Genealogy Requests

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Genealogical Indexes

See the Genealogy Indexes webpage for information on how to view genealogical birth, marriage, and death indexes. 

Statewide Genealogical Searches

These websites allow for searching indexes throughout the State for participating Counties:

Statewide Marriage Index: 1763-1900

Statewide Death Index: Pre-1916

Statewide Death Index: 1916-1950

Peoria County Birth & Marriage Records

Birth and marriage records 75 years old and older are considered genealogy after the individuals are deceased. The cost per search and one copy, if located, is $5. If certified copies are required for a legal purpose, the cost per search is $16 (plus $7 for each additional certified copy of the same record). Birth records begin in December 1877 and marriage records begin in 1825.

Peoria County Death Records

Death records that have been on file at least 20 years are considered genealogy and the cost per search and one copy, if located, is $5. If records need to be certified for a legal purpose, the cost per search is $20 (plus $11 for each additional certified copy of the same record). Death records begin in December 1877.

Request Peoria County Copies

All records considered genealogy will be searched by genealogists and returned by mail to the requester. Clerks will look up non-genealogical records that require certification. You may request copies by submitting the Genealogy Request Form (PDF)

Fees

The cost is $5 per search at the time of the request. Additional copies of the same record are $4. Search fees cannot be refunded if the record is not found; however, a “No Record” certification can be issued. Searches must be paid for with cash, check (check must include your Driver's License Number and State where issued, if not Illinois, and your phone number), credit/debit card. 

If you are making your request by mail, we cannot accept debit or credit cards. There is a $2.50 charge for debit card usage in person. Credit card transactions up to $50 will be charged a $2.50 fee. Additional fees apply to credit card transactions above $50.