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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cook County'''
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Guide to '''Cook County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Cook County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth, marriage, death, census, family history, and military records.<br> {{Click|Image:IL_ORP.png|Illinois Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
 
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== Cook County Organization  ==
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=== Cook County Organization  ===
  
 
Cook County's civil records start the following years:  
 
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Daniel Pope Cook.jpg.jpg|thumb|right|120px]]<br>Cook County was named for Daniel P. Cook who was the first Attorney General of the State of Illinois and Representative in Congress from 1819 to 1827.&nbsp; When the county was formed in 1831, it's total population was about one hundred people, spread over 2,464 square miles. Parts of Cook County were subsequently carved off to form [[Lake County, Illinois|Lake]], [[DuPage County, Illinois|DuPage]], [[Will County, Illinois|Will]], and [[McHenry County, Illinois|McHenry]] counties, trimming the county to its current size of 946 square miles.<ref>The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2005 Chicago Historical Society. The Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2004 The Newberry Library http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/335.html</ref> &nbsp; As of 2005, Cook County was the second most populous county in the United States (after Los Angeles), with a population of 5.3 million.<ref>Cook County, Illinois official web site http://www.co.cook.il.us/portal/server.pt/community/government/226/about_cook_county</ref> Just over half the county's population reside in [[Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]], the county seat.<ref>US Census Bureau Quick Facts, Population as of 2008. http://quickfacts.census.gov]</ref>  
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[[Image:Daniel Pope Cook.jpg.jpg|thumb|right|120px]]<br>Cook County was named for Daniel P. Cook who was the first Attorney General of the State of Illinois and Representative in Congress from 1819 to 1827.&nbsp; When the county was formed in 1831, it's total population was about one hundred people, spread over 2,464 square miles. Parts of Cook County were subsequently carved off to form [[Lake County, Illinois Genealogy|Lake]], [[DuPage County, Illinois Genealogy|DuPage]], [[Will County, Illinois Genealogy|Will]], and [[McHenry County, Illinois Genealogy|McHenry]] counties, trimming the county to its current size of 946 square miles.<ref>The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2005 Chicago Historical Society. The Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2004 The Newberry Library http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/335.html</ref> &nbsp; As of 2005, Cook County was the second most populous county in the United States (after Los Angeles), with a population of 5.3 million.<ref>Cook County, Illinois official web site http://www.co.cook.il.us/portal/server.pt/community/government/226/about_cook_county</ref> Just over half the county's population reside in [[Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]], the county seat.<ref>US Census Bureau Quick Facts, Population as of 2008. http://quickfacts.census.gov]</ref>
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==== Description ====
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The county was named for Daniel Cook, one of the earliest and youngest statesmen in Illinois history. He served as the second U.S. Representative from Illinois and the state's first Attorney General. The County Seat is Chicago and was founded January 15, 1831. It is located in the Northeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Cook County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook_County,_Illinois 4/11/2017.</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
*'''15 January 1831:''' Cook County was created from [[Putnam County, Illinois|Putnam]] County by an act of the Illinois State Legislature as the 54th county established in Illinois. The unincorporated Fort Dearborn settlement at the mouth of the Chicago River became the new county's seat.  
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*'''15 January 1831:''' Cook County was created from [[Putnam County, Illinois Genealogy|Putnam]] County by an act of the Illinois State Legislature as the 54th county established in Illinois. The unincorporated Fort Dearborn settlement at the mouth of the Chicago River became the new county's seat.  
*'''12 January 1836:''' - [[Will County, Illinois|Will]] County formed from portions of Cook, Iriquois, and Unorganized Territory.  
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*'''12 January 1836:''' - [[Will County, Illinois Genealogy|Will]] County formed from portions of Cook, Iriquois, and Unorganized Territory.  
*'''16 January 1836:''' - [[McHenry County, Illinois|McHenry]] County formed from north-western section of Cook county.  
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*'''16 January 1836:''' - [[McHenry County, Illinois Genealogy|McHenry]] County formed from north-western section of Cook county.  
*'''9 February 1839:''' - [[DuPage County, Illinois|DuPage]] County formed.  
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*'''9 February 1839:''' - [[DuPage County, Illinois Genealogy|DuPage]] County formed.  
*'''1 March 1839:''' - [[Lake County, Illinois|Lake]] County formed from northern-most section of Cook county.
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*'''1 March 1839:''' - [[Lake County, Illinois Genealogy|Lake]] County formed from northern-most section of Cook county.
  
*Interactive map of Cook County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
  
'''8-10 October 1871:''' Original marriage licenses for Cook County were destroyed by the [http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1740.html Great Chicago Fire]. marriages from 1833-1871 found in the [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index] for Cook County are compiled from early Chicago newspapers. This compilation is known as the [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/fink.html Sam Fink Index]. A copy of the Sam Fink Index is available on microfilm at the [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]] at [[IRAD - Northeastern Illinois University|Northeastern Illinois University]] in Chicago. The only additional information that this depository can provide is the name of the newspaper in which the marriage appeared. {{FHL|196734|title-id|disp=FHLC #1321939}} A microfilmed copy of the ''Index to Chicago and Cook County Marriages and Deaths Reported in Chicago Newspapers 1834–1889'' compiled by Sam Fink is also available at the Newberry Library (microfilm 608, general collections 2nd, floor.)  
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'''1871''' The Great Chicago Fire from October 8-10 destroyed all records.
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Marriages for Cook County from 1833-1871 have been compiled from early Chicago newspapers and may be found in the [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index].  
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A copy of the ''Index to Chicago and Cook County Marriages and Deaths Reported in Chicago Newspapers 1834–1889'' compiled by Sam Fink is available on microfilm at the following locations. (The only additional information these records provide is the name of the newspaper in which the marriage appeared.)
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:*[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]] in Chicago. <br>
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:*{{FHL|196734|title-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog Film #1321939}} <br>
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:*The Newberry Library (microfilm 608, general collections 2nd, floor.)
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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''Black's Blue Book'':Business and professional directory; a compilation of names, addresses and telephones of all Chicago's colored business and professional people. - Chicago: F.S Black, 1917-1913.-4V.: F548.9.N3 B6
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''Scott's Blue Book'': a standard classified business and service directory of greater Chicago's colored citizens' commercial, industrial, professional, religious and other activities.- Chicago: Scott's business and Directory Service, 1939-1965. 6 v. F548.9N3 S4
  
