Lookup Public Records in Knox CountyIllinois. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Knox County, Illinois

Knox County is located in Illinois, northwest of Peoria. It was established in 1825 and named for Henry Knox, first U.S. Secretary of War. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,919, and the toal area is 720 square miles. The county seat is Galesburg.

Scott G. Erickson is the Knox County Clerk; his office is charged with a number of responsibilities which include:

  • Maintain assumed business name filings.
  • Calculating tax rates applied to property.
  • Maintain vital records for Knox County (Birth records, Marriage records, and Death records).
  • Issuing of Marriage Licenses.
  • Maintaining voter registration for Knox County.
  • Commissions for notaries.
  • Maintain statement of economic interest filings.
  • Administering elections in Knox County.
  • Create County Board minutes.
  • Maintain County Resolutions and Ordinance records.

Information regarding vital records, marriage licenses, County Board minutes, liquor or raffle licenses, registering of an assumed business name, Resolution or Ordinances, or notary commissions may be obtained by phone, by mail, in person or by doing a background check online.

To do a public records search online, you will have to visit the Knox County Clerk Website. While on the website, click on the relevant link to access the records available. To obtain records by phone call the county clerk at (309) 345-3815. However, for records relating to elections and voter registration, you can call the Elections Division at (309) 345-3858. To obtain records in person you will have to visit the clerk’s office at Knox County Courthouse, 200 South Cherry Street, Galesburg, IL  61401. Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM. You will be required to submit a filled out records request form.

You will be charged for copies of public records, below is the applicable fee:

  • Birth and Marriage Records – $10.00 for the first copy, $2.00 for each additional copy of the same record. 
  • Death Records – $15.00 for the first copy, $6.00 for each additional copy of same record. 
  • Marriage License – $30.00
  • Freedom of Information copy fees – Black and white copies on 8-1/2 X 11 or 8-1/2 X 14 papers – First 50 pages are free and additional pages at $0.15 per page.  Color copies at $0.15 per page for all pages. 
  • Genealogical records are $5.00 for each search and non-certified copy of record if available.
Knox, IL Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-200958,492
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-20094,663
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-200963
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-2009145
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-2009177
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-2009175
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-20091,843
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-20096,632
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-2009482
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-20091,377
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-2009100
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200912,108
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-2009138
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-200972
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-20097,484
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-20091,735
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-200957
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-2009565
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-2009783
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-200971
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-2009139
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-20091,132
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-2009836
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-200916
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-2009287
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-20096,037
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-2009126
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-200958
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-2009385
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-200990
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-200910,030
Knox County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Knox County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
State Law:Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act – 750 ILCS 5 and Illinois Uniform Premarital Agreement Act – 750 ILCS 10
All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
Office:Knox County Marriage License
Location:200 South Cherry Street, Galesburg, Illinois, 61401
Phone:309-345-3815

Knox County Clerk’s Office
County Government Office

Address: 200 S Cherry St, Galesburg, IL 61401, United States

Phone: 309-343-3121

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