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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.)  I'm not as familiar with other counties, so if you see something wrong, let me know and I'll fix it. 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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