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This is a list of the earliest records in the various county courthouses in Illinois.  The list was compiled by IRAD staff. There's at least one error on the list (Greenup is not the county seat of Cumberland county - Toledo is.  I've changed it accordingly. Also, Cumberland County's death record availability looks suspicious.)  The little asterik next to the dates under "Org" (which stands for the date the county was organized) means that the county suffered record loss through fire, flood or other disaster.

All County pages linked here do contain raw data to help you with your research.  For addresses and cost information for county records, visit this site:  Vital Records
 

 

Marriage

Birth

Death

Probate

Deeds

Court

Co. Board

Org.

County Seat

ADAMS

1825

1877

1877

1826

1817

1825

1825

1825*

Quincy

ALEXANDER

1819

1877

1878

1819

1818

1821

1819

1819

Cairo

Bond

1817

1877

1877

1821

1817

1817

1817

1817

Greenville

BOONE

1838

1877

1877

1840

1838

1838

1836

1837

Belvidere

Brown

1839

1878

1878

1839

1817

1837

1839

1839*

Mt Sterling

BUREAU

1837

1878

1878

1837

1817

1837

1837

1837

Princeton

Calhoun

1825

1878

1878

1833

1825

1825

1825

1825

Hardin

CARROLL

1839

1877

1877

1839

1837

1837

1839

1839

Mt Carroll

CASS

1837

1878

1874

1837

1826

1837

1837

1837

Virginia

Champaign

1833

1878

1878

1833

1833

1836

1833

1833

Urbana

Christian

1839

1877

1877

1839

1828

1839

1839

1839

Taylorville

CLARK

1819

1865

1865

1820

1816

1821

1833

1819*

Marshall

Clay

1825

1877

1877

1827

1825

1825

1825

1824

Louisville

Clinton

1825

1877

1877

1825

1818

1825

1825

1824

Carlyle

COLES

1831

1878

1877

1830

1830

1831

1832

1830

Charleston

COOK

1856

1871

1871

1850

1871

1871

1871

1831*

Chicago

CRAWFORD

1817

1877

1877

1818

1816

1817

1817

1816

Robinson

CUMBERLAND

1880

1885

1844

1884

1885

1885

1885

1843*

Toledo

DEKALB

1837

1877

1878

1837

1838

1838

1837

1837

Sycamore

DeWitt

1839

1877

1878

1839

1828

1839

1839

1839

Clinton

DOUGLAS

1859

1877

1877

1859

1830

1859

1859

1859

Tuscola

Dupage

1839

1877

1877

1839

1835

1839

1839

1839

Wheaton

EDGAR

1823

1877

1877

1823

1823

1823

1823

1823

Paris

Edwards

1815

1877

1877

1815

1815

1815

1815

1814

Albion

EFFINGHAM

1833

1877

1877

1838

1833

1833

1833

1832

Effingham

Fayette

1821

1860

1877

1821

1816

1821

1821

1821

Vandalia

FORD

1859

1878

1878

1859

1834

1859

1859

1859

Paxton

FRANKLIN

1835

1877

1877

1837

1835

1836

1846

1818*

Benton

Fulton

1824

1878

1878

1827

1817

1824

1829

1823

Lewistown

GALLATIN

1813

1878

1878

1814

1813

1813

1807

1812*

Shawneetown

Greene

1821

1877

1877

1821

1821

1821

1821

1821

Carrollton

Grundy

1841

1876

1878

1841

1832

1837

1841

1841

Morris

HAMILTON

1821

1878

1878

1821

1823

1821

1821

1821

McLeansboro

Hancock

1829

1877

1878

1830

1817

1829

1829

1829

Carthage

HARDIN

1884

1884

1884

1884

1814

1878

1884

1839*

Elizabethtown

Henderson

1841

1877

1878

1839

1818

1841

1841

1841

Oquawka

HENRY

1837

1877

1877

1839

1836

1837

1837

1837

Cambridge

Iroquois

1866

1878

1878

1834

1834

1834

1867

1833*

Watseka

JACKSON 

1843

1877

1877

1840

1814

1843

1823

1816*

Murphysboro

JASPER

1835

1877

1877

1835

1835

1835

1835

1834

Newton

JEFFERSON

1819

1877

1877

1820

1816

1819

1819

1819

Mt. Vernon

Jersey

1839

1878

1877

1839

1822

1839

1839

1839

Jerseyville

JODAVIESS

1830

1877

1877

1828

1828

1827

1827

1827

Galena

JOHNSON

1835

1878

1878

1821

1809

1812

1813

1812

Vienna

KANE

1836

1877

1877

1836

1836

1836

1836

1836*

Geneva

KANKAKEE

1853

1877

1877