 
=== Archives  ===
 
=== Archives  ===
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository  ====
  
Ronald Williams Library<br>Northeastern Illinois University<br>500 North St. Louis Avenue<br>Chicago, IL 60625-4699<br>(773) 442-4506&nbsp;
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Ronald Williams Library<br>Northeastern Illinois University<br>500 North St. Louis Avenue<br>Chicago, IL 60625-4699<br>(773) 442-4506  
  
Search the on-line indexes for the following IRAD&nbsp;databases that include Cook County and City of Chicago records:  
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Search the on-line indexes for the following IRAD databases that include Cook County and City of Chicago records:  
  
 
*[http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index] (1763-1900)  
 
*[http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index] (1763-1900)  
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/cookinqt.html Cook County Coroner's Inquest Record Index] (1872–1911)
 
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/cookinqt.html Cook County Coroner's Inquest Record Index] (1872–1911)
  
To request copies of original records listed in these databases, see the [[IRAD - Northeastern Illinois University|IRAD-Northern Illinois University]] wiki article. Additional records are available, but are unindexed, or the index is not available on-line.&nbsp; To see a listing of all Cook County records available through IRAD, search the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Govermental Holdings] database. Select "Cook"&nbsp;in the county list box, and hit [Submit Query].<br>  
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To request copies of original records listed in these databases, see the [[IRAD - Northeastern Illinois University|IRAD-Northern Illinois University]] wiki article. Additional records are available, but are unindexed, or the index is not available on-line.To see a listing of all Cook County records available through IRAD, search the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Holdings] database. Select "Cook"in the county list box, and hit [Submit Query].<br>  
  
==== National Archives - Great Lakes Region ====
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==== National Archives at Chicago ====
  
 
7358 South Pulaski Road<br>Chicago, IL 60629-5898<br>(773) 948-9001<br>(773) 948-9050 fax<br>chicago.archives@nara.gov  
 
7358 South Pulaski Road<br>Chicago, IL 60629-5898<br>(773) 948-9001<br>(773) 948-9050 fax<br>chicago.archives@nara.gov  
  
Records created or received by Federal agencies in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and Federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are housed at the National Archives Great Lakes Region.&nbsp; See the [[National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)|National Archives Great Lakes&nbsp;Region (Chicago)]] wiki article.<br>  
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Records created or received by Federal agencies in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and Federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are housed at the [[National Archives at Chicago]].<br>  
  
:'''Naturalization Records: from U.S. District Courts''' (RG 21) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/finding-aids/naturalization-records.html <br>  
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:'''Naturalization Records: from U.S. District Courts''' (RG 21) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin [http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/finding-aids/naturalization-records.html Link]<br>  
:'''Archival Holdings Guide''' http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/holdings/ <br>
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:'''Archival Holdings Guide''' [http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/holdings/ Link] <br>
  
 
==== Illinois and Michigan Canal and Regional History Special Collection  ====
 
==== Illinois and Michigan Canal and Regional History Special Collection  ====
  
Lewis University<br>Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection<br>One University Parkway<br>Romeoville, IL 60446-2200 <br>http://www.lewisu.edu/imcanal/index-imcanal.htm<br>  
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Lewis University<br>Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection<br>One University Parkway<br>Romeoville, IL 60446-2200 <br>[http://www.lewisu.edu/imcanal/index-imcanal.htm Lewis University - Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History]<br>  
  
 
(800) 897-9000 <br>''[actually in Will County; but collection includes records that pertain to Cook County]''  
 
(800) 897-9000 <br>''[actually in Will County; but collection includes records that pertain to Cook County]''  
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File:Cover of Album of Genealogy Cook County.png|[http://books.google.com/books?q=editions:OCLC63284891&id=EdLdPwAACAAJ Album of genealogy and biography, Cook County, Illinois: with portraits]
 
File:Cover of Album of Genealogy Cook County.png|[http://books.google.com/books?q=editions:OCLC63284891&id=EdLdPwAACAAJ Album of genealogy and biography, Cook County, Illinois: with portraits]
</gallery>&nbsp; The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Cook County edition as well as an Evanston edition. These volumes &nbsp;include a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Cook County and Evanston residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.  
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</gallery>&nbsp; The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Cook County edition as well as an Evanston edition. These volumes include a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Cook County and Evanston residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.  
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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*[http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=699&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://cook.illinoisgenweb.org/cemeteries.html ILGenWeb]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/cook/cemeteries.html ILGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/cook.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Cook#/ Billion Graves]
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=705 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=705 Findagrave.com]
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/cook.htm Cook Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Cook&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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* [https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Cook Graveyards of Illinois]
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==== Burr Oak Cemetery ====
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''Burr Oak Cemetery''
  
 
4400 W. 127th Street<br>Alsip, IL 60803<br>(773) 233-5676  
 
4400 W. 127th Street<br>Alsip, IL 60803<br>(773) 233-5676  
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Searchable [http://www.burroakmemorial.com/ burials database] provides burial information, a map of the cemetery, and a photo of the headstone, if available. The cemetery filed for bankruptcy in 2009 following allegations of grave tampering and the re-selling of graves that resulted in numerous lawsuits. The Cook County Sheriff's Office continues to research and publish updates to the database.  
 
