Vital Records

The county recorded birth and death certificates in late 1877. Prior to this, proofs of birth or death could be filed at the courthouse. Marriages have been recorded since the earliest times although some omissions occur. For various reasons, couples sometimes chose to marry in a different county or state, so if not found in one county, search surrounding areas.

On our websites

  • Proofs of Death filed 1870-1880, 1884.
  • Abstracts of death certificates filed at the courthouse 1877 – 1916 are on the member website.
  • Marriage Records 1845-1869, an index, on the member website. Login at top right menu.

In our Quarterly

  • County marriages appear in the Quarterly, beginning with 1906 in Volume 30 Number 2 (2007). A facsimile of the county clerk’s index is shown on its pages. Here are links to the table of contents, or search this site for a topic. The Illinois State Archives statewide marriage index (1770s – 1905) for St. Clair may also be helpful.
  • Abstracts of death certificates filed 1877-1916 at the courthouse are serialized starting with Volume 30 Number 1 (2007). As noted above, this series is reproduced on our member website.

Substitutes for vital records

Church records may be the best substitute for birth, marriage, and death records when not found at the county level. See the Collection link on the main menu above for church records on this website and read of many more in St. Clair County Research and Resources: A Genealogist’ Guide, one of several publications described on our book page.

Newspaper articles, tombstones, burial records, and probate files are other sources for vital records.

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