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Carroll County Birth Certificates Index, 1877-1913

Compiled by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository System, Northern Illinois University

Entering Search Criteria

Enter the name of the father, mother or child in the format: last name comma space first name space middle initial (for example, Smith, John D). The child often did not have a first name when the birth was recorded. When the first name of the child did not appear in the records, (not given) will appear after the last name. The first name and middle initial may be omitted to accomplish a surname search. Searches are not case sensitive: you may use any combination of upper and lower case letters. The following types of searches may be conducted:

  • Enter the name of the father only to return a list of fathers for the name you entered.
  • Enter the name of the mother only to return a list of mothers for the name you entered.
  • Enter the name of a child only to return a list of children for the name you entered.
  • Enter both the names of the father and child to return a list of births meeting both criteria.
  • Enter both the names of the mother and child to return a list of births meeting both criteria.

If you cannot find a person for whom you believe there is a birth certificate, try broadening your search by entering only a portion of the surname (e.g., John instead of Johnson) or by typing variations of the spelling of a surname (such as Johnson and Johnsen).

More information about how to obtain copies of the Carroll County Birth Certificates.