Genealogy Research

Not all vital records are available for genealogy purpose.  Birth and death certificates can only be given out after a certain period of time.  In addition, not all records were recorded.

BIRTH CERTIFICATES
– Must be at least 75 years or older
– Records began in December, 1877

DEATH CERTIFICATES
– Must be at least 20 years or older
– Records began in December, 1877

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES
– Must be at least 50 years or older
– Records began in July 1836

CIVIL UNION CERTIFICATES
– Must be at least 50 years or older
– Records began in June 1, 2011

There are two ways to conduct a genealogical search through the Will County Clerk’s Office, by mail or visit our office in person.

TO REQUEST A GENEALOGICAL SEARCH BY MAIL
Print out the appropriate request form
– Include a copy of valid identification
– Submit the exact fee required
TO REQUEST A GENEALOGICAL SEARCH IN PERSON
– 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
– At our office you may first search our index books to determine whether or not we have your documents
– There are no genealogical searches conducted one week before and after any election
PLEASE NOTE:  You will be charged for each document search.  Search fee will be based on the type of document requested.  If a document is found, we will provide you with a certified copy.

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.

ADDITIONAL GENEALOGY INFORMATION
www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/genealogicalinfo.htm
www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/services.html
www.ilgensoc.org
www.ancestry.com
www.familysearch.org
www.genealogybuff.com
www.usgenweb.org