Illinois Online Birth, Marriage, Death Records

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Illinois birth, marriage and death records are available online through a variety of state and local libraries, archives, and societies and through genealogy websites, such as FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com.

No single website covers all records for all counties. Some Illinois county clerks (Cook, Champaign, Lake, Kane, Kankakee) have their own genealogy websites with indexes to county records, and the option to purchase official copies.

Not all Illinois birth, marriage and death records have been indexed. An official record may exist, even if not found in the databases mentioned below.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Search these Illinois collections:

  • Illinois Statewide Birth Indexes, 1824-1940 at FamilySearch. Index only (Free)
    • 1877-1940: Most entries were indexed from microfilmed county records.
    • 1842-1872: Indexed from Illinois births, prior to act, excluding Chicago: 1842, 1849-1872, microfilmed records. See FamilySearch Catalog
    • 1824-1940: Includes entries indexed from church records or submitted by individuals.
    • 28 counties are missing from this index. For a list of counties included, see Coverage Table

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Search these Illinois 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
    • 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, 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[1]/$)
    • electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Illinois
  • Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900 at Ancestry.com. Index only. (Free[2]/$)
    • 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[3]/$)
    • 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

Death[edit | edit source]

Search these Illinois collections:

  • 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.
  • Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916 at Illinois State Archives. Index only. (Free)
    • incomplete, on-going project
    • IRAD holdings, with instructions on obtain records from them are included
    • a list of Counties and date spans currently included
    • sources include original county clerks' death records
  • 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.


  1. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  2. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  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.