REVISED January 21, 2006
WHITESIDE COUNTY WEBSITE
WHITESIDE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE
(Birth*Death*Marriage Records*Elections*Voter Registration*Real Estate Tax Extensions)
County Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vital Records Information: email@example.com
The County Clerk is responsible for voter registration & election results for Whiteside County. This office is the repository for county records, including birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licences, and notary public records. The County Clerk's Office is also the keeper of the county board records and minutes.
Birth, Death & Marriage records are deemed “VITAL RECORDS” and are not public records. Birth and Death records go back to 1878 and Marriage records go back to 1839..
Copies of birth records are available, upon written request, only to the individual named on the Certificate, to the parents or legal guardian (proof of guardianship required), to the legal representative of the individual to whom the record relates, or upon court order. The cost of a certified copy is $10.00. Additional Copies purchased at the same time are $6.00 each. We also require a picture ID or two other forms of ID..
Copies of Death records are available, upon written request, to blood relatives of the individual named on the certificate, to persons with a personal or property right interest, to the legal representative of any of the aforementioned persons or upon order of the court. Certified copies are available for $12.00. Additional copies purchased at the same time are $8.00 each..
Marriage records are available upon written request and a fee of $10.00. Additional copies purchased at the same time are $6.00 each..
Genealogists may have access to the indexes of Vital Records prior to 1916 and may obtain copies of Birth records older than 75 years and Death records older than 20 years. Fees are the same a listed above and records will be stamped “FOR GENEALOGY ONLY”. A non-certified copy can also be issued, upon request, for a fee of $8.00.
All other records in the office are public records and certified copies of most are available for a fee of $1.00 for the first page plus $.25 for each additional page of that same document..
200 East Knox Street
Morrison, Illinois 61270
Mon. - Fri.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CT)
Phone: 815-772-5189 X 141
WHITESIDE COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK (Naturalization Records, Divorce Records)
Whiteside County Circuit Clerk
Susan E Ottens
Phone: Morrison (815) 772-5188
Fax: Morrison (815) 772-5187
Sterling (815) 535-4530
Sterling (815) 535-4548
Whiteside County Circuit Clerk's office records court decisions and events, handles fines, bail bonds and provides the court system with supportive services including record storage and the scheduling of court resources.
200 East Knox Street
Morrison, IL 61270
Also see the NAT'L ARCHIVES
Sterling Public Library
102 West Third Street
Sterling, Illinois 61081
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday (Sept. - May): 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Public Library's Index to the Sterling Daily Gazette
STERLING DAILY GAZETTE, est. 1854
STERLING DAILY STANDARD, est. 1868
Consolidated July 24, 1916
Published daily EXCEPT Sunday
WHITESIDE COUNTY GENEALOGIST SOCIETY
P. O. Box 145
Sterling, IL 61081
President of W/S County Genealogist Society, Marilyn Huffman-Anderson (Note: Marilyn is also the director of the Genealogy Research Dept. at Sterling Public Library. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Whiteside Co. Genealogist Society meets the first Friday of each month at 9 a.m. at 211 Locust St., Sterling, Illinois. Membership dues = $12/year.