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FamilySearch Indexing: US, Illinois County Marriages 1810 - 1934

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Information about these records[edit | edit source]

Illinois County Marriages (10-0087) (10-0113) Example 1 DGS 4539312 72.jpg
Illinois County Marriages (10-0087) (10-0113) Example 2 DGS 4539320 40.jpg
Illinois County Marriages (10-0087) (10-0113) Example 3 DGS 4539811 592.jpg

Genealogical facts usually found in Illinois marriage records are:

  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Ages of the bride and groom
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of the officiator who performed the marriage
  • Officiator’s title
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • License date and number
  • Recording date

Illinois marriage records included marriage registers and marriage licenses. Sometimes only one type of marriage record was preserved. Early county marriage records were handwritten into bound books with multiple entries to a page. These records provided little more than the date of marriage, names of the bride and groom, and the person who performed the marriage.

By the mid-1800s the counties had preprinted register books. Starting in 1877, marriage register books provided columns for ages, residences, birth places, and sometimes the names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom.

The records in this collection are for 57 counties in Illinois. The type of record and the time period will vary by counties. Some counties also have a few birth records mixed in with the marriages.

*This project is recommended for volunteers who are familiar with the indexing process and comfortable using various system features. It is also helpful if volunteers understand the various documents that relate to marriages.

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