Availability of Records for Genealogical Purposes:

  • Birth and death records begin in 1878

  • Marriage records begin in 1830

  • Indexes prior to January 1, 1916, are open to the public

Uncertified copies of records prior to January 1, 1916, are at a cost of $5.00.  Records after January 1, 1916, are at the costs as listed in the birth, death, and marriage sections.  Only certified copies are issued. The following records are available for genealogical purposes:

  • Birth records 75 years or older

  • Death records 20 years or older

  • Marriage records 50 years or older


For More Information on Genealogy:

  • Click here for listing and maps to all known burial grounds in Knox County

  • Contact the Knox County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 13, Galesburg, IL 61402, or visit their website

  • Contact the Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St., Galesburg, IL 61401, 309/343-6118, or visit their website

  • Click here for more information on genealogy in Illinois and in other states.


What You Should Know About Legal Access to Vital Records:

In an effort to prevent identity theft and protect the privacy of those named on vital records, the Office of the Knox County Clerk works diligently to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of the records maintained by the County Clerk.  Click here to learn more about legal access to vital records.

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