Searchable [http://www.burroakmemorial.com/ burials database] provides burial information, a map of the cemetery, and a photo of the headstone, if available. The cemetery filed for bankruptcy in 2009 following allegations of grave tampering and the re-selling of graves that resulted in numerous lawsuits. The Cook County Sheriff's Office continues to research and publish updates to the database.  
  
==== Chicago City Cemetery  ====
 
  
City Cemetery existed as a burial ground from 1843 until about 1866, when further burials were legally prohibited. During that time, more than 20,000 were buried in the cemetery, which was subdivided into a Catholic Cemetery, a Jewish Cemetery, and a Potters Field. Among the number were approximately 4,000 Confederate soldiers who died at Camp Douglas who were buried in Potters Field. Disinternments began as early as 1860, as families of lot owners reinterred their loved ones in newly opened Rosehill, Graceland or Calvary cemeteries. Following the Chicago Fire of 1871, a major effort began to vacate the cemetery. The land was converted into a public park, now known as Lincoln Park. The Ira Couch family mausoleum still stands at the back of the park.  
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''Cook County Cemetery in Dunning'' Over 38,000 burials over seventy years, the cemetery served as an institutional cemetery for Cook County. A web site is available with the [http://cookcountycemetery.com/ home page] providing a lot of history about the cemetery. The [http://cookcountycemetery.com/database.aspx?x=45&y=124 database] a work in progress, has over 7800 entries. <br>
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''Chicago City Cemetery''
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City Cemetery existed as a burial ground from 1843 until about 1866, when further burials were legally prohibited. During that time, more than 20,000 were buried in the cemetery, which was subdivided into a Catholic Cemetery, a Jewish Cemetery, and a Potters Field. Among the number were approximately 4,000 Confederate soldiers who died at Camp Douglas who were buried in Potters Field. Dis-internments began as early as 1860, as families of lot owners re-interred their loved ones in newly opened Rosehill, Graceland or Calvary cemeteries. Following the Chicago Fire of 1871, a major effort began to vacate the cemetery. The land was converted into a public park, now known as Lincoln Park. The Ira Couch family mausoleum still stands at the back of the park.  
  
 
A well-researched account of the old City Cemetery is available on the website [http://hiddentruths.northwestern.edu/home.html ''Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park''.] The website also include an online database of original [http://hiddentruths.northwestern.edu/lots.html Cemetery lot owners] and a [http://hiddentruths.northwestern.edu/surveys.html map].  
 
A well-researched account of the old City Cemetery is available on the website [http://hiddentruths.northwestern.edu/home.html ''Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park''.] The website also include an online database of original [http://hiddentruths.northwestern.edu/lots.html Cemetery lot owners] and a [http://hiddentruths.northwestern.edu/surveys.html map].  
  
==== Graceland Cemetery ====
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''Graceland Cemetery''
  
 
4001 North Clark Street<br>Chicago, IL 60613-1992<br>(773) 525-1105<br>(773) 525-9091 fax  
 
4001 North Clark Street<br>Chicago, IL 60613-1992<br>(773) 525-1105<br>(773) 525-9091 fax  
  
[http://www.gracelandcemetery.org/ Graceland Cemetery] was established in 1860 by Thomas Bryan, a prominent Chicago lawyer and is owned and operated by the Trustees of the Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund, a not-for-profit trust. The cemetery's web site includes Graceof prominent Chicagoans buried there. [http://www.gracelandcemetery.org/pages/genealogy.html Genealogy Inquiries] can be made by mail, fax, or e-mail.  
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[http://www.gracelandcemetery.org/ Graceland Cemetery] was established in 1860 by Thomas Bryan, a prominent Chicago lawyer and is owned and operated by the Trustees of the Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund, a not-for-profit trust. The cemetery's web site includes Grace of prominent Chicagoans buried there. [http://www.gracelandcemetery.org/pages/genealogy.html Genealogy Inquiries] can be made by mail, fax, or e-mail.  
  
 
In 1946, the Aaron Miner Chapter D.A.R. (Chicago) prepared a ''List of Cemeteries in Cook - Lake - Will Counties Containing Graves of the Military Dead Who Served in the Wars of the United States''. [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29771 Ancestry] ($) digitized this publication.<ref>''Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls''. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29771 Ancestry] ($).</ref>  
 
In 1946, the Aaron Miner Chapter D.A.R. (Chicago) prepared a ''List of Cemeteries in Cook - Lake - Will Counties Containing Graves of the Military Dead Who Served in the Wars of the United States''. [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29771 Ancestry] ($) digitized this publication.<ref>''Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls''. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29771 Ancestry] ($).</ref>  
  
==== Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Chicago  ====
 
  
Looking for the burial location of a family member or friend? To serve the many families that visit the [http://www.catholiccemeterieschicago.org/cemeterynews.php#location Catholic cemeteries], self-serve kiosks have been installed in major cemetery offices in the archdiocese. The kiosk is an all-encompassing 'open book' to burial records with exact locations &amp; maps for Catholics buried in Chicago. The best part is each kiosk has the same information. Find the nearest kiosk to do all research in one location, versus hunting at each individual cemetery. Currently there are kiosks at 15 locations throughout Cook County.
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''Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Chicago''
  