1853

1832

1853

1853

1853

Kankakee

KENDALL

1835

1877

1877

1847

1839

1841

1842

1841

Yorkville

KNOX

1830

1877

1877

1830

1818

1836

1830

1830

Galesburg

Lake

1839

1877

1877

1839

1839

1840

1839

1839

Waukegan

LASALLE

1831

1868

1870

1831

1831

1831

1831

1831

Ottawa

Lawrence

1821

1878

1878

1821

1818

1820

1821

1821

Lawrenceville

LEE

1839

1877

1877

1839

1838

1840

1839

1839

Dixon

Livingston

1837

1877

1878

1837

1835

1839

1837

1837

Pontiac

Logan

1857

1878

1878

1855

1829

1857

1867

1839*

Lincoln

McDONOUGH

1830

1870

1870

1833

1817

1830

1831

1830

Macomb

MCHENRY

1837

1877

1877

1840

1838

1838

1837

1836

Woodstock

McLean

1831

1877

1877

1831

1831

1831

1831

1830*

Bloomington

MACON

1829

1877

1877

1831

1827

1829

1829

1829

Decatur

MACOUPIN

1829

1877

1877

1829

1829

1829

1829

1829

Carlinville

MADISON

1813

1858

1877

1813

1802

1803

1813

1812

Edwardsville

Marion

1823

1877

1877

1823

1819

1823

1823

1823

Salem

MARSHALL

1839

1870

1877

1839

1839

1840

1839

1839

Lacon

Mason

1841

1878

1877

1841

1827

1841

1841

1841

Havana

MASSAC

1843

1877

1877

1843

1843

1843

1843

1843

Metropolis

MENARD

1839

1877

1877

1839

1821

1839

1833

1839

Petersburg

Mercer

1835

1877

1877

1837

1834

1836

1835

1835

Aledo

MONROE

1816

1877

1878

1820

1816

1816

1816

1816

Waterloo

Montgomery

1821

1862

1877

1821

1819

1821

1821

1821

Hillsboro

MORGAN

1827

1851

1851

1824

1824

1828

1827

1823*

Jacksonville

MOULTRIE

1843

1877

1877

1845

1831

1849

1843

1843*

Sullivan

Ogle

1837

1878

1878

1836

1836

1837

1837

1837

Oregon

PEORIA

1825

1878

1877

1825

1818

1825

1825

1825

Peoria

PERRY

1827

1845

1878

1828

1817

1827

1827

1827

Pinckneyville

Piatt

1841

1877

1877

1843

1840

1841

1843

1841

Monticello

PIKE

1827

1876

1877

1821

1818

1819

1821

1821*

Pittsfield

POPE

1813

1877

1877

1816

1816

1817

1816

1816

Golconda

PULASKI

1861

1882

1882

1862

1843

1857

1873

1843*

Mound City

PUTNAM

1831

1877

1877

1831

1831

1831

1831

1831

Hennepin

RANDOLPH

1724

1877

1877

1722

1724

1722

1795

1795

Chester

RICHLAND

1841

1877

1877

1841

1836

1842

1841

1841

Olney

ROCK ISLAND

1833

1861

1877

1835

1835

1834

1833

1833

Rock Island

ST. CLAIR

1763

1830

1843

1772

1786

1778

1790

1790

Belleville

SALINE

1845

1877

1878

1847

1817

1848

1847

1847

Harrisburg

SANGAMON

1821

1877

1877

1821

1822

1821

1821

1821

Springfield

SCHUYLER

1825

1877

1877

1825

1817

1825

1825

1825

Rushville

Scott

1839

1877

1877

1839

1823

1839

1839

1839

Winchester

SHELBY

1827

1877

1877

1831

1827

1827

1860

1827*

Shelbyville

STARK

1839

1877

1877

1839

1817

1839

1839

1839

Toulon

Stephenson

1837

1878

1878

1837

1837

1837

1837

1837

Freeport

TAZEWELL

1827

1878

1878

1827

1824

1827

1827

1827

Pekin

UNION 

1818

1867

1877

1818

1818

1818

1818

1818

Jonesboro

VERMILION

1826

1877

1877

1826

1826

1826

1826

1826

Danville

Wabash

1857

1877

1877

1851

1857

1857

1825

1824*

Mt. Carmel

Warren

1831

1877

1875

1830

1800

1832

1830

1830

Monmouth

WASHINGTON

1831

1877

1877

1818

1815

1818

1818

1818

Nashville

Wayne

1859

1870

1886

1886

1865

1819

1886

1819*

Fairfield

WHITE

1816

1877

1877

1816

1816

1816

1816

1815

Carmi

WHITESIDE

1857

1877

1877

1839

1838

1838

1839

1839

Morrison

WILL

1836

1877

1877

1837

1835

1836

1836

1836

Joliet

WILLIAMSON

1839

1877

1877

1839

1818

1840

1839

1839*

Marion

Winnebago

1836

1877

1877

1837

1836

1836

1836

1836

Rockford

WOODFORD

1841

1877

1877

1841

1831

1841

1841

1841

Eureka


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