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.