Macon County Marriage Records

NameAddressCityStateZip CodePhone Number
Macon County Clerk Offices
Macon County Clerk141 South Main StreetDecaturIL62523217-424-1305
Decatur Township Clerk1620 South Taylorville RoadDecaturIL62521217-429-5284
Long Creek Village Clerk7135 Old Route 36DecaturIL62522217-864-5263
Maroa City Clerk120 South Locust StreetMaroaIL61756217-794-2206
Macon County Town & City Halls
Macon City Hall1039 Woodcock RdMaconIL62544217-764-3643
Argenta City Hall330 Warren StreetArgentaIL62501217-795-4529
Maroa Township Town Hall109 North Walnut StreetMaroaIL61756217-794-3720
Niantic City Hall357 East Lockhart StreetNianticIL62551217-668-2458
Macon County Marriage License Office
Macon County Marriage License141 South Main StreetDecaturIL62523217-424-1305
Macon County Marriage & Divorce Records Databases
Decatur Public Library Database
Macon County Clerk Website
Macon County Divorce Certificates
Macon County Marriage Certificates & Records
Macon County Recorder Website
Macon County Recorder's Office Website

Statistics

Married Couples 19,290 (43.5%)
Unmarried Couples 2,610 (2.5%)
Never Married Men 13,709 (33.2%)
Never Married Women 12,955 (28.0%)
Separated Men 759 (1.8%)
Separated Women 740 (1.6%)
Widowed Men 1,145 (2.8%)
Widowed Women 4,966 (10.7%)
Divorced Men 5,250 (12.7%)
Divorced Women 6,751 (14.6%)

Marriage Records – Getting Your Facts Straight

Marriage Records in Macon County, Illinois has been part of the Cook County Records since the 1700s. They are now part of the Cook County Clerk’s Office and maintained by the Clerk of Court. The earliest marriage records that we have been able to locate are from around seventeen hundred years ago in England. This would place the marriage record at roughly around the same time period as the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Both groups were traveling west into the new country of North America.

Marriage Records in Macon County Illinois

The first official marriage record that we have from this era is one which was recorded in the town of Twickenham, in the county of Hampshire in England. This marriage was between Henry Westfall and Rebecca Bright of Westfall. The couple was married in the church of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, on the night of the seventh of July, sixteen forty-six. There is no information as to where the church was located at the time.

A short time later, on the twelfth of July, England had a major influx of Irish and Scottish immigrants. This would impact the county of Hampshire. As many records have proven, the Irish and the Scottish would always look for marriage records in their new home. As stated before, the Irish and the Scottish would travel west into what we call the new country of North America. This would give the marriage records for the area a more modern appearance.

In the 1800s, things were starting to get even smaller. Immigration from what is now Canada also impacted marriage records. Many of these records were simply misplaced. It is not known if the information came from the United States or from Canada.

In addition to the large Irish and Scottish immigration waves, the Civil War also played a significant role. Many soldiers would take their vows of marriage while they were stationed at various points in the country. The soldiers’ marriages would often remain classified until their death. This created the need for duplication of these records.

Today, there are a number of different online sources that offer marriage records. These online sites have access to all of the necessary data for a person’s needs. It can be extremely useful to check all of this information up on a person. This is especially helpful if a marriage has already been performed. By doing a complete search online, you can find out a great deal of information about the person in question.