Clerk of Cook County

The Clerks Office acts as Clerk of the County Board and as Election authority for suburban Cook County; the office also handles birth and death records and marriage licenses, and maintains business and notary records in the Vital Records unit; the Tax Services department calculates tax rates and maintains records on delinquent parcels; The Ethics unit keeps financial disclosures of area public officials and campaign contribution reports for candidates. Voter Regristration and most Vital Records sevices are also available at satellite offices during regular hours.

For more information, visit the Cook County Clerk website at


Genealogy Records

The Genealogy Unit of the Cook County Clerk’s Bureau of Vital Records provides non-certified versions of birth, death and marriage records for the purpose of genealogical research. Records found on this site are for Chicago and Cook County dating back to 1872.

This historical record database is an exciting endeavor for the Clerk’s office. More than 6 million of the 8 million genealogy records are already searchable at: