The Illinois Marriage Records Index contains marriage records dating back to 1860 and up to the year 1905. The Illinois Marriage Records Index is a collection of 1,147,294 marriage records throughout the state of Illinois and was compiled from various Illinois State public record offices. The Illinois State Archives is an additional source of state marriage records. For more information about the Illinois State Archives and what records it holds, visit the Illinois State Archives Statewide Marriage Index .
The Illinois Marriage Records Index compiles historical marriage certificates and licenses, and unless the record was incomplete, will feature the full names of the bride and groom, as well as the marriage date and where the marriage took place.
The Illinois State Archives, in conjunction with the Illinois State Genealogical Society, created their marriage database using volunteers and staff to enter all marriage records across the state into a single marriage records index dating back to 1763 up through 1900. Marriage records are kept by each individual county clerk's office, so historical marriage certificates and licenses had to be searched and copied into the Illinois Marriage Index by county. Individuals may still obtain marriage license copies from the county clerk's office where the marriage took place. If the marriage location is uncertain, an online name search is possible through the Illinois State Archives, since marriage licenses were not restricted to the bride or groom's county of residence.
Illinois has 98 counties, but the Marriage Index is an ongoing project with 89 counties currently complete. The original Cook County marriage records prior to 1871 were destroyed in the Great Fire of Chicago, although there is an existing index, the Sam Fink Index, that contains this information transcribed from various Chicago newspapers that listed marriages and is available on microfilm.
The Illinois State Archives is also responsible for housing all records associated with all branches and departments within local and state government. There is 53,000 cubic feet of space dedicated to preserving state government records. It also holds historical records related to Illinois veterans and state military records, as well as a historical death index. The Illinois State Archives also holds indexes containing records for seven state universities.
Illinois marriage records can be viewed online through the Illinois State Archives, which allows individuals to perform searches based on the names of the groom and/or bride, as well as the county where the marriage took place. To perform this search or learn more about Illinois marriage records, visit:
Illinois State Archives Statewide Marriage Index
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Springfield, Illinois 62756
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