Genealogy Records

The Cook County Clerk’s Office Genealogy Online website is currently down for web maintenance.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

You can still request a genealogical record by mail. 

Requesting a record by mail

To obtain a genealogical record, you must:

Mail your request to:

Cook County Clerk's Office
Bureau of Vital Records
Attn: Genealogy Unit
P.O. Box 641070
Chicago, IL 60664-1070

Required Fee:
All genealogical records issued by the Clerk's office are considered non-certified documents and stamped "For Genealogical Purposes Only."  If you need certified copies for dual citizenship, please indicate on the form that you need certified copies.

Document   Cost
  Birth   $15; and $4 for each additional copy 
  Marriage   $15; and $4 for each additional copy
  Death   $17*; and $6* for each additional copy
  *Effective July 1, 2012 per PA 97-0679

If you are uncertain of the exact date of birth, marriage or death and want us to search more than one year, include $1.00 for each additional year you want searched, up to a maximum of 10 years.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding genealogy records, you may contact the Clerk’s office, at 312.603.7790 or email