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 Jefferson County Illinois
Courthouse Information

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Ordering Vital Records from
Jefferson County Illinois Court House

Jefferson County Illinois Courthouse

HOURS 8-5 Monday -Friday

closed on Holidays
 

COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER

100 S. 10th St.
(618) 244-8020 ROOM 105 COURT HOUSE
MT VERNON ILLINOIS 62864

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 BIRTH RECORDS begin about 1878
 DEATH RECORDS begin about 1877
MARRIAGE RECORDS go back to 1830
WILLS AND DIVORCE RECORDS are handled in Circuit Clerk's office
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BIRTH, DEATH, AND MARRIAGE INDEXES

in the custody of the county clerk prior to January 1, 1916, are the only indexes that may be viewed by the public. It is unlawful for any custodian of vital records to permit inspection of, or to disclose information contained in, vital records, or to copy or permit to be copied, all or part of any such record except as authorized by this Act or regulations adopted pursuant thereto. Any custodian who willfully and knowingly violates the provisions of Section 24 or 25 of the Act is guilty of a Class 4 felony. 


No copies of indexes can be made.

Indexes of some birth and death records are available for inspection in the Illinois State Archives reference area, Illinois Regional Archives Depositories, and other libraries. Those must first be approved by the Illinois State Registrar and the Director of the Illinois State Archives. These indexes only have births of 100 years old or older, deaths 50 years old or older, and marriage records 75 years old or older. 

If you know the date(s), the following can be issued for genealogy and must be stamped For genealogical purposes only":


Birth records - on file longer than 75 years

 Death records - on file longer than 20 years

 Marriage records - no restrictions

If these records are since January 1, 1916, you will be asked to sign a form.


FEES:
(Must accompany request - payable to Jefferson County Clerk)

PLEASE CALL FOR CURRENT FEE AMOUNT

(618) 244-8020
HOURS 8-5 Monday -Friday

closed on Holidays


By Mail - There is a search fee for each record.
If record is found a genealogy copy will be forwarded.
 

In office since 1916 & you have date(s) for genealogy copy
In office prior to 1916 and you pull record - $2 for genealogy copy
BIRTH RECORDS begin about 1878
 DEATH RECORDS begin about 1877
MARRIAGE RECORDS go back to 1830
WILLS AND DIVORCE RECORDS are handled in Circuit Clerk's office
 

CIRCUIT CLERK

Wills, Probate, and divorces as well as all court records can be
obtained from the circuit clerk.
they request that you send a SASE
with only one request per time.
They will process these request as quickly as possible.
When records have been located, they will send you information
as to the cost of copy charges.

Send request to:

Jefferson County Circuit Clerk
100 S. 10th st.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

  Per Illinois Vital Records Act and Vital. Records Code (Section 410 ILCS 535/23-25  of the Vital Records Act and Title 77 Illinois Administrative Code,  Illinois Vital Records Code, Chapter 1, subchapter e, Part 500.20, Part 500.70) 




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