BillionGraves pages for individual cemeteries:  
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*''1864 - 1989'' - {{RecordSearch|1503083|Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago, Cemetery Records, 1864-1989}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=18735 All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines]
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Looking for the burial location of a family member or friend? To serve the many families that visit the [http://www.catholiccemeterieschicago.org/cemeterynews.php#location Catholic cemeteries], self-serve kiosks have been installed in major cemetery offices in the archdiocese. The kiosk is an all-encompassing 'open book' to burial records with exact locations &amp; maps for Catholics buried in Chicago. The best part is each kiosk has the same information. Find the nearest kiosk to do all research in one location, versus hunting at each individual cemetery. Currently there are kiosks at 15 locations throughout Cook County.
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158624 Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago]  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=26418 Homewood Memorial Gardens, Thornton]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=21939 Lithuanian National Cemetery, Justice]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=22289 Memorial Cemetery, Skokie]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=23967 St. Mary's Cemetery, Des Plaines]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=22063 Town of Maine Cemetery, Park Ridge]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=130585 Wheeling Cemetery, Wheeling]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=25330 Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park]
 
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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=== Church History and Records  ===
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
 
==== Lutheran  ====
 
 
*'''[http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/History/ELCA-Archives.aspx Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America]'''
 
 
321 Bonnie Lane<br>Elk Grove Village, IL 60007<br>(847) 690-9410
 
 
s@elca.org
 
 
'''Hours: '''Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.<br>Appointments in advance of visits are advised.
 
 
'''Archives Catalog'''
 
 
'''Genealogy: Research Request'''&nbsp;
 
 
'''Lutheran Churches of Chicago: A Genealogical Guide'''
 
 
[http://www.chicagoancestors.org/ '''Map of Chicago congregation'''s]&nbsp;
 
  
 
==== Baptist  ====
 
==== Baptist  ====
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'''Chicago Baptist Association'''  
 
'''Chicago Baptist Association'''  
  
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'''Chicago Baptist City Mission Society'''  
 
'''Chicago Baptist City Mission Society'''  
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original records; 1868--1919  
 
original records; 1868--1919  
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==== Church of Christ  ====
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:*'''1843-1875''' - Lyonsville Church, Lyons Township, Baptism Index 1843-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C505581}}.
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==== Episcopal  ====
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:*'''1891-1954''' - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Evanston, Marriage Index 1891-1954 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M730951}}.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiillinoisac.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igiillinoisac.pdf]].</ref>
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==== Lutheran  ====
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*'''[http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/History/ELCA-Archives.aspx Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America]'''
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321 Bonnie Lane<br>Elk Grove Village, IL 60007<br>(847) 690-9410
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'''Hours: '''Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.<br>Appointments in advance of visits are advised.
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'''Archives Catalog'''
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'''Genealogy: Research Request'''
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'''Lutheran Churches of Chicago: A Genealogical Guide'''
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[http://www.chicagoancestors.org/ '''Map of Chicago congregation'''s]
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:*'''1868-1906''' - St. Paul's Church, Richton, Baptism Index 1868-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C730971}}.
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:*'''1870-1906''' - St. Paul's Church, Richton, Marriage Index 1870-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M730971}}.
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==== Methodist  ====
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:*'''1857-1929''' - First United Methodist Church, Evanston, Baptism Index 1857-1929 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C730941}}.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igiillinoisac.pdf.</ref>
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:*'''1857-1929''' - First United Methodist Church, Evanston, Marriage Index 1857-1929 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M730941}}.
  
 
==== German Church Records  ====
 
==== German Church Records  ====
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=== Directories  ===
 
=== Directories  ===
  
*[http://www.fold3.com Fold3.com] ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_22/city_directories_chicago Chicago City Directories 1843-1917, 1923] (only 3 yrs. missing) available online.  
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*[http://www.fold3.com Fold3.com] ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_22/city_directories_chicago Chicago City Directories 1843-1917, 1923] (only 3 yrs. missing) available online.
*The spurring metropolis that is Chicago and the directories that came out during late 1800’s and early 1900’s could help you find ancestors that made a pit stop in those urban records or took up long term residence. Social registers, blue books and other directories could be what you need to fill that gap in your timeline between the missing 1880-1900 Federal Census and assist during the 1909 and 1911 Chicago city street renumbering. Most suburbs are&nbsp;listed within these publications and can be also be considered Cook County resources. <br>[http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/1909snc/start.pdf 1909 Renumbering] <br>[http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/1911snc/start.pdf 1911 Renumbering]  
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* Google Books has The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago for [https://books.google.com/books?id=bN8CAAAAYAAJ 1876] and [https://books.google.com/books?id=VB9WoDuBaKAC 1887]. 
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*The spurring metropolis that is Chicago and the directories that came out during late 1800’s and early 1900’s could help you find ancestors that made a pit stop in those urban records or took up long term residence. Social registers, blue books and other directories could be what you need to fill that gap in your timeline between the missing 1880-1900 Federal Census and assist during the 1909 and 1911 Chicago city street renumbering. Most suburbs are listed within these publications and can be also be considered Cook County resources. <br>[http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/1909snc/start.pdf 1909 Renumbering] <br>[http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/1911snc/start.pdf 1911 Renumbering]  
 
*[http://www.archive.org/stream/bontondirectoryg79harr#page/n7/mode/2up The Bon-Ton Directory of 1879] will help in locating the “most prominent and fashionable ladies” of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  
 
