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ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES


Genealogical Research Research at the Illinois State Archives

Birth Records

Most Illinois counties did not begin recording births until 1877. Birth records prior to 1916 were recorded only by county clerks. Beginning in 1916 county clerks and the Department of Public Health jointly maintained birth records. The Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system holds birth records for many counties in Illinois. Search the IRAD local governmental records database for the term birth to get a listing of all birth records held by IRAD. Researchers may contact the county clerk's office in the county where the birth occurred if IRAD does not have birth records for that county. For births after 1915, researchers also may contact the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records.

Census Records

Please provide the individual's name and date(s) of the census; county and, if known, township of residence and spouse's and children's names, ages, and birthplaces. Copies of original census entries will be provided.

Death Records

The Archives has records of deaths recorded in special census schedules and death records maintained by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records. The Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system has death records, including those prior to 1916, for many counties. If you are unable to visit the Illinois State Archives Reference Room for death certificates after 1915, please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health or the county clerk's office of the county where the death occurred. In compliance with current legislation, the Illinois Department of Public Health and county clerks shall furnish for genealogical purposes certified or uncertified photocopies of death records not less than 20 years old at a specified fee (410 Illinois Compiled Statutes 535/25).

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Land Sale Records

The Archives has compiled the Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database of more than 500,000 first sales of the public domain by the federal government to individuals (R.G. 952.000). Subsequent sales of land are recorded in deed records. The Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system does hold deed records for many counties in Illinois. Search the IRAD local governmental records database for the term deed to get a listing of all deed records held by IRAD. Contact the county recorder's office in the county where the land was bought or sold if IRAD does not have deed records for that county. More

Marriage Records

You may electronically search the marriage index. The Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system also holds marriage records for many counties in Illinois. Search the IRAD local governmental records database for the term marriage for a listing of all marriage records held by IRAD. Contact the county clerk's office in the county where the marriage occurred if IRAD does not have marriage records for that county.

Military Service Records

Please provide the veteran's complete name; the conflict served in; residence, birthplace or place of enlistment; regiment and/or company; and rank. Photocopies of requested entries found on the military rolls will be provided.

World War I Draft Registration Records

Please provide the registrant's full name along with his county and date of residence. For Chicago registrants, please also provide a street address.

Veterans' Homes, Pension, and Burial Records

Please provide the veteran's name, war of service, name or number of unit and state of residence.

Federal pension records are held for Revolutionary War Veterans (1800–1900) (R.S. 955.001) as well as an index to War of 1812 pensioners (1871–1900) (R.S. 955.002). An online database of veterans buried in Illinois prior to 1929 is available by consulting the 1929 Roll of Honor. Honor Roll of Veterans Buried in Illinois, (1774–1955), is available only through microfilm indexes.

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