mother), and the informant (who may be a close relative). The date and place of death are given. Sometimes burial information, the cause of death, and the names of the physician and mortician are provided. The length of residence in the state or county may also be given.  
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'''Online Death Records'''
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*[http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916] at Illinois State Archives.  Index only.  (Free)
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**incomplete, on-going project
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**IRAD holdings, with instructions on obtain records from them are included
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**a list of Counties and date spans [http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/deathlst.html currently included]
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**sources include original county clerks' death records
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**Learn more about [http://www.deathindexes.com/illinois/index.html Illinois Death Records and Indexes] at Deathindexes.com.
  
Death records are available in the following:
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*[http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Illinois Death Certificate Database, 1916-1950] at Illinois State Archives. Index only. (Free)
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**indexes death certificates filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health 1916-1950
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**Information about how to obtain copies of death certificates before 1916 and after 1915 is included.
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**Notice that the "Tips" section at the bottom of their webpage mentions misspellings, incorrect data, erroneous entries, and that some 1936 deaths are listed as occurring in 1935.
  
:*Contact the county clerk in the county the death occurred. [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/countylisting.htm Addresses of Illinois county clerks].
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*{{RecordSearch|1438856|Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947}} at FamilySearch. Index only. (Free)
:*[http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathinfo.htm Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)]'''.&nbsp;'''Orders can be made [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathorder_online.htm online], [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathorder_mail.htm by mail], [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathorder_fax.htm by fax], or [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/deathorder_person.htm in person]. Requirements for ordering from the IDPH include: decedent's full name, date of death, city and county where death occurred (if known), your relationship to the decedent, reasons for requesting record and a legible/readable copy of your valid photo identification card. A genealogical copy is less expensive than a certified copy. Notice that the "Tips" section at the bottom of their webpage mentions misspellings, incorrect data, erroneous entries, and that some 1936 deaths are listed as occurring in 1935.  
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**indexed from images of original records at the Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/projects/deathcerts.html Illinois State Genealogical Society]. Only 1916 to 1947 are currently available. Order [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/projects/deathcerts.html online].
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**as of June 2014 still index only. may include images later
:*[http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html#after1915 Illinois State Archives Reference Room (ISA)] has death records for deaths that occurred more than 50 years ago. Earlier deaths are not available at the ISA. The following is required: decedent's name, date of death, name of county (and if provided, township of death), and death certificate number.
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**may be able to get images through FamilySearch [[Photoduplication Services | Photoduplication Services]]
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/projects/deathcerts.html Illinois State Genealogical Society]. Only 1916 to 1947 are currently available. Order [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/projects/deathcerts.html online].
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**Learn more about this [[Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|collection]].
  
=== Online Illinois Death Indexes and Records ===
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2542 Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947] at Ancestry.com. Index only. (Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>/$)
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**original data from FamilySearch Index (immediately above)
  
:*[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/deathsrch.html ''Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916''] at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives Illinois State Archives] - Free  
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*{{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at FamilySearch. Index only. (Free)
:*[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/idphdeathsrch.html ''Illinois Death Certificates, 1916–1950''] at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives Illinois State Archives] - Free<br>Notice that the "Tips" section at the bottom of their webpage mentions misspellings, incorrect data, erroneous entries, and that some 1936 deaths are listed as occurring in 1935.  
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**Only deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning 1962 are included, so many unrecorded deaths are not in this index.
:*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1438856 ''Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916–1947''], FamilySearch Historical Records - Free<br>Learn more about this [[Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|collection]].
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**several organizations have purchased this file and posted it to their web sites.
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**Name and birth date were provided by an informant and may be inaccurate; barring data entry error the other information is reliable.
  
