Illinois Marriage Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search Illinois marriage records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Illinois marriage records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain Illinois marriage certificates is available below.

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Illinois marriage records

Marriage records contain information about the marriage of two people, including the date of marriage, place of marriage, sometimes the names of the mothers and fathers, and even the people who witnessed the marriage. Marriage certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residences, and perhaps even the maiden names of the mothers.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Illinois marriage records, Illinois marriage licenses, Illinois marriage indexes, Illinois marriage announcements, and other related Illinois genealogy records.

Marriage records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the marriage takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store marriage records into various online archives. This has brought access to online marriage records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of marriages, and in addition to marriage certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing marriage records of Illinois. We also suggest searching for "Illinois marriage records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain Illinois Marriage Certificates

Birth and death records in Illinois were kept on a statewide basis from January 1, 1916. Some records are found in the individual counties as early as 1871, and occasionally earlier. Marriage records continue to be kept on a county level for most areas, though the state has kept an index to these records since 1962. For births and deaths prior to 1916, and marriage records prior to 1962, write to the clerk in the county of question. For birth and death records after 1916, and marriages after 1962, write:

Illinois State Vital Records
Office Division of Vital Records
605 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62702-5097

For prior records, contact the clerk of the county in question.

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