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Fayette County Courthouse 
P.O. Box 401
Vandalia, IL 62471-0401 
Telephone: (618) 283-5000

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     $ Copies of Birth, Marriage, Death, & Land Records

(sorry, snail mail only)
Terri Braun
Fayette County Clerk & Recorder
221 S. Seventh Street
P.O. Box 401
Vandalia, Illinois  62471 


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Illinois Vital Records

A number of resources are available for individuals doing genealogical research using vital records filed in the state of Illinois. Births and deaths before January 1, 1916 and marriages before January 1, 1962 are recorded only in the office of the county clerk where the event occurred. Most county clerks have indexes to the records that are prior to 1916 that are available for the purpose of genealogical research.( List of county vital records Web sites or county clerk addresses ) These indexes generally provide the name, date and place of occurrence and are located in county courthouses located throughout the state. Although self-service access to the indexes is generally permitted, the law limits physical access to the individual records to the clerk's staff. When you locate a record from the index, it will be necessary for the clerk to pull the record for you once you have paid the appropriate search fee. Please check with the county clerk for fees and policies on reviewing indexes.

Birth Records

Birth Records Access to birth records is restricted due to privacy rights and fraud prevention. Uncertified copies of birth records for genealogical purposes are available to individuals who may not otherwise be entitled to receive a certified copy if the person's date of birth precedes the current date by 75 years or more. A copy of the birth record of any deceased individual may be obtained by completing a special application form and showing proof of the death. You may request this special application form at vitalrecords@idph.state.il.us or by writing to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
605 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62702-5097

Copies of birth records for genealogical purposes may be requested from either the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records or from the county clerk in the county where the birth occurred. ( List of county vital records Web sites or county clerk addresses ) Requests of IDPH, Division of Vital Records cost $15 for the long form, uncertified, genealogical copy and can be made online, by mail, by fax or in person

Death Records

Many public and genealogical libraries, including the Illinois Regional Area Depository (IRAD) system, have statewide microfiche indexes of Illinois deaths that occurred more than 50 years ago, but not prior to 1916. In addition to microfiche, the Illinois State Archives maintains a database index on death certificates for the years 1916 to 1950.

Uncertified, genealogical copies of death records of persons who died more than 20 years ago, but not prior to 1916 may be requested either from IDPH or from the county clerk in the county where the death occurred. ( List of county vital records Web sites or county clerk addresses ) Requests of IDPH, Division of Vital Records cost $10 and can be made online, by mail, by fax or in person. The Illinois State

Archives has microfilm copies of death records for deaths that occurred more than 50 years ago. In accordance with a policy agreement with IDPH, the Illinois State Archives will provide unofficial and uncertified copies of death certificates only in cases in which the decedent was 25 years or older at the time of his or her death. Click here for information on requesting copies from the Illinois State Archives..

Copies of death records filed before 1916 may be obtained from the county clerk in the county where the death occurred or from IRAD if it holds death records for that particular county.

If you do not know the date of death, IDPH, Division of Vital Records can perform a search of the death record indexes for genealogical research for a fee of $10 per name. If the requested record is found and is more than 20 years old, one uncertified copy would be issued without additional charge. How to Obtain a Copy of a Death Record

Marriage Records

Copies of marriage records can be obtained from the county clerk in the county where the marriage occurred.( List of county vital records Web sites or county clerk addresses ) IDPH, Division of Vital Records does not provide copies of these records. It does have a statewide index of marriages from 1962 through the current index date available and for a $5 fee can verify the facts of a marriage or perform a search, if you do not know the county where the marriage occurred. To request a search, you can use the (application for verification of marriage record files) and submit it by mail, by fax or in person.

The Illinois State Archives has a database containing information on more than 1 million marriages for the years 1763 to 1900. Copies of marriage records included in the Statewide Marriage Index, 1763 to 1900, may be obtained from (IRAD) if it holds marriage records for that county or from the county clerk in the county in which the marriage occurred. There is no statewide index for marriages for the years 1901 to 1961. Some individual county indexes prior to 1916 are available in the (Illinois State Archives).

Divorce Records

Divorce Records Copies of divorce decrees can only be obtained from the circuit court clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. (Click here for a list of circuit court clerks ) If you do not know the county of divorce, IDPH, Division of Vital Records has a statewide index from 1962 through the current index date available. Staff will search this index for a $5 fee. (Please note, the index is by husband's name only.) To request a search, you can use the (application for verification of divorce record files) and submit it by mail, by fax or in person. There is no statewide index for divorces prior to 1962.

 
 

Fayette County Genealogical Society 
P.O. Box 177 
Vandalia, IL 62471


 

Newspapers in Fayette County

FARINA NEWS ,   FARINA IL 62838 ,   618-245-6216 
RAMSEY NEWS JOURNAL ,   217 S SUPERIOR RAMSEY IL 62080 ,   618-423-2411 
ST ELMO BANNER,   407 N MAIN ST 
ST ELMO IL 62458-1636 ,   618-829-3246
VANDALIA LEADER UNION ,   229 S 5TH ST VANDALIA IL 62471-2703 ,  618-283-3374

*NEW*  Baptism lists...and other lists as they are made available

FAYETTE COUNTY CEMETERIES 
list has moved, click on the Head Stone, and you will go to the new page



Well, people came, and they supplied me with a lot of information. With that information I have to move the list of Cemeteries, because it has grown too large for this page. Hopefully, the way I now have it set up, all will be able to find the one they are looking for.


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