This is a list of free Illinois Genealogy Records at FamilySearch.


Included are Illinois birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, former slave records, pension records, military records and more. We’ll continue to add more Illinois collections available online at FamilySearch. If you’re looking for onsite collections, visit their website & catalog.


Some of these records have a searchable name index, others have browsable images, a few have both an index and images, and some link to individuals in the FamilySearch family tree.


This list prioritizes indexed collections, but if you can’t find your Illinois ancestor there, the list includes online image collections which take longer to search, but have a treasure trove of information.


These collections are all free to search. You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search some of these records.




How to View the Collections

  1. Some links take you straight to the collection.

  2. Other links take you to a catalog description page where you will have to select the link.

    • Look for a camera icon and select that icon

    • or look for red print and select “here”

  3. In a few cases, the collection may be in queue to be digitized and you’ll need to check back at a later date.






Birth Marriage and Death records #OnGenealogy

Illinois Birth, Marriage, & Death Records


Illinois Birth Indexes & Birth Records


Illinois Marriage Indexes & Marriage Records


Illinois Death Indexes & Death Records






Wills & Probate






Residence records census land migration voting taxation #OnGenealogy

Illinois Residence Records







Land & Property


Maps, Almanacs, & Gazetteers


Names & Surnames


Naturalization & Citizenship








Workhouse/Poorhouse/Soldiers’ Homes





Daily Life Records school work church court government library social life #OnGenealogy

Illinois Daily Life Records

Alumni, Schools, & Yearbooks


Bible Records




Business Records & Commerce




Church Records


Church History


Court Records


Description & Travel


Employees, Officials, & Occupations


Ethnic Records

African American Records


Japanese American Records


Jewish Records


Native American Records




Genealogy | Family Trees


Government & Legal




Libraries, Museums, & Archives


Magazines & Periodicals


Names & Surnames




Public Records







Military records Wars Veterans #OnGenealogy

Illinois Military Records


French and Indian War, 1755-1763


Revolutionary War, 1775-1783


War of 1812


Mexican-American War, 1846-1848


US Civil War


Indian Wars


Spanish-American War


World War I


World War II


Korean War


Veterans, Enlistments, Pensions





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