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Uncertified copies of birth certificates for genealogical purposes are available to individuals, who may not otherwise be entitled to receive a certified copy, upon completion of the Application for Search of Birth Record Files (see FORMS in the right-hand column), if the person's date of birth precedes the current date by 75 years or more. Eligibility will be determined upon receipt and review of the documentation submitted. You can also contact the county clerk in the county where the birth occurred (see RESOURCES in the right-hand column and click on List of County Clerks)
Uncertified, genealogical copies of death records of persons who died more than 20 years ago, but not before 1916, may be requested either from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records or from the county clerk in the county where the death occurred (see RESOURCES in the right-hand column and click on List of County Clerks).
Uncertified, genealogical copies of death records of persons filed before 1916 may be obtained from the county clerk in the county where the death occurred (List of County Clerks) or from Illinois Regional Archives Depository System if it holds death records for that particular county (see RESOURCES in the right-hand column and click on List of County Clerks)
If you do not find what you are looking for, additional links may be found under RESOURCES in the right-hand column.
- Illinois Regional Archives Depository System
- List of County Clerks
- List of Circuit Court Clerks
- Genealogy in the Illinois State Archives
- National Archives and Records Genealogy Page
- Other Federal Agency Websites with Useful Genealogy Information
- U.S. Railroad Retirement Board and Genealogical Info After 1936
- Genealogical Research for Native Americans
- Afro-American Genealogical Research
- National Park Service Historical and Genealogical Websites
- Library of Congress - Guides to Genealogical Research