Vital Records Vital Records Sorted on ShelvesVital records are documents that prove an individual’s identity.  These documents according to the Illinois State Law (410 ILCS 535 – Vital Records Act) include birth, death, and marriage records.  All of these documents are kept in the office of the County Clerk and the state of origin.  Vital records maintained in this office can be searched from the early 1800s to the current year. This office will certify copies of these documents to eligible individuals applying for them.

How to Obtain Vital Records

To obtain certified copies of these forms you must apply for them in the following ways:

  • Online - Order and Pay Online
  • In-person -
    307 West Center Street
    Cambridge, IL 61238
  • By mail
    1. Make money order payable to Henry County Clerk (checks not accepted) 
    2. Send the form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
      Henry County Clerk's Office
      Henry County Courthouse
      307 W Center Street
      Cambridge, IL 61238


Below are downloadable applications and those who are authorized to receive said documents:


Effective July 1, 2012, an additional fee of $2 will be collected by all local registrars and county clerks for the issuance of certified copies of death and fetal death certificates.

PA 97-0679 requires this additional fee to be put into the Cemetery Oversight Licensing and Disciplinary Fund (COLDF) and used by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).