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Cook County, Illinois

Cook County is located in the state of Illinois. The county was created by an act of the Illinois General Assembly on January 15, 1831, out of Putnam County. Cook County is named after Daniel Cook, the state’s first Attorney General. Chicago is the county seat, the third-most populous city in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a population of approximately 5,194,675 people and a total area of 1,635 square miles, of which 690 square miles is water and 945 square miles is land. It is the sixth largest county in Illinois by land area, and the largest in total area. With over 40 percent of all Illinois residents, Cook County is the most populous county in Illinois and the 2nd most populous county in the country. Cook County borders the following counties:  Lake County to the north; Lake County, Indiana, to the southeast; Will County to the south; DuPage County to the west; Kane County to the west; McHenry County to the northwest; and Berrien County, Michigan, to the east across Lake Michigan.

The Cook County Recorder of Deeds is charged with the responsibility of maintaining all documents relating to land records in the county. These records can be accessed by doing a public records search online through the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Website. While on the website, remember to check the fee schedule applicable when requesting copies of public records. The other way to obtain land records is by visiting the Recorder of Deeds’ office in person. You will be required to submit a records request form with the details of the records you are requesting. You can also call the Recorder of Deeds at (312) 603-5050 and make enquiries regarding public records.

Below is the physical address of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds’ office:

118 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL

Cook, IL Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-20096,108,140
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-200984,637
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-200943,941
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-200911,036
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-200949,268
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-200915,766
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-200949,420
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-2009177,172
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-200930,974
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-200966,086
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-200911,814
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-2009605,828
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-200960,172
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-200922,914
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-2009546,855
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-2009315,698
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-200943,840
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-200943,752
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-2009507,005
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-20092,775
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-200976,748
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-200934,597
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-200942,427
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-200914,801
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-200951,070
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-200981,874
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-20098,404
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-200929,309
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-200913,805
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-200921,854
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-20092,844,304
Cook County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Cook 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:Cook County Marriage License
Location:50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60602
Phone:312-603-7790

Cook County Clerk’s Office
County Government Office

Address: 1311 Maybrook Dr #104, Maywood, IL 60153, United States

Phone: 708-865-6010

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