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Death Records

Death Records

Death Records on File

Death records on file with the Bureau County Clerk date back to 1878.

Who May Obtain a Death Record

Only the following persons may obtain a copy:

  • Person having personal or property right interest in the record (18 years or older)
  • Duly authorized agent of a person having a personal or property right interest in the record (must show documentation)
  • Genealogist document must be 20 years old or older

What Identification is Required

In order to complete your request for search of a vital record, you must present one of the following proper forms of identification:

  • Illinois or Out-of-State Driver’s License
  • Illinois or Out-of-State ID Card

The documents you request will be mailed to the address on your identification.  If that address is not correct, you will need to provide the office with a copy of a piece of mail (power bill, utility bill, cable tv bill, etc.) that establishes your address.

What is the Fee

  • One record search including one certified copy is $22.00
  • Each additional copy of same record issued at the same time is $8.00
  • One record search without certified copy and uncertified copies marked “For Genealogical Purposes Only” is $10.00

How to Obtain Records

Visit the Office of the Bureau County Clerk, Bureau County Courthouse, 700 S. Main St., Princeton.  Office hours are Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Complete form, present acceptable identification (and any necessary documentation; see chart above), and make payment in the form of cash, check, or money order payable to “Bureau County Clerk”

Complete form, make copy of acceptable identification (and any necessary documentation), and make payment in the form of money order payable to “Bureau County Clerk”.  Send to Office of the Bureau County Clerk, 700 S. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356

Search online securely at Official Records Online.


Yes.  Uncertified copies of records at least 20 years old are at a cost of $10.00.

Yes, all death records beginning January 1, 1916, are certified copies and contain the official seal of the County Clerk and Registrar of Bureau County, Illinois.  The official seal on the document is a “raised seal” that can be felt if touched.

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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 Bureau County Clerk works diligently to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of the records maintained by the County Clerk.