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:
- Fill out and sign a Genealogical Request Form*.
- Pay the required fee (noted below).
- Include the following items:
- a completed Genealogy Request Form
- a check or money order payable to the Cook County Clerk
- a self-addressed stamped envelope
Mail your request to:
Cook County Clerk's Office
Bureau of Vital Records
Attn: Genealogy Unit
P.O. Box 641070
Chicago, IL 60664-1070
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.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org