*[http://www.archive.org/stream/bontondirectoryg79harr#page/n7/mode/2up The Bon-Ton Directory of 1879] will help in locating the “most prominent and fashionable ladies” of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  
*The Elite City and Club lists for [http://www.archive.org/stream/reverseddirector00lawr#page/n7/mode/2up 1883-84] (reversed), [http://www.archive.org/stream/elitedirectorycl86chic#page/n9/mode/2up 1885-86] and [http://www.archive.org/stream/elitedirectorycl89chic#page/n9/mode/2up 1888-89] are available to check if your&nbsp;relatives were members of clubs&nbsp;such as the Amateur Musical Club&nbsp;or other social clubs of that area and era.  
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*The Elite City and Club lists for [http://www.archive.org/stream/reverseddirector00lawr#page/n7/mode/2up 1883-84] (reversed), [http://www.archive.org/stream/elitedirectorycl86chic#page/n9/mode/2up 1885-86] and [http://www.archive.org/stream/elitedirectorycl89chic#page/n9/mode/2up 1888-89] are available to check if your relatives were members of clubs such as the Amateur Musical Club or other social clubs of that area and era.  
 
*The Social Register for the years [http://www.archive.org/stream/socialregisterch07newy#page/n5/mode/2up 1899-1907], [http://www.archive.org/stream/socialregisterch08newy#page/n7/mode/2up 1908], [http://www.archive.org/stream/socialregisterch12newy#page/n9/mode/2up 1912], and [http://www.archive.org/stream/socialregisterch22newy#page/n7/mode/2up 1922] offer such sections as the names of married maidens.
 
*The Social Register for the years [http://www.archive.org/stream/socialregisterch07newy#page/n5/mode/2up 1899-1907], [http://www.archive.org/stream/socialregisterch08newy#page/n7/mode/2up 1908], [http://www.archive.org/stream/socialregisterch12newy#page/n9/mode/2up 1912], and [http://www.archive.org/stream/socialregisterch22newy#page/n7/mode/2up 1922] offer such sections as the names of married maidens.
  
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118 North Clark Street<br>Room 120<br>Chicago, Illinois 60602<br>(312) 603-5050<br>  
 
118 North Clark Street<br>Room 120<br>Chicago, Illinois 60602<br>(312) 603-5050<br>  
  
See the [http://www.ccrd.info/CCRD/il031/help/LegalExs.jsp Township and Sectional Map of Cook County] for information about townships, subdivisions, and sections.  
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See the [http://www.cookcountyil.gov/maps-and-data Township and Sectional Map of Cook County] for information about townships, subdivisions, and sections.  
  
 
To do land research in Cook County, one needs to have the legal description of the property. It is possible to obtain a legal description if one has the "modern" address of the property. Link to the Legal Description Search Request page at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds' Website.  
 
To do land research in Cook County, one needs to have the legal description of the property. It is possible to obtain a legal description if one has the "modern" address of the property. Link to the Legal Description Search Request page at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds' Website.  
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It is possible that your ancestor was responsible for the construction of the building that they lived or worked in. The Chicago Historical Society&nbsp;has an index to [http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/1898-1912permits/search.asp building permits ]issued between the years of 1898-1912. The index is searchable by original owner's name, historical street name, architect, and the contractor issue date.  
 
It is possible that your ancestor was responsible for the construction of the building that they lived or worked in. The Chicago Historical Society&nbsp;has an index to [http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/1898-1912permits/search.asp building permits ]issued between the years of 1898-1912. The index is searchable by original owner's name, historical street name, architect, and the contractor issue date.  
  
The historical street name field in this search hints at the fact that Chicago streets have undergone several name changes over time. The Newberry Library&nbsp;has three excellent [http://www.chicagoancestors.org/#tab-tools documents] detailing the changes. Specifically, there are .pdf files for the 1909 and 1911 street renumberings and a general index to old and new street names.  
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The historical street name field in this search hints at the fact that Chicago streets have undergone several name changes over time. The Newberry Library has three excellent [http://www.chicagoancestors.org/#tab-tools documents] detailing the changes. Specifically, there are .pdf files for the 1909 and 1911 street re-numberings and a general index to old and new street names.  
  
With a current address for a historical property, it is easy to find and see the current structure at a location, for example by using [http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/ Google Maps street view ]. To find out if the current structure is where an ancestor lived, a helpful tool is the [http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/Property_Search/Property_Search.aspx Cook County Assessor's search]. It is available through their webpage:. The basic search requires an identifying PIN for the property, however, an advanced search provides a more convenient search by address. In this search, be as general as possible in the street name for best results (for example, enter 59 instead of 59th Street). In addition to a description of the property, the results of this search provide a recent picture and the structure's age. This page will tell you if the building you see today is the same one that an ancestor lived or worked in many years ago.  
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With a current address for a historical property, it is easy to find and see the current structure at a location, for example by using [http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/ Google Maps street view ]. To find out if the current structure is where an ancestor lived, a helpful tool is the [http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/Property_Search/Property_Search.aspx Cook County Assessor's search]. It is available through their webpage:. The basic search requires an identifying PIN for the property, however, an advanced search provides a more convenient search by address. In this search, be as general as possible in the street name for best results (for example, enter 59 instead of 59th Street). In addition to a description of the property, the results of this search provide a recent picture and the structure's age. This page will tell you if the building you see today is the same one that an ancestor lived or worked in many years ago.
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Ilcook.jpg|400px|Ilcook.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/illinois-maps/il-cook-county-illinois-1870-map.html Township Map of 1870 Cook County, Illinois] with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
  
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
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:- [[13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
 
:- [[13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
 
:- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies A, D, K, and M.  
 
:- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies A, D, K, and M.  
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:- [[15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry|15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry]], Company A
 
:- [[16th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|16th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies A, B, C, D, G, I, L, and M.  
 
:- [[16th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|16th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies A, B, C, D, G, I, L, and M.  
 
:- [[17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies A, B, C, H, K, and L.  
 
:- [[17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies A, B, C, H, K, and L.  
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:- [[147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies D, F, H and K.<br>  
 
:- [[147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies D, F, H and K.<br>  
 
:- [[153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)]], Companies E, F, H and I.<br>  
 
:- [[153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)]], Companies E, F, H and I.<br>  
:- [[156th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|156th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C, E, I, and K.
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:- [[156th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|156th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C, E, I, and K.  
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:- [[69th Regiment, New York Infantry|69th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company D.
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:- [[14th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)|14th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)]], Company I<br>:- [[6th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)|6th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)]], Company I<br>:- [[7th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)|7th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)]], Company I<br>:- [[8th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)|8th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)]], Company G<br><br>
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/military/burials/search_cookcoroll.php The Roll of Honor, Containing the Names of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of All the Wars of Our Country Who Are Buried in the Cemeteries of Cook County] by Eli Robert Lewis (Chicago, Ill.: Printing Products Corp., 1922). Digitized, searchable book.
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/military/burials/search_cookcoroll.php The Roll of Honor, Containing the Names of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of All the Wars of Our Country Who Are Buried in the Cemeteries of Cook County] by Eli Robert Lewis (Chicago, Ill.: Printing Products Corp., 1922). Digitized, searchable book.
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
  
Cook County Clerk of Circuit Court has posted an index to their [http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NR/ Natualization Declaration of Intentions]. If you find the record in the index, you can order these records for a small cost. They also hold the petitions and naturalization certificates for the Superior Court. An index to the petitions and naturalization certificates from the Superior Court may be found in the Family History Library Catalog, film numbers 1,023,967-1,023,968.  
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Cook County Clerk of Circuit Court has posted an index to their [http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NR/ Naturalization Declaration of Intentions]. If you find the record in the index, you can order these records for a small cost. They also hold the petitions and naturalization certificates for the Superior Court. An index to the petitions and naturalization certificates from the Superior Court may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog, film numbers 1,023,967-1,023,968.  
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
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*[http://www.pgsa.org/dzien9029.php Index to the Obituaries and Death Notices Appearing in the ''Dziennik Chicagoski'' 1890-1929], courtesy: [http://www.pgsa.org/index.php Polish Genealogical Society of America].  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/dzien9029.php Index to the Obituaries and Death Notices Appearing in the ''Dziennik Chicagoski'' 1890-1929], courtesy: [http://www.pgsa.org/index.php Polish Genealogical Society of America].  
 
*''The Chicago Tribune'' from 1849 to 1986 has been digitized by ProQuest.  
 
*''The Chicago Tribune'' from 1849 to 1986 has been digitized by ProQuest.  
*[http://ecollections.crl.edu/cdm4/index_dz.php?CISOROOT=/dz Dziennik Zwiazkowy] Historical Newspapers&nbsp; This resource has 10&nbsp;years (1908-1917) of a Chicago&nbsp;Polish newspaper, available for download as a&nbsp;pdf.&nbsp; Please note that this is not the newspaper in the PGSA databases.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*[http://ecollections.crl.edu/cdm4/index_dz.php?CISOROOT=/dz Dziennik Zwiazkowy] Historical Newspapers. This resource has 10 years (1908-1917) of a Chicago Polish newspaper, available for download as a pdf. Please note that this is not the newspaper in the PGSA databases.
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=== Obituaries ===
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*'''1970 - 1990''' - {{RecordSearch|2258580|Illinois, Cook County, Obituaries, ca. 1970-1990}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Probate Records ===
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1772 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9048 Illinois Wills and Probate Records 1772-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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*'''Public Libraries'''
 
*'''Public Libraries'''
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; '''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Illinois,_Cook,_Maywood_Public_Library,_Obituary_Index_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Illinios, Cook, Maywood Public Library, Obituary Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
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[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Illinois,_Cook,_Maywood_Public_Library,_Obituary_Index_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Illinois, Cook, Maywood Public Library, Obituary Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-vital-records/ How to order Illinois Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].
  
 
The records for Chicago and Cook County are available for as early as 1871. Earlier records were destroyed by Chicago fire of October 8, 1871. Many Cook County, Illinois births, marriages, and deaths indexes and images are now available online:  
 
The records for Chicago and Cook County are available for as early as 1871. Earlier records were destroyed by Chicago fire of October 8, 1871. Many Cook County, Illinois births, marriages, and deaths indexes and images are now available online:  
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'''Cook County, Illinois Births - Online, Index and Images'''  
 
'''Cook County, Illinois Births - Online, Index and Images'''  
  
:*{{RecordSearch|1462519|Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922}} - Free, Index and Images  
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:*'''1871-1915''' {{RecordSearch|1463129|Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915}} - Free, Index and Images  
:*{{RecordSearch|1463129|Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915}} - Free, Index and Images
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:*'''1871-1940''' {{RecordSearch|1462519|Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
:*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com Cook County Births from Cook County Clerk Website] - Index: Free (but you must register); Images: $ (some images on demand)
 
:*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com Cook County Births from Cook County Clerk Website] - Index: Free (but you must register); Images: $ (some images on demand)
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Family History Library Chicago birth index, 1871-1916 {{FHL|6016532|item|disp=FHL fiche 6016532}}
  
 
'''Cook County, Illinois Marriages - Online, Index and Images'''  
 
'''Cook County, Illinois Marriages - Online, Index and Images'''  
 
