MARRIAGE RECORDS IN ILLINOIS

Although the IL State Archives' web site maintains the online pre-1900 IL Marriage index - - the Archives does NOT have the actual marriage records.  HOWEVER, they DO own several LDS films of marriage records from 22 counties NOT named below.  For a listing of the county marriage records not shown below, click HERE and that listing will open in a new window.

The marriage records are county-based, and would either be available through the appropriate county clerk's office (for varying fees... some counties charge as much as $25 per record!) - OR from one of the IL Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) located at six geographically-separate Illinois state universities.

I CAN GET THE FOLLOWING MARRIAGE RECORDS through the IRAD at UIS:
   
(fee = $5.00 for first printed page; 50 cents for each additional page.

[Cook County marriage records -- click here]

County     Title     BeginDate     EndDate     IRADDep    Accession Number
[NOTE - ITEMS BELOW WITHOUT THE ENDING ACCESS # ARE NEW ACQUISITIONS BY UIS IRAD!]

BOND            MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS 1891 1916 UIS 4/0214/03
BOND            MARRIAGE LICENSES 1817 1915 UIS 4/0214/10 
BOND            MARRIAGE RECORD 1818 1889 UIS 4/0214/04
BOND            MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX  1817 1915  UIS 
CASS            MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS 1880 1902 UIS 4/0315/09
CASS            MARRIAGE LICENSES 1837 1915 UIS 4/0315/07
CASS            MARRIAGE RECORD 1882 1890 UIS 4/0315/08
CASS            MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1837 1915 UIS 4/0315/01
CHRISTIAN    MARRIAGE RECORD 1839 1921 UIS 4/0307/02
CHRISTIAN    MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1866 1924 UIS 4/0307/01
FAYETTE       MARRIAGE RECORD 1821 1964 UIS 4/0179/01
FAYETTE       MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1827 1964 UIS 4/0225/11
GREENE        MARRIAGE INDEX 1821-1981 UIS
GREENE        MARRIAGE RECORD 1821-1981 UIS
JERSEY        MARRIAGE RECORD 1839 1967 UIS 4/0194/01 
[NOTE: - These Jersey Co marriage records are ONLY indexed by the surname of the groom, and the year of marriage... if you only know the bride's name, it's an arduous search, and hourly fee will apply]

MACON         MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS 1883 1889 UIS 4/0296/07
MACON         MARRIAGE RECORD 1829 1918 UIS 4/0296/06
MACON         MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1829 1930 UIS 4/0296/05
MACOUPIN    MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS 1876 1905 UIS 4/0235/24
MACOUPIN    MARRIAGE RECORD 1829 1900 UIS 4/0235/18
MACOUPIN    MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1829 1900 UIS 4/0309/03
MASON         MARRIAGE RECORD 1841 1918 UIS 4/0310/01
MASON         MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1878 1946 UIS 4/0310/03
MENARD       MARRIAGE RECORD 1839 1932 UIS 4/0316/02
MENARD       MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1839 1907 UIS 4/0316/01
MONTGOMERY     MARRIAGE RECORD 1821 1905 UIS 4/0278/02
MONTGOMERY     MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1821 1968 UIS 4/0311/01
MORGAN         MARRIAGE RECORD 1827 1944 UIS 4/0317/08
MORGAN         MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1827 1939 UIS 4/0317/07
SANGAMON     MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS 1879 1916 UIS 4/0262/01 (incomplete)
SANGAMON     MARRIAGE LICENSES 1821 1874 UIS 4/0314/01 (incomplete)
SANGAMON     MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1821 1955 UIS 4/0275/01
SCOTT             MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS 1876 1900 UIS 4/0308/05
SCOTT             MARRIAGE LICENSES 1867 1927 UIS 4/0283/01
SCOTT             MARRIAGE RECORD 1839 1914 UIS 4/0308/03
SCOTT             MARRIAGE RECORD INDEX 1839 1945 UIS 4/0308/02

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AS to the type of info on marriage records:
the INDEX is just that - - pretty much the same as the online IL pre-1900 marriage index (but often includes marriages that took place AFTER 1900, as you can see in the above listing)

the LICENSE (often called the Certificate) is pretty - - but doesn't give much information... (bride & groom, date of marriage, name & title of the person who performed the marriage)

the RECORD - if after 1877 - gives a lot more info - (parents of the bride & groom; birthplaces, ages, current residences & occupations of bride & groom; name & title of person performing the marriage; and if AFTER 1877, also gives the location of the marriage, the names of the witnesses, and the number of marriages - including this one - for the bride & groom.)

the APPLICATION - after 1876 - gives much the same info as on the RECORD - but also (often) asked for the birthplaces of the parents of the bride & groom.

[NOTE - the RETURN  - usually only available from appropriate county clerk's offices, gives much the same information as given on the APPLICATION.]


I can only search and print from the Index pages for Cook County.  For the actual Cook County pre-1916 birth record/certificate, I highly recommend Cynthia -  her website is www.chicagogenealogy.com

page updated Jan. 21, 2008