'''Wiki articles describing an online collections are found at:'''
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*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/Default.aspx Cook County Illinois Historic Vital Records] at Cook County. (Free index, $ for certificates)
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**deaths 20 years or more ago
  
*[[Illinois, Cook County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Illinois, Cook County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]][[Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|<br>]]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463134 Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922] at FamilySearch. Index only. (Free)
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Illinois_Deaths_and_Stillbirths_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths (FamilySearch Historical Records)<br>]
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**data from original records in the Cook County Clerk's office
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/illinois/index.html Illinois Death Records &amp; Indexes] (deathindexes.com)
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**deaths for Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago) are missing for the years 1910-1915
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**image copies are available through FamilySearch [[Photoduplication Services|Photoduplication Services]]
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**Learn more about [[Illinois, Cook County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Illinois, Cook County Death Records, 1878-1922]] (FamilySearch Historical Records)
  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1388122 Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records] at FamilySearch.  (Free)
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** deaths to 1956
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**browsable images, with indexes in some volumes
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**image copies available through FamilySearch [[Photoduplication Services | Photoduplication Services]]
  
== Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) Records  ==
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'''Death Records Timeline'''
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*1843 Legislation, members of a family could report a death to the county. However, very few deaths were recorded and only a few scattered counties have incomplete records.
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*1877 The State Board of Health required all deaths to be reported to the county clerk, although many were not reported because compliance was not enforced.<ref> [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html]</ref>
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*1916 death records were mandated by the state with copies sent to the state capital. Compliance to this law reached 95% by 1919.<ref>Schweitzer, George K, Illinois Genealogical Research (Knoxville, TN: George K. Schweitzer, 1997)</ref>
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**These may give additional information, such as the city or town of birth, the informant (who may be a close relative), and the length of residence in the state or county.
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**Sometimes burial information, the cause of death, and the names of the physician and mortician are provided. 
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{{Tip|Click to a [[Illinois#Counties|county]] for more records and ideas.}}
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=== Divorce Records  ===
  
 
In the early 1800s, the legislature, the circuit courts, and city courts granted divorces. Illinois divorce records may indicate the date and place the marriage was dissolved. Circuit or city courts have handled most divorce proceedings. The Superior Court of Cook County in Chicago also has jurisdiction over divorces.  
 
In the early 1800s, the legislature, the circuit courts, and city courts granted divorces. Illinois divorce records may indicate the date and place the marriage was dissolved. Circuit or city courts have handled most divorce proceedings. The Superior Court of Cook County in Chicago also has jurisdiction over divorces.  
  
The actual records before and after 1962 are available in the county where the divorce occurred. Contact the county clerk of the circuit court for certified copies of dissolution of marriage records. Click here for a list of the [http://www.state.il.us/court/CircuitCourt/CircuitCourtJudges/CCC_County.asp circuit court clerks]. For a fee, the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/dissolution_marriageinfo.htm Division of Vital Records] can verify the dissolution of marriages after 1961 if the husband's last name is known. Some divorce records are also available from the [http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/irad/iradhome.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD)] and the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library]].  
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The actual records before and after 1962 are available in the county where the divorce occurred. Contact the county clerk of the circuit court for certified copies of dissolution of marriage records. Click here for a list of the [http://www.state.il.us/court/CircuitCourt/CircuitCourtJudges/CCC_County.asp circuit court clerks]. For a fee, the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/dissolution_marriageinfo.htm Division of Vital Records] can verify the dissolution of marriages after 1961 if the husband's last name is known. Some divorce records are also available from the [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/home.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD)] and the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|Family History Library]].
  
== Adoption Records  ==
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=== Adoption Records  ===
  
As of 11 November 2011, Illinois adoptees born before 1946 now have immediate access to their birth certificates.&nbsp;Those born after 1 Jan 1946 and who are twenty-one or older may file a request to see&nbsp;their birth certificates. Parents of children born after 1946 must file a form if they want&nbsp;to keep their names confidential. If no form is filed, it is assumed that the parents will allow their names to remain on the certificate. For more information, go to the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/vital/non_certified.htm Illinois Department of Public Health website].&nbsp;<br>  
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As of 11 November 2011, Illinois adoptees born before 1946 now have immediate access to their birth certificates. Those born after 1 Jan 1946 and who are twenty-one or older may file a request to see their birth certificates. Parents of children born after 1946 must file a form if they want to keep their names confidential. If no form is filed, it is assumed that the parents will allow their names to remain on the certificate. For more information, go to the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/vital/non_certified.htm Illinois Department of Public Health website]. <br>  
  
 
In many cases, children were raised by relatives or interested families without a formal adoption taking place and no official adoption records being created. <br>  
 
