question we receive is how to get copies of records.
Answer: Just about everywhere you are going to research in, Birth, Marriage and
Death records are kept in the county courthouses and you'll need to write them
to pay for a copy of those records.
FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO ORDER COURT HOUSE RECORDS, VISIT
MADISON COUNTY ONLINE.
Here's their Genealogy
Research Policy and FAQs
Each county in Illinois
differs on when they started keeping official records in their courthouses.
And just because they started keeping records on a certain date doesn't mean
YOUR relative made the effort to comply with the law and travel to the
courthouse to record the event.
For Madison county:
Births were recorded beginning in the late 1800’s.
Marriage records date back 1813
(FYI - the early recordswill have nothing more than 2 names and a date. Around the mid-1880's the county clerks started keeping logs which have MUCH more info - place of birth, parents names, witnesses, number of marriages. If you ask for a marriage "certificate", you will not get that information. Ask for a marriage "record" and also inquire as to whether the county clerk's record/log is available. Honestly, you'll have better luck asking for those logs from
the IRAD branch rather than the courthouse.)
Deaths were recorded beginning in 1878
Also check out various state archives and state libraries. We have a list of
You'll also want to check out the hometown public libraries. They will almost
always have local genealogy data on their shelves.
Transcribed indexes of vital records are located on the Illinois Secretary of
State website. They change the url too often, but here's the most recent one
that will get you to their databases (current as of May 2015): http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/home.html
If you have a free website you want us to provide a link to, email us.
As a heads up, if you want a link from us, be prepared to return the favor and
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