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Illinois Marriage Records

Marriage Records in Illinois

Marriage records contain information about the married couple. This information includes the names of the two individuals, the date of the marriage, and the place of marriage. Some marriage records will also include the names of the mothers and fathers of the couple. Additionally, some records contain the names of the witnesses to the marriage. Some governmental marriage records contain the maiden names of the mothers as well as the place of residence of the married couple.

A marriage record should not be confused with a marriage license, a marriage announcement, or a marriage index. The marriage license is the legal document that was issued to the couple that was married. The marriage announcement is the public listing of the wedding, in most cases, in a published newspaper.

A marriage index is simply a list of the marriages within a specific location. Typically, such an index includes the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage, the name of the county in which the marriage occurred, and either the file number of the license or the volume and page name for a register listing as well as the location of the marriage record.

In Illinois, certified copies of marriage records must be obtained from the county courthouse office. It is necessary to contact the County Clerk at the local county courthouse where the records are kept. Contact 217-782-6553 for information on the record lookup fees and the cost of certified copies. Fees vary across counties. For an index of marriage records after 1962, you can contact the state office’s vital records division.

For a successful search for the marriage records that you are trying to locate, follow these steps:
1. Print or type each name and address clearly to avoid confusion. This includes the full name of both the husband and the wife. The maiden name should be included for the wife. Include nicknames and alternate spellings that may have been used, but list them as such.
2. Keep your request brief and to the point.
3. Limit your request to one marriage record.
4. Include the full address of the individuals at the time of the marriage, including street, city or town, and state. If you know the county in which the marriage took place, include that as well.
5. Include the date that the marriage occurred. If you do not know the date, include a time frame for the search. Generally, it is best to specify a short span of years for an unknown year search. You can always expand the number of years that you search, and a shorter span will lead to a shorter search. You can expect to pay an additional fee for searches such as this that require more effort.
6. Include contact information where you can be reached in the event that more information is required. Include a telephone number, fax number, or an e-mail address.
7. Include your relationship to the individuals listed in your search request.
8. Include the reason for your request.
9. Print your name clearly and sign your request. Some states may also require additional identifying information on you as well. Therefore, you may want to include your driver’s license number.
10. Include a SASE, or self addressed stamped envelope with your request for a speedier delivery.
11. Include the date that you mail your request with your correspondence.

To obtain a copy of a marriage record, contact the County Clerk in the specific county office where the marriage license was issued. Remember to provide as much accurate information as you have available on the subject of the search, sufficient contact information for yourself, and the required fee. Providing the necessary information will speed the process up considerably.

A list of the local county courthouse addresses and telephone numbers for is provided below in alphabetical order.

Division of Vital Records
Illinois Department of Public Health
605 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62702-5097

State of Illinois
Illinois State Archives
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756
Telephone: (217) 782-4682

Adams County
Adams County Recorder
507 Vermont St.
Quincy, IL 62301
Telephone: (217) 277-2158

Alexander County
Alexander County Clerk
2000 Washington Ave.
Cairo, IL 62914-1717
Telephone: (618) 734-7000

Bond County
Bond County Clerk
P.O. Box 407
Greenville, IL 62246-1088
Telephone: (618) 664-0449

Boone County
Boone County Clerk
521 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008-2708
Telephone: (815) 544-2767

Brown County
Brown County Clerk
Courthouse Bldg
200 West Court, Rm 4
Mount Sterling, IL 62353
Telephone: (217) 773-3421

Bureau County
Bureau County Clerk
P.O. Box 366
Princeton, IL 61356-0366
Telephone: (815) 875-2014

Calhoun County
Calhoun County Clerk
P.O. Box 187
Hardin, IL 62047-0187
Telephone: (618) 576-2351

Carroll County
Carroll County Clerk
P.O. Box 152
Mount Carroll, IL 61053-0152
Telephone: (815) 244-0221

Cass County
Cass County Clerk
County Courthouse
100 E. Springfield St.
Virginia, IL 62691
Telephone: (217) 452-7217

Champaign County
Champaign County Recorder
1776 E. Washington St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Telephone: (217) 384-3720