In many cases, children were raised by relatives or interested families without a formal adoption taking place and no official adoption records being created. <br>  
  
For more information, see [[Adoption Research|Adoption Research]] for additional resources and strategies.  
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For more information, see [[Adoption Research|Adoption Research]] for additional resources and strategies.
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== Start with Vital Records  ==
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It is usually best to start a vital records search using one of the online links listed above. Original records were officially recorded in the county (except for those recorded in Chicago). Links to county pages appear in the box at the end of this article. Statewide vital records are available at the following locations:<br>
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:*The [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records] (birth and death records)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/ Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD)]: IRAD is run by the Illinois State Archives to archive records from local governments in Illinois. There are seven depositories covering the state. Click [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html here] to see what records are available for the county you are searching. Click [http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/irad/iradregn.html here] for a map to determine what depository to contact.
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:*The Family History Library (FHL): See the {{FHL|376362|subject_id|disp=Illinois Vital Records}} topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]]. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|FamilySearch Centers]].
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:*Learn how to order IL vital records at [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-vital-records/ GenealogyInc] and [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Illinois.htm U.S. National Centers For Disease Control].
  
 
== Additional Helps  ==
 
== Additional Helps  ==
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*[[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.  
 
*[[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.  
 
*[[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.  
 
*[[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.  
*[[Illinois History|History]]: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.
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*[[Illinois History|History]]: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the FamilySearch Catalog.
  
 
== More Online Illinois Vital Records Links  ==
 
== More Online Illinois Vital Records Links  ==
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*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Illinois/illinois.htm Illinois links] from FHLFavorites] - Free  
 
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Illinois/illinois.htm Illinois links] from FHLFavorites] - Free  
 
*GenealogyBuff's records from various funeral homes: [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/northwest/webbbs_config.pl Northwestern Illinois Obituary and Death Notice Collection] from the northwestern counties of Illinois, including Carroll, Whiteside, Jo Daviess, Rock Island and Henry Counties; [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/northeast/webbbs_config.pl Northeastern Illinois Obituary and Death Notice Collection] from the suburbs of Chicago and Joliet areas; [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/south/webbbs_config.pl Southern Illinois Obituary and Death Notices Collection] from the southern counties of the state of Illinois. - Free  
 
*GenealogyBuff's records from various funeral homes: [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/northwest/webbbs_config.pl Northwestern Illinois Obituary and Death Notice Collection] from the northwestern counties of Illinois, including Carroll, Whiteside, Jo Daviess, Rock Island and Henry Counties; [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/northeast/webbbs_config.pl Northeastern Illinois Obituary and Death Notice Collection] from the suburbs of Chicago and Joliet areas; [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/south/webbbs_config.pl Southern Illinois Obituary and Death Notices Collection] from the southern counties of the state of Illinois. - Free  
*German Roots Links for Illinois [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Illinois Birth &amp; Marriage] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records - Free/($) This site includes all vital records, not just those of German descent.  
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*German Roots Links for Illinois [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Illinois Birth and Marriage] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records - Free/($) This site includes all vital records, not just those of German descent.  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/ALL/vr/ Linkpendium] links for Illinois Vital Records - Free  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/ALL/vr/ Linkpendium] links for Illinois Vital Records - Free  
 
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Illinois''' or '''IL''' - Free/($)  
 
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Illinois''' or '''IL''' - Free/($)  
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[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Illinois_County_Marriage_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Illinois County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
 
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Illinois_County_Marriage_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Illinois County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
  
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Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Public Records or the county clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Contents


Vital Records Reference Dates

Illinois' vital records start the following years:

Births Marriages Deaths
Earliest 1877* County Formation 1877*
Statewide Registration 1916 1962 1916
General Compliance 1922 1877 1919

* A few Illinois counties kept birth and death records before this date.

Searching Online Records

Most online resources for Illinois Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

  • The Global Database Search created by the Illinois State Archives allows all index databases on their website to be searched by name (free).
    • Click on a database from the list of results and enter the name again to search for the record in that database. The search field is at the bottom of the webpage.
    • The database is strong for birth, marriage and death information.

