The indexes for birth, death and marriage records dated prior to January 1, 1916 may be viewed by the general public. Copies of birth records on file for at least 75 years and death records on file for at least 20 years are available for purchase. Applications for Marriage License on file for at least 50 years are available for purchase.
In Will County, the recording of birth and death records began in December, 1877. Marriage licenses started to be recorded in July 1836. Civil Unions began June 1, 2011 However this does not imply that all records were recorded.
There are two ways to conduct a genealogical search through the Will County Clerk’s Office. You may request records by mail or visit our office in person.
To request a genealogical search by mail, please complete the form located on our web site and submit the required fee (exact amount) to compensate us for our research services.
If you visit our office in person, please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to conduct as much research as possible before arriving. The more accurate information you provide regarding names, dates and locations, the easier the search will be. When you arrive at our office, you may first search our index books to determine whether or not we have your documents.
You will be charged for each document searched. Search fee will be based on the type of document requested. If a document is found, we will provide you with a certified copy.
When visiting our office, please keep in mind that if you arrive between Noon and 2 p.m. when staffing is limited or after 4 p.m., you will be asked to complete a search form, and we will honor your request as promptly as possible. Also, due to the fact that The Will County Clerk is the Chief Election Authority and is responsible for administering elections throughout Will County, there are no genealogical searches conducted one week before and after any election.
The clerk’s office recommends you NOT use VitalChek for your genealogical research due to the additional fees required and the possibility the record is not available.
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