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:*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
:*{{RecordSearch|1463145|Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920}} - Free, Index and Images  
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:*'''1810-1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1871-1920''' {{RecordSearch|1463145|Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920}} - Free, Index and Images  
 
:*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com Cook County Marriages from Cook County Clerk Website] - Index: Free (but you must register); Images: $ (some images on demand)
 
:*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com Cook County Marriages from Cook County Clerk Website] - Index: Free (but you must register); Images: $ (some images on demand)
  
 
'''Cook County, Illinois Deaths - Online, Index and Images'''  
 
'''Cook County, Illinois Deaths - Online, Index and Images'''  
  
:*{{RecordSearch|1463134|Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922}} - Free, Index and Images
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:*'''1878-1994''' {{RecordSearch|1463134|Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1916-1947''' {{RecordSearch|1438856|Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947}} Includes Cook County and Chicago.<br>
 
:*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com Cook County Deaths from Cook County Clerk Website] - Index: Free (but you must register); Images: $ (some images on demand) <br>  
 
:*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com Cook County Deaths from Cook County Clerk Website] - Index: Free (but you must register); Images: $ (some images on demand) <br>  
 
:*[http://www.deathindexes.com/illinois/cook.html Additional Death Indexes for Cook County] - Various  
 
:*[http://www.deathindexes.com/illinois/cook.html Additional Death Indexes for Cook County] - Various  
:*{{RecordSearch|1438856|Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947}} Includes Cook County and Chicago.<br>
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Family History Library Chicago death index, 1871-1916 {{FHL|601533|disp=FHL fiche 6016533}}  
  
 
For birth and marriage records after these years, check with the [http://www.cookctyclerk.com/sub/genealogy_requests.asp?VR=2 Cook County Clerk's Office].  
 
For birth and marriage records after these years, check with the [http://www.cookctyclerk.com/sub/genealogy_requests.asp?VR=2 Cook County Clerk's Office].  
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'''Chicago and Cook County Birth Index, 1871-1916''' '''on microfilm'''  
 
'''Chicago and Cook County Birth Index, 1871-1916''' '''on microfilm'''  
  
Instructions on how to search the Chicago and Cook County Birth Index on microfilm as well as Family History Library microfilm numbers can be found in the {{FSbook|71266}} found online.  
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Instructions on how to search the Chicago and Cook County Birth Index on microfilm as well as Family History Library microfilm numbers can be found in the {{FS book|71266}} found online.  
  
 
These birth index microfilms can be searched at the following repositories.  
 
These birth index microfilms can be searched at the following repositories.  
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[[Wilmette Illinois Family History Center|Wilmette Family History Center]]  
 
[[Wilmette Illinois Family History Center|Wilmette Family History Center]]  
  
These microfilms can also be loaned to any[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History&nbsp;Library Center.]]  
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These microfilms can also be loaned to any[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Library Center.]]
  
 
=== Voter Registration  ===
 
=== Voter Registration  ===
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[[Image:Chicago Library Downtown.png|border|right|200px|Chicago Library Downtown.png]] 400 South State Street<br>Chicago, Illinois 60605<br>(312) 747-4300<br>(312) 747-4875 Special Collections, 9th Floor<br>(312) 747-4890 fax<br>specoll@chipublib.org<br>Website: [http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/ Harold Washington Library Center]  
 
[[Image:Chicago Library Downtown.png|border|right|200px|Chicago Library Downtown.png]] 400 South State Street<br>Chicago, Illinois 60605<br>(312) 747-4300<br>(312) 747-4875 Special Collections, 9th Floor<br>(312) 747-4890 fax<br>specoll@chipublib.org<br>Website: [http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/ Harold Washington Library Center]  
 
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=== '''The Newberry Library'''  ===
 
=== '''The Newberry Library'''  ===
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[[Image:Newberry library2.jpg|border|right|200px|Newberry library2.jpg]] 60 West Walton Street<br>Chicago, IL 60610-7324<br>(312) 943–9090<br>Website: [http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/collections.html The Newberry Library]  
 
[[Image:Newberry library2.jpg|border|right|200px|Newberry library2.jpg]] 60 West Walton Street<br>Chicago, IL 60610-7324<br>(312) 943–9090<br>Website: [http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/collections.html The Newberry Library]  
  
'''Reading Room hours'''<br>Tuesday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (item requests 9:00 am–noon, and 1:00–4:00 pm)<br>Saturday 9:00 am–1:00 pm (Item requests 9:00 am-noon)<br><br>[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy-and-local-history <u>G</u>enealogy and Local History Section]  
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'''Reading Room hours'''<br>Tuesday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (item requests 9:00 am–noon, and 1:00–4:00 pm)<br>Saturday 9:00 am–1:00 pm (Item requests 9:00 am-noon)<br><br>[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy-and-local-history <u>Genealogy and Local History Section</u>]  
  
 
[http://www.newberry.org/contact-librarian <u></u>Contact a Librarian]  
 
[http://www.newberry.org/contact-librarian <u></u>Contact a Librarian]  
  
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=== '''Elk Grove Village Library'''<br>  ===
 
=== '''Elk Grove Village Library'''<br>  ===
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9427 South Raymond Avenue; Oak Lawn, IL 60453; 708-422-4990<br>Website: [http://www.lib.oak-lawn.il.us/index.shtml Oak Lawn Public Library]<br>Hours: Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday &amp; Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00–5:00 p.m. (mid-September through mid-May) <br>  
 
9427 South Raymond Avenue; Oak Lawn, IL 60453; 708-422-4990<br>Website: [http://www.lib.oak-lawn.il.us/index.shtml Oak Lawn Public Library]<br>Hours: Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday &amp; Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00–5:00 p.m. (mid-September through mid-May) <br>  
  