Birth Records

Birth Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
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Online Birth Records

How to find early births

Birth Records Timeline

  • 1843 Legislation, a parent could report a birth to the county. However, very few births were recorded in only a few scattered counties.
  • 1877 The State Board of Health required all births be reported to the county clerk, although many were not reported because compliance was not enforced. [1]
  • 1916 Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1916 and was generally complied with by 1922.
    • These usually give the name and sex of the child; the names, birthplaces, and ages of the parents (with the mother’s maiden name); the occupation of the father; and the number of children born to the mother.
    • Birth records of adopted children may give the birth parents but have frequently been amended to show only the adoptive parents.
    • 75-year restriction on obtaining birth records for deceased persons. Exception: immediate family members.
    • Request a special form from Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records.[2]

Delayed Birth Records

Delayed registrations of births were made when the individual applied, usually as an adult. An advantage is that they had to provide evidence to support the birth, which often included the testimony of a close relative or a church or Bible record.

The records can be located in the county where the birth occurred or the county of residence in the state when the individual applied for the delayed birth record. Some delayed birth records can also be found at Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD) depositories and the Family History Library (FHL).

Marriage Records

The county clerk usually kept marriage records from the time the county was organized. A few records date from the 1790s.


Several types of marriage records were kept, although sometimes only one type of marriage record was preserved or filmed:

  • Marriage registers before 1877 provide the date of marriage, names of the bride and groom, and the person who performed the marriage. Starting in 1877, pre-printed marriage register books in Illinois provided columns for ages, residences, birth places, and sometimes the names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom.
  • Marriage returns were reported by the minister or Justice of the Peace who performed the marriage. County histories or city directories can be checked to learn which religion and congregation a minister served. Ministers’ returns may reveal that the marriage took place in a private residence, often the home of a parent or relative.
  • Marriage licenses or applications couples were not required to obtain a marriage license until 1877.

The counties continue to record marriages to the present day and only county clerks can issue certified copies of the marriage certificate.

A statewide register of marriages was started on 1 January 1962 as county clerks forwarded marriage information to the Illinois Department of Public Health. For a fee, the Division of Vital Records can search their statewide register and provide the marriage date and county for couples married after 1962.

Online Marriage collections

  • Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 at Illinois State Archives. Index only. (Free)
    • sources include original county clerks' marriage records and publications of county genealogical societies and private individuals
    • index created by volunteer in their homes and by Archives staff
    • Provides groom, bride, date and county as well as information for contacting the county for a copy of the record.
    • ongoing effort; as of March 2012 90 of the 98 counties are complete, 4 not started
    • get copies of records from IRAD or county clerks
  • Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934 at FamilySearch. Index and images. (Free)
    • About 48 of the 102 counties are in this collection. Click to see the coverage table.
    • largest of Family Search Illinois marriage collections (as of June 2014)
    • incomplete, on-going project, over 1 million entries as of May 2013
    • image copies may be requested from FamilySearch Photoduplication Services
  • Illinois, Marriages, 1815-1935 at FamilySearch. (Free)
    • index and some images included
    • does not index a specific set and is not complete for any particular place or region
    • based upon variety of data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah
  • Illinois Marriages to 1850 at Ancestry.com. Index only. (Free[3]/$)
    • electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Illinois
  • Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900 at Ancestry.com. Index only. (Free[4]/$)
    • compile from county marriage records on microfilm located in the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
    • compiled by Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, Orem, Utah
  • Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860 at Ancestry.com. Index only. (Free[5]/$)
    • with some noted exceptions source in microfilms of county marriage records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah
    • FHL microfilm numbers con be accessed from each entry
    • indexed by Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, Orem, Utah
  • Marriages to 1930 (Catholic) at FamilySearch, Diocese of Belleville Parish Registers. (Free)
    • brows-able images of parish registers plus a small number of other Church records
  • Cook County Marriage Licenses at Cook County . (Free index, $ for images)
    • marriages 50 years ago or before
    • not comprehensive, on-going project as of June 2014

Gretna Greens:

When an Illinois eloping couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like Crown Point, IN, or South Bend, IN, or Evansville, IN, or Lee County, Iowa.[6] Also check counties that "neighbor" the home county.

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Illinois marriages, click here.

Death Records

Death records are available in the following:

  • Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
    • Orders can be made online, by mail, by fax, or in person.
    • Requirements include: decedent's full name, date of death, city and county where death occurred (if known), your relationship to the decedent, reasons for requesting record and a legible/readable copy of your valid photo identification card.
    • A genealogical copy is less expensive than a certified copy.
    • The "Tips" section at the bottom of their webpage mentions misspellings, incorrect data, erroneous entries, and that some 1936 deaths are listed as occurring in 1935.
  • Illinois State Archives Reference Room (ISA)
    • Records for deaths that occurred more than 50 years ago.
    • The following is required: decedent's name, date of death, name of county (and if provided, township of death), and death certificate number.

Online Death Records

  • Illinois Death Certificate Database, 1916-1950 at Illinois State Archives. Index only. (Free)
    • indexes death certificates filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health 1916-1950
    • Information about how to obtain copies of death certificates before 1916 and after 1915 is included.
    • Notice that the "Tips" section at the bottom of their webpage mentions misspellings, incorrect data, erroneous entries, and that some 1936 deaths are listed as occurring in 1935.
  • United States Social Security Death Index at FamilySearch. Index only. (Free)
    • Only deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning 1962 are included, so many unrecorded deaths are not in this index.
    • several organizations have purchased this file and posted it to their web sites.
    • Name and birth date were provided by an informant and may be inaccurate; barring data entry error the other information is reliable.
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Death Records Timeline

  • 1843 Legislation, members of a family could report a death to the county. However, very few deaths were recorded and only a few scattered counties have incomplete records.
  • 1877 The State Board of Health required all deaths to be reported to the county clerk, although many were not reported because compliance was not enforced.[8]
  • 1916 death records were mandated by the state with copies sent to the state capital. Compliance to this law reached 95% by 1919.[9]
    • These may give additional information, such as the city or town of birth, the informant (who may be a close relative), and the length of residence in the state or county.
    • Sometimes burial information, the cause of death, and the names of the physician and mortician are provided.

Divorce Records

In the early 1800s, the legislature, the circuit courts, and city courts granted divorces. Illinois divorce records may indicate the date and place the marriage was dissolved. Circuit or city courts have handled most divorce proceedings. The Superior Court of Cook County in Chicago also has jurisdiction over divorces.

The actual records before and after 1962 are available in the county where the divorce occurred. Contact the county clerk of the circuit court for certified copies of dissolution of marriage records. Click here for a list of the circuit court clerks. For a fee, the Division of Vital Records can verify the dissolution of marriages after 1961 if the husband's last name is known. Some divorce records are also available from the Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD) and the Family History Library.

Adoption Records

As of 11 November 2011, Illinois adoptees born before 1946 now have immediate access to their birth certificates. Those born after 1 Jan 1946 and who are twenty-one or older may file a request to see their birth certificates. Parents of children born after 1946 must file a form if they want to keep their names confidential. If no form is filed, it is assumed that the parents will allow their names to remain on the certificate. For more information, go to the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

In many cases, children were raised by relatives or interested families without a formal adoption taking place and no official adoption records being created.

For more information, see Adoption Research for additional resources and strategies.

Start with Vital Records

It is usually best to start a vital records search using one of the online links listed above. Original records were officially recorded in the county (except for those recorded in Chicago). Links to county pages appear in the box at the end of this article. Statewide vital records are available at the following locations:

Additional Helps

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial. A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths. Other substitute records.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.

Burned, Lost, or Missing Records

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For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see the following:

Alternative Records

These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.

  • Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  • Cemetery Records: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
  • Census Records: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
  • Social Security Death Index (SSDI): The SSDI indexes deaths for those who had social security numbers and the death was reported to the Social Security Administration. Most records start in 1962.
  • Newspapers: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
  • Periodicals: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  • Military Records: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  • Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
  • History: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the FamilySearch Catalog.

More Online Illinois Vital Records Links

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Illinois County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

References

  1. http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html
  2. http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/genealogicalinfo.htm
  3. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  4. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  5. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  6. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ accessed 8 January 2011).
  7. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
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  9. Schweitzer, George K, Illinois Genealogical Research (Knoxville, TN: George K. Schweitzer, 1997)

You can learn more about state and county vital records as well as the laws of Illinois affecting them in:


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