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[IL] Cook County vital records online

The following information is per the Cook County Genealogy web site:

Cook County Genealogy
The Genealogy Unit of the Cook County Clerk's Bureau of Vital Records provides non-certified versions of birth, death and marriage records for the purpose of genealogical research. Records found on this site are for Chicago and Cook County dating back to 1872.

This historical record database is an exciting endeavor for the Clerk’s office. More than 6 million of the 8 million genealogy records are already searchable. And we will continue to add more as we bring our database up to date.

The state of Illinois requires that vital records are filed with county clerks. However, it is possible that a birth, death or marriage occurred and no official record was filed with the county clerk.

There are eight million genealogy records in the Cook County Bureau of Vital Records. Records are added to the database frequently. If your record does not appear, check back again.

Please note, the Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871 destroyed all Cook County vital records prior to that date. After some rebuilding, record keeping resumed in 1872.

Under Illinois law, genealogical vital records are defined as:

Birth certificates that are 75 years or older (before today's date in 1933);
Marriage certificates that are 50 years or older (before today's date in 1958);
Death certificates that are 20 years or older (before today's date in 1988).

Please to note: One has to register to utilize the web site. Though not confirmed, there appears to be a $15 fee per non-certified record


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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