Cook County Clerk David Orr recently announced a new online feature allowing soon-to-be newlyweds the opportunity to fill out most of their marriage application license information online. Illinois law requires that before a couple marries, they must appear before the clerk in the county where they will be married to sign and complete their marriage license application and pay the fee ($60 in Cook County). In the past the couple had to complete the whole process in the Clerk’s office. Now they can start the process at home by going to this section of the county clerk’s website. The process will still need to be completed at the Clerk’s office but with the online application feature the time spent there will be less than 10 minutes. For more information about marriage application procedures and requirements please go online to the Cook County Clerk’s website.
The Cook County Clerk’s office has also made an index of Cook County marriage records 50 years or older available online at Cook County Genealogy Online. This is only an index. You must still pay for a copy of the actual record. For $16.75 you can purchase a copy of the full record online with a credit card and receive the record immediately as a zip file. Cook County Genealogy Online also includes indexes of Cook County birth records 75 years or older and Cook County death records of 20 years or older.