The Oak Lawn Public Library Local History collections includes photos, yearbooks, phone books, and a collection of obituaries from local newspapers.&nbsp; The local [http://www.lib.oak-lawn.il.us/indexsearch/lhobits.shtml Obituary Index] is searchable online, and includes 200,000+ obituaries and death notices published since 1 January 1985 in a dozen southwestern Chicago-area newspapers. Copies of local obituaries available using the [http://www.lib.oak-lawn.il.us/Obituary%20Request%20Form%202008.pdf Obitiuary Search Request] form.<br>  
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The Oak Lawn Public Library Local History collections includes photos, yearbooks, phone books, and a collection of obituaries from local newspapers.&nbsp; The local [http://www.lib.oak-lawn.il.us/indexsearch/lhobits.shtml Obituary Index] is searchable online, and includes 200,000+ obituaries and death notices published since 1 January 1985 in a dozen southwestern Chicago-area newspapers. Copies of local obituaries available using the [http://www.lib.oak-lawn.il.us/Obituary%20Request%20Form%202008.pdf Obituary Search Request] form.<br>  
  
 
=== Family Search Centers  ===
 
=== Family Search Centers  ===
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There are seven [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|FamilySearch Centers]] in the Chicago area:  
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*[[Wilmette Illinois Family History Center]]
 
*[[Wilmette Illinois Family History Center]]
  
Each Family History Center's operating hours and collections are unique, so contact the [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center nearest you]] to learn what resources are available.&nbsp; In some cases, you may opt to visit a center further from your home in order to take advantage of a center's unique on-site collections or hours that are better suited to your schedule.  
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Each Family History Center's operating hours and collections are unique, so contact the [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center nearest you]] to learn what resources are available.In some cases, you may opt to visit a center further from your home in order to take advantage of a center's unique on-site collections or hours that are better suited to your schedule.  
  
 
== Societies  ==
 
== Societies  ==
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=== '''Chicago Genealogical Society'''  ===
 
=== '''Chicago Genealogical Society'''  ===
  
P.O. Box 1160; Chicago, IL 60690-1160<br>  
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'''Chicago Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 1160<br> Chicago, IL 60690-1160<br>[http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/aboutus.html Website]<br><br>
 
 
[http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/aboutus.html http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/aboutus.html]  
 
  
 
Online databases.  
 
Online databases.  
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#[http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/CGSMembersSurnameDatabase/A.htm CGS Members Surname Database]  
 
#[http://www.chicagogenealogy.org/CGSMembersSurnameDatabase/A.htm CGS Members Surname Database]  
 
#[http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm4/index_nby_cgs.php?CISOROOT=/nby_cgs The Chicago Genealogist Quarterly]
 
#[http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm4/index_nby_cgs.php?CISOROOT=/nby_cgs The Chicago Genealogist Quarterly]
 
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=== '''South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society'''  ===
 
=== '''South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society'''  ===
  
3000 West 170th Place; Hazel Crest, IL 60429-1174; 708-335-3340; ssghs@usa.net) http://www.ssghs.org/<br>Library is located in the same building as the Municipal Center/Police Department.<br>Library hours:<br>Monday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Tuesday: 1:00–5:00 p.m.; Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Thursday: closed; Friday: 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; first Saturday of the month: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; second Saturday of the month: 12:00–4:00 p.m.; Sunday: closed<br>Holdings include:<br>  
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3000 West 170th Place; Hazel Crest, IL 60429-1174; 708-335-3340; ssghs@usa.net) [http://www.ssghs.org/ South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society]<br>Library is located in the same building as the Municipal Center/Police Department.<br>Library hours:<br>Monday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Tuesday: 1:00–5:00 p.m.; Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Thursday: closed; Friday: 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; first Saturday of the month: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; second Saturday of the month: 12:00–4:00 p.m.; Sunday: closed<br>Holdings include:<br>  
  
 
*'''Oak Forest Hospital Cemetery '''Burial place for indigent people who died in Cook County and also for people who died at Oak Forest Hospital when it was a TB Sanitarium for Cook County.&nbsp; Three rolls of microfilm covering seven books of burial records (4 March 1911-17 November 1971).  
 
*'''Oak Forest Hospital Cemetery '''Burial place for indigent people who died in Cook County and also for people who died at Oak Forest Hospital when it was a TB Sanitarium for Cook County.&nbsp; Three rolls of microfilm covering seven books of burial records (4 March 1911-17 November 1971).  
*'''Pullman Car Company Employee Records '''Pullman Car Works (111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue) was one of the largest employers in the Chicago area. There are approximately 200,000 packets for individuals in the collection (1900-1949). Request a free "quick search" using the email [http://www.ssghs.org/pullman-quicksearch.htm Quick&nbsp;Search Request].<br>
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*'''Pullman Car Company Employee Records '''Pullman Car Works (111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue) was one of the largest employers in the Chicago area. There are approximately 200,000 packets for individuals in the collection (1900-1949). Request a free "quick search" using the email [http://www.ssghs.org/pullman-quicksearch.htm Quick Search Request].<br>
  
 
Online databases:  
 
Online databases:  
  
*[http://www.ssghs.org/able_bodied.htm Able-Bodied Men Military Census 1861--1862]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.ssghs.org/able_bodied.htm Able-Bodied Men Military Census 1861--1862]  
 
*[http://www.ssghs.org/cemetery_index.htm Cemetery Master Index by Township]  
 
*[http://www.ssghs.org/cemetery_index.htm Cemