The Archives Department of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County was established in 1992 to collect, preserve and make available to researchers the non-current, pre-electronic records created by the Cook County Court system. This is a great stepping off place for genealogical research since the holdings in the Archives Department date back to the 1871 Chicago Fire.
Please note that archived court records are stored off-site and transferred to Archives for viewing. Researchers should allow 2-10 days for these records to be transferred to Archives. Moreover, researchers should always feel free to contact Archives staff for assistance at 312-603-6601 or 312-603-6628.
Archives patrons should be aware that the Clerk's Office began computerized indexing and docketing of court cases in the early 1980s. Indexes are located in the Archives Department unless otherwise stated.