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

Whiteside County, Illinois

Whiteside County is located in northwest Illinois, along the Mississippi River. It was established in 1836 and named for Samuel Whiteside, an Illinois pioneer and military leader. As of 2010, the population was 58,498. The total area is 697 square miles. Although the largest city is Sterling, the county seat is Morrison. President Ronald Reagan was born in Whiteside County.

The Whiteside County Clerk is responsible for voter registration for Whiteside County. This office is the repository for county records, including birth records, marriage records, death records, and notary public records. In addition, the County Clerk’s Office is also the official keeper of the county board minutes and records.

Birth records, marriage records, and death records are considered to be vital records and are not public records. Marriage records maintained by the clerk’s office date back to 1839, while birth and death records go back to 1878.

Copies of birth records can only be accessed by written request and only by the individual named on the certificate, by the legal guardian of the individual to whom the record relates, or by court order. The fee charged for obtaining certified copies is $10.00; additional copies are $6.00 each, for copies purchased at the same time.  

Copies of death records are available only through written request by blood relatives of the individual named on the certificate or upon order of the court. Certified copies are obtained at a fee of $14.00; additional copies are $10.00 each for copies purchased at the same time. Certified marriage records are also only available through a written request. The fee applicable is $10.00 per copy and $6.00 for any additional copy purchased at the same time. When obtaining vital records, the clerk’s office will require a picture ID or two forms of ID.

All other records maintained by the county clerk are public records and when obtaining certified copies of them, you will be charged a fee of $1.00 for the first page plus $.25 for each additional page of that same document.

Below is the physical address of the Whiteside County Clerk’s office:

200 E Knox Street

Morrison, IL 61270

Phone number: (815) 772-5189

You can also do a public records search online; you will have to visit the Whiteside County Clerk Website. The website has easy to follow steps and links that will direct you to the records that are available.

Whiteside, IL Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-200970,223
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-20093,711
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-200967
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-2009159
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-2009298
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-2009598
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-20095,549
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-20095,334
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-2009299
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-20091,594
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-2009117
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200920,248
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-2009119
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-2009170
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-20099,773
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-20091,905
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-2009107
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-2009985
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-20091,549
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-200943
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-200982
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-2009827
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-2009825
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-200929
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-2009170
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-20092,199
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-2009186
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-200938
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-2009124
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-20092
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-200911,553
Whiteside County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Whiteside 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:Whiteside County Marriage License
Location:200 East Knox Street, Morrison, Illinois, 61270
Phone:815-772-5189

Whiteside County Clerk’s Office

Address: 200 E Knox Street Morrison, IL 61270, USA
Phone: (815) 772-5189

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