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New: Cook County Marriage Index 1912-1924

FamilySearch has Cook County marriage license images from 1871 to 1920. A search of "Smith" at CookCountyGenealogy.com suggests that marriage licenses are available there from 1930 forward. So what about the licenses from 1921-1929? Up until now, I've always said, "There's no public index. Just mail in a search request form to the Cook County Clerk's office." I've done that successfully for my own research. Yesterday a fellow researcher (who wants to remain anonymous) mentioned an Ancestry.com database called Cook County, Illinois Marriage Indexes, 1912-1924 , new as of 17 Oct 2011. The notes say " The majority of these records come from the years 1914-1923" but the index still opens up a few more years and gives us an alternate way of searching before 1921.  As you can see above, the index is alphabetical with both brides and grooms listed and it provides the name of the spouse, a date, and a serial number. Comparing an entry