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[IL] Cook County vital records online
The following information is per the Cook County Genealogy web site:
Cook County Genealogy
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);
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