Cook County Marriage Licenses, 1871-1916



I can obtain copies of Cook County marriage licenses, 1871-1916, at the local Family History Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Turnaround time is usually 0-3 days, depending on when you submit your request.

I print the records from microfilm and scan the paper copies at 300 dpi to create a digital image. Then I rotate and crop the jpgs. (I’m happy to adjust the brightness/contrast, but I don’t do that unless you ask me to so that you can be sure no information was accidentally lost in the process.)

Please note:

—The early Cook County marriage licenses DO NOT include parent names or birth information and no matching applications with that information are available.

—If the record indicates that the marriage was performed by a Catholic priest, I will try to find the matching church register page (scanned images available on FamilySearch) for no extra charge.

—If I’m not able to find the record(s) you need (it’s rare, but it happens), there will be no charge.

$6.00 fixed

Full payment upfront


Chicago, Illinois

Cook County, Illinois


Wilmette Illinois Family History Center

Ordering instructions from chicagogenealogy

Please tell me the name of the bride and groom, the marriage date, and the license number and/or film number, if you have it.

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