Friday, July 04, 2008

Chicago and Cook County Vital Records Now Online

The Cook County, Illinois Clerk's Office has a new website where you can obtain online copies of Cook County and Chicago birth certificates 75 years or older, marriage licenses 50 years or older, and death certificates 20 years or older. You may search the database for free, but payment is required to download copies of the records. The records begin circa 1872. Cook County vital records before that were destroyed in the Chicago fire of 1871. Not all of the records have been posted online yet, but more are being added.

See: Cook County Genealogy: Vital Records - Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

Also helpful: Online Chicago and Cook County Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Thanks to Anita for letting me know when these went online.


Taneya said...

I am so glad this is finally available! Thank you for letting us know!

Virginia Travis said...

I was quite pleased to see that the site was up and selling. Last evening my husband purchased a certificate that I "begged" for but the certificate they provided was the incorrect file number. He immediately notified them of the error, but we haven't heard anything yet. Hopefully, this is a fluke and it is a successful undertaking.