The Cook County Clerk's office provides non-certified copies of vital records for the purpose of genealogical research.
Under Illinois law, genealogical records are defined as:
- Birth certificates older than 75 years.
- Marriage certificates older than 50 years.
- Death certificates older than 20 years.
All genealogical records issued by the Clerk's office are considered non-certified documents and stamped "For Genealogical Purposes Only."
Please note, the Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871 destroyed all county vital records prior to that date.