Cook County Birth Records Search (Illinois)

Perform a free Cook County, IL public birth records search, including birth certificates, birth indexes, birth databases, and birth dates.


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Arlington Heights Memorial Library Website http://www.ahml.info/research/genealogy Search Arlington Heights Memorial Library home page for online catalog, resources and services.

Bartlett Public Library District Genealogy Records http://catalog.bartlett.lib.il.us/polaris/Search/misc/esources.aspx View Bartlett Public Library District genealogy resources, including census, military, court, land, vital, church and probate records and directories.

Chicago City Government Murder Records https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2017-chicago-murders View Chicago City Government's murder database, listed by name of deceased, including date of murder, cause, time and address.

Chicago Public Library Database https://www.chipublib.org/resource/ View Chicago Public Library online resources list by title, description and location.

Cicero Town Clerk Website http://www.thetownofcicero.com/departments/clerks-office View Cicero Town Clerk home page, including name, hours, phone number, and address.

Cook County Adoption Records http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NewWebsite/Services/Access-to-Cook-County-Adoption-Records.aspx View Cook County, Illinois adoption information, including guidelines for requesting adoption records, adoption fees, foreign and domestic adoption.

Cook County Birth Certificates & Records https://vitalchek.com/cookcounty View Cook County, Illinois birth certificate information, including required identification and fees for certified copy requests.

Cook County Burial Records http://theburroakcemetery.com/resources/burr-oak-search/ Search Cook County Burr Oak Cemetery Records by first and last names.

Cook County Clerk Marriage Licenses http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/vitalrecords/marriagelicenses/Pages/default.aspx View Cook County Clerk marriage license information, including age and identification requirements, fees, expiry, copies and officiant.

Cook County Clerk Vital Records http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/vitalrecords/Pages/default.aspx View Cook County Clerk vital records information, including birth, death, marriage/civil union, business, notary, fees, requirements, contact and address.

Cook County Genealogy Records http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/ View Cook County genealogy information including birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses.

Des Plaines Public Library Database http://dppl.org/resources/all View Des Plaines Public Library resource list, including children, subjects, history and tax forms.

Elgin City Clerk Website http://www.cityofelgin.org/index.aspx View Elgin City Clerk general information page, including responsibilities, birth and death certificates, contact, email, address and telephone number.

Evanston Public Library Blog https://www.epl.org/ View Evanston Public Library blog by title, date and article summary.

Glenview Public Library Genealogy Records http://www.glenviewpl.org/researchDB/index.html Search Glenview Public Library Genealogy Records by title or subject.

Mount Prospect Public Library Genealogy Records http://mppl.org/research/research-guides/genealogy/ View Mount Prospect Public Library genealogy resources, including biography, obituary, periodical, digital archive, society, state and national.

Oak Lawn Park Public Library Genealogy Records https://olpl.org/ View Oak Lawn Park Public Library genealogy resources, including history, newspapers, obituaries, Holocaust, grave search, military and vital records.

Oak Park Department of Public Health Website http://www.oak-park.us/village-services/department-public-health View Oak Park Department of Public Health general information webpage page, including hours, phone number, and address.

Oak Park Public Library Database http://oppl.org/collections/online-resources Search Oak Park Public Library online resources by alphabet, title, article, subject, or ISSN.

Schaumburg Township District Library Database https://www.schaumburglibrary.org/elibrary/research Search Schaumburg Township District Library e-library archives by category or media type.

Skokie Public Library Database https://skokielibrary.info/resources/research/ View Skokie Public Library research resources, including literature, business, consumer, genealogy, health, employment, kids, law, languages and real estate.

Find Cook County Birth Records

Cook County Birth Records are documents relating to an individual's birth in Cook County, Illinois. These can include Cook County birth certificates, birth indexes, and birth databases. Some states may also have paternity registries and affidavits of parentage for children born to single parents. Birth Records are kept by Vital Records Offices or the Cook County Clerk's Offices, which may be run by the Illinois state government or at the local Cook County level.

Learn about Birth Records, including:
  • Where to get free Birth Records online
  • How to access the Illinois birth index
  • What information is included in birth databases
  • How to get certified copies of Cook County birth certificates
  • What birth records are used for
Search Public Birth Records in Cook County, IL

Cook County Birth Records may be considered public records. Illinois may be part of what is known as "open record" states, where all birth records are considered public information. Other states restrict access to birth certificates, which can only be requested by the individual named in the birth record, the parents listed in the record, or the legal guardian or legal representative of the child. Birth records commonly become public documents after a waiting period, which may be more than 100 years.

Cook County Birth Certificates

A Cook County birth certificate lists the baby's name, date of birth, location of birth, and the names of both parents. Some birth certificates also include the time of birth and the delivering doctor. A birth index stores public records of births in the Illinois, typically listing the individual's full name, date of birth, gender, county of birth, and sometimes the mother's maiden name. A birth database includes data on local Cook County births, often categorized by year, demographic categories, and health categories. Birth databases do not include personally identifying information.

Certified Birth Records

Birth Records are required to access various Cook County government services. Certified birth certificates are required to order official passports, marriage certificates, and Social Security numbers. They may also be necessary to prove citizenship in order to receive veteran's benefits or other government services.

Cook County Genealogy Research

Cook County Birth Records are important sources for family history and genealogical research. Some locations in the United States have birth certificates that date back to 1630. Cook County birth databases can also be used to analyze health outcomes for infants and mothers, delivery methods, and other information useful for public health purposes.