Earliest Records in IL County Courthouses

The following table provides the list of counties and the year in which the first records became available.

Compiled by the Staff of the Illinois Regional Archives

CountyMarriageBirthDeathProbateDeedsCourtCounty BoardOrganizedCounty Seat
Adams18251877187718261817182518251825*Quincy
Alexander18191877187818191818182118191819Cairo
Bond18171877187718211817181718171817Greenville
Boone18381877187718401838183818361837Belvidere
Brown18391878187818391817183718391839*Mt Sterling
Bureau18371878187818371817183718371837Princeton
Calhoun18251878187818331825182518251825Hardin
Carroll18391877187718391837183718391839Mt Carroll
Cass18371878187418371826183718371837Virginia
Champaign18331878187818331833183618331833Urbana
Christian18391877187718391828183918391839Taylorville
Clark18191865186518201816182118331819*Marshall
Clay18251877187718271825182518251824Louisville
Clinton18251877187718251818182518251824Carlyle
Coles18311878187718301830183118321830Charleston
Cook18561871187118501871187118711831*Chicago
Crawford18171877187718181816181718171816Robinson
Cumberland18801885184418841885188518851841*Greenup
DeKalb18371877187818371838183818371837Sycamore
DeWitt18391877187818391828183918391839Clinton
Douglas18591877187718591830185918591859Tuscola
DuPage18391877187718391835183918391839Wheaton
Edgar18231877187718231823182318231823Paris
Edwards18151877187718151815181518151814Albion
Effingham18331877187718381833183318331832Effingham
Fayette18211860187718211816182118211821Vandalia
Ford18591878187818591834185918591859Paxton
Franklin18351877187718371835183618461818*Benton
Fulton18241878187818271817182418291823Lewistown
Gallatin18131878187818141813181318071812*Shawneetown
Greene18211877187718211821182118211821Carrollton
Grundy18411876187818411832183718411841Morris
Hamilton18211878187818211823182118211821McLeansboro
Hancock18291877187818301817182918291829Carthage
Hardin18841884188418841814187818841839*Elizabethtown
Henderson18411877187818391818184118411841Oquawka
Henry18371877187718391836183718371837Cambridge
Iroquois18661878187818341834183418671833*Watseka
Jackson18431877187718401814184318231816*Murphysboro
Jasper18351877187718351835183518351834Newton
Jefferson18191877187718201816181918191819Mt Vernon
Jersey18391878187718391822183918391839Jerseyville
JoDaviess18301877187718281828182718271827Galena
Johnson18351878187818211809181218131812Vienna
Kane18361877187718361836183618361836*Geneva
Kankakee18531877187718531832185318531853Kankakee
Kendall18351877187718471839184118421841Yorkville
Knox18371877187718301818183618301830Galesburg
Lake18391877187718391839184018391839Waukegan
LaSalle18311868187018311831183118311831Ottawa
Lawrence18211878187818211818182018211821Lawrenceville
Lee18391877187718391838184018391839Dixon
Livingston18371877187818371835183918371837Pontiac
Logan18571878187818551829185718671839*Lincoln
Macon18291877187718311827182918291829Decatur
Macoupin18291877187718291829182918291829Carlinville
Madison18131858187718131802180318131812Edwardsville
Marion18231877187718231819182318231823Salem
Marshall18391870187718391839184018391839Lacon
Mason18411878187718411827184118411841Havana
Massac18431877187718431843184318431843Metropolis
McDonough18301870187018331817183018311830Macomb
McHenry18371877187718401838183818371836Woodstock
McLean18311877187718311831183118311830*Bloomington
Menard18391877187718391821183918331839Petersburg
Mercer18351877187718371834183618351835Aledo
Monroe18161877187818201816181618161816Waterloo
Montgomery18211862187718211819182118211821Hillsboro
Morgan18271851185118241824182818271823*Jacksonville
Moultrie18431877187718451831184918431843*Sullivan
Ogle18371878187818361836183718371837Oregon
Peoria18251878187718251818182518251825Peoria
Perry18271845187818281817182718271827Pinckneyville
Piatt18411877187718431840184118431841Monticello
Pike18271876187718211818181918211821*Pittsfield
Pope18131877187718161816181718161816Golconda
Pulaski18611882188218621843185718731843*Mound City
Putnam18311877187718311831183118311831Hennepin
Randolph17241877187717221724172217951795Chester
Richland18411877187718411836184218411841Olney
Rock Island18331861187718351835183418331833Rock Island
Saline18451877187818471817184818471847Harrisburg
Sangamon18211877187718211822182118211821Springfield
Schuyler18251877187718251817182518251825Rushville
Scott18391877187718391823183918391839Winchester
Shelby18271877187718311827182718601827*Shelbyville
Stark18391877187718391817183918391839Toulon
St. Clair17631830184317721786177817901790Belleville
Stephenson18371878187818371837183718371837Freeport
Tazewell18271878187818271824182718271827Pekin
Union18181867187718181818181818181818Jonesboro
Vermilion18261877187718261826182618261826Danville
Wabash18571877187718511857185718251824*Mt Carmel
Warren18311877187518301800183218301830Monmouth
Washington18311877187718181815181818181818Nashville
Wayne18591870188618861865181918861819*Fairfield
White18161877187718161816181618161815Carmi
Whiteside18571877187718391838183818391839Morrison
Will18361877187718371835183618361836Joliet
Williamson18391877187718391818184018391839Marion
Winnebago18381877187718371836183618361836Rockford
Woodford18411877187718411831184118411841Eureka
*Counties with records losses by fire, flood, or other disasters.


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