Christian County
Christian County Clerk
P.O. Box 190
Taylorville, IL 62568-0190
Telephone: (217) 824-4969

Clark County
Clark County Clerk
Courthouse
501 Archer Ave.
Marshall, IL 62441
Telephone: (217) 826-8311

Clay County
Clay County Clerk
P.O. Box 160
Louisville, IL 62858-0160
Telephone: (618) 665-3626

Clinton County
Clinton County Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 308
Carlyle, IL 62238
Telephone: (618) 594-2464

Coles County
Coles County Clerk
651 Jackson Ave., Rm 122
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 348-0501

Cook County
Cook County Clerk
P.O. Box 642570
Chicago, IL 60664-2570
Telephone: (312) 603-7790

Crawford County
Crawford County Clerk
P.O. Box 602
Robinson, IL 62454-0602
Telephone: (618) 546-1212

Cumberland County
Cumberland County Clerk
P.O. Box 146
Toledo, IL 62468-0146
Telephone: (217) 849-3871

DeKalb County
DeKalb County Clerk
110 E. Sycamore St.
Sycamore, IL 60178-1448
Telephone: (815) 895-9161

De Witt County
De Witt County Clerk
P.O. Box 439
Clinton, IL 61727-0439
Telephone: (217) 935-2119

Douglas County
Douglas County Clerk
P.O. Box 467
Tuscola, IL 61953-0067
Telephone: (217) 253-2411

DuPage County
DuPage County Clerk
421 North County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187-3978
Telephone: (630) 682-7035

Edgar County
Edgar County Clerk
115 West Court, Room J
Paris, IL 61944
Telephone: (217) 466-7433

Edgar County
Edgar County Clerk
Courthouse, 50 E. Main Street.
Albion, IL 62806
Telephone: (618) 445-2115

Edwards County
Edwards County Courthouse Clerk and Recorder
50 E. Main St.
Albion, IL 62806
Telephone: (618) 445-2115

Effingham County
Effingham County Clerk
P.O. Box 628
Effingham, IL 62401-0628
Telephone: (217) 342-6535

Fayette County
Fayette County Clerk
221 South Seventh Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Telephone: (618) 283-5000

Ford County
Ford County Office of County Clerk and Recorder
IDPH Registrar of Vital Records
Room 101 Courthouse
200 West State Street
Paxton, IL 60957
Telephone: (217) 379-2721

Franklin County
Franklin County Clerk
202 W. Main
Benton, IL 62918
Telephone: (618) 438-3221

Fulton County
Fulton County Clerk
100 North Main
Lewistown, IL 61542-1409
Telephone: (309) 547-3041

Gallatin County
Gallatin County Clerk
P.O. Box 550
Shawneetown, IL 62984
Telephone: (618) 269-3025

Green County
Green County Clerk
519 N. Main St.
Carrollton, IL 62016
Telephone: (217) 942-5443

Grundy County
Grundy County Clerk
P.O. Box 675
Morris, IL 60450-2268
Telephone: (815) 942-9024

Hamilton County
Hamilton County Clerk
100 S. Jackson Street
McLeansboro, IL 62859
Telephone: (618) 643-2721

Hancock County
Hancock County Clerk and Recorder
Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 39
Carthage, IL 62321
Telephone: (217) 357-3911

Hardin County
Hardin County Clerk
Main St.
P.O. Box 187
Elizabethtown, IL 62931
Telephone: (618) 287-2251
Henderson County
Henderson County Clerk
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 308
Oquawka, IL 61469
Telephone: (309) 867-2911

Henry County
Henry County Clerk
Courthouse
Cambridge, IL 61238
Telephone: (309) 937-2426

Iroquois County
Iroquois County Clerk
550 South Tenth
Watseka, IL 60970-1810
Telephone: (815) 432-6960

Jackson County
Jackson County Clerk
1001 Walnut St.
Murphysboro, IL 62966-2194
Telephone: (618) 687-7360

Jasper County
Jasper County Clerk
100 W. Jordan St.
Newton, IL 62448-1973
Telephone: (618) 783-3124

Jefferson County
Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder
100 S 10th St
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Telephone: (618) 244-8020

Jersey County
Jersey County Clerk
201 W. Pearl St.
Jerseyville, IL 62052-1675
Telephone: (618) 498-5571

Jo Daviess County
Jo Daviess County Clerk
330 N. Bench St.
Galena, IL 61036
Telephone: (815) 777-0161

Johnson County
Johnson County Clerk
400 Court Sq
PO Box 96
Vienna, IL 62995
Telephone: (618) 658-3611

Kane County
Kane County Clerk
Vital Records
719 S. Batavia Ave, Building B
Geneva, IL 60134
Telephone: (630) 232-5950

Kankakee County
Kankakee County Clerk
189 E. Court St.
Kankakee, IL 60901
Telephone: (815) 939-8836

Kendall County
Kendall County Clerk
111 W. Fox St.
Yorkville, IL 60560
Telephone: (630) 553-4104

Knox County
Knox County Clerk
200 S. Cherry St.
Galesburg, IL 61401- 4912
Telephone: (309) 345-3121

Lake County
Lake County Clerk
18 N. County St.
Waukegan, IL 60085-4364
Telephone: (847) 360-6670

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LaSalle County
LaSalle County Clerk
707 E. Etna Rd County Government Center
Ottawa, IL 61350
Telephone: (815) 434-8202

Lawrence County
Lawrence County Clerk
County Courthouse
1100 State Street
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
Telephone: (618) 943-2346

Lee County
Lee County Clerk and Recorder
P.O. Box 329
Dixon, IL 61021
Telephone: (815) 288-3309

Livingston County
Livingston County Vital Records
112 W. Madison
Pontiac, IL 61764
Telephone: (815) 844-2006

Logan County
Logan County Clerk
P.O. Box 278
Lincoln, IL 62656-
Telephone: (217) 732-4148

Macon County
Macon County Clerk
141 S. Main St., Room 104
Decatur, IL 62523-1488
Telephone: (217) 424-1305

Macoupin County
Macoupin County Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 107
Carlinville, IL 62626
Telephone: (217) 854-3214

Madison County
Madison County Clerk
157 N. Main Street, Ste 109
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Telephone: (618) 692-7030

Marion County
Marion County Clerk and Recorder
101 E. Broadway, P.O. Box 637
Salem, IL 62881-0637
Telephone: (618) 548-3400

Marshall County
Marshall County Clerk
122 North Prairie
Lacon, IL 61540-1216
Telephone: (309) 246-6325

Mason County
Mason County Clerk
P.O. Box 90
100 North Broadway
Havana, IL 62644-0090
Telephone: (309) 543-6661

Massac County
Massac County Clerk
P.O. Box 429
Metropolis, IL 62960-0429
Telephone: (618) 524-5213

McDonough County
McDonough County Clerk's Office
County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Macomb, IL 61455
Telephone: (309) 833-2474

McHenry County
McHenry County Clerk
2200 N. Seminary Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098
Telephone: (815) 334-4242

McLean County
McLean County Clerk
Rm 102 Court House
Bloomington, IL 61702
Telephone: (309) 888-5190

Menard County
Menard County Clerk
P.O. Box 465
Petersburg, IL 62675
Telephone: (217) 632-2415

Mercer County
Mercer County Clerk
100 SE 3rd
Aledo, IL 61231
Telephone: (309) 582-7021

Monroe County
Monroe County Clerk
100 S. Main St.
Waterloo, IL 62298-1322
Telephone: (618) 939-8681

Montgomery County
Montgomery County Clerk and Recorder
c/o The Original Courthouse
#1 Courthouse Square
Hillsboro, IL 62049-1196
Telephone: (217) 532-9530

Morgan County
Morgan County Clerk
300 West State Street
Jacksonville, IL 62650-2061
Telephone: (217) 243-8581

Moultrie County
Moultrie County Clerk
10 S. Main St., Suite #6
Sullivan, IL 61951
Telephone: (217) 728-4389

Ogle County
Ogle County Clerk
4th & Washington Streets
P.O. Box 357
Oregon, IL 61061
Telephone: (815) 732-1110

Peoria County
Peoria County Clerk
324 Main St. Rm 101
Peoria, IL 61602
Telephone: (309) 672-6059

Perry County
Perry County Clerk and Recorder
P.O. Box 438
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Telephone: (618) 357-5116

Piatt County
Piatt County Clerk Recorder
101 W. Washington St., P.O. Box 558
Monticello, IL 61856
Telephone: (217) 762-9487

Pike County
Pike County Courthouse Clerk
100 E. Washington St.
Pittsfield, IL 62363
Telephone: (217) 285-6812

Pope County
Pope County Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 216
Golconda, IL 62938-0216
Telephone: (618) 683-4466

Pulaski County
Pulaski County Clerk
P.O. Box 218
Mound City, IL 62963-0218
Telephone: (618) 748-9360

Putnam County
Putnam County Clerk
120 N. 4th St., P.O. Box 236
Hennepin, IL 61327
Telephone: (815) 925-7129

Randolph County
Randolph County Clerk
1 Taylor Street, Rm. 202
Chester, IL 62233
Telephone: (618) 826-2712

Richland County
Richland County Clerk
Courthouse
103 W. Main St.
Olney, IL 62450
Telephone: (618) 392-3111

Rock Island County
Rock Island County Clerk's Office
1504 3rd Ave.
Rock Island, IL 61201
Telephone: (309) 558-3570

Saint Clair County
Saint Clair County Clerk
10 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62220-1623
Telephone: (618) 277-6600

Saline County
Saline County Clerk
Courthouse
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Telephone: (618) 253-7641

Sangamon County
Sangamon County Clerk
200 S. 9th St. Rm. 101
Springfield, IL 62701
Telephone: (217) 753-6700

Schuyler County
Schuyler County Clerk
P.O. Box 200
Rushville, IL 62681
Telephone: (217) 322-4734

Scott County
Scott County Clerk
35 E. Market
Winchester, IL 62694
Telephone: (217) 742-3178

Shelby County
Shelby County Clerk
County Courthouse
301 E. Main St., P.O. Box 230
Shelbyville, IL 62565
Telephone: (217) 774-4421

Stark County
Stark County Clerk
130 W. Main, P.O. Box 97
Toulon, IL 61483-0097
Telephone: (309) 286-5911

Stephenson County
Stephenson County Circuit Clerk
15 N. Galena Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032-4348
Telephone: (815) 235-8289

Tazewell County
Tazewell County Clerk
Fourth and Court Streets
Pekin, IL 61554
Telephone: (309) 477-2264

Union County
Union County Clerk
P.O. Box H
Jonesboro, IL 62952
Telephone: (618) 833-5913

Vermilion County
Vermilion County Clerk
Courthouse Annex
6 N. Vermilion St.
Danville, IL 61832-5842
Telephone: (217) 431-2605

Wabash County
Wabash County Clerk
4th & Market St., P.O. Box 277
Mount Carmel, IL 62863
Telephone: (618) 262-4561

Warren County
Warren County Courthouse
County Clerk and Recorder
100 W. Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462-1797
Telephone: (309) 734-8592
Washington County
Washington County Clerk
101 E. St. Louis Street
Nashville, IL 62263
Telephone: (618) 327-3612

Wayne County
Wayne County Clerk
301 E. Main St., P.O. Box 187
Fairfield, IL 62837
Telephone: (618) 842-5182

White County
White County Clerk
301 E. Main St., P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821
Telephone: (618) 382-7211

Whiteside County
Whiteside County Clerk
200 E. Knox St.
Morrison, IL 61270
Telephone: (815) 772-5189

Will County
Will County Clerk
Will County Office Building
302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Telephone: (815) 740-4638

Williamson County
Williamson County Clerk
200 W. Jefferson St.
Marion, IL 62959-3061
Telephone: (618) 997-1301

Winnebago County
Winnebago County Clerk
404 Elm St., Room #103
Rockford, IL 61101
Telephone: (815) 987-3050

Woodford County
Woodford County Clerk
115 N. Main
Eureka, IL 61530-1293
Telephone: (309) 467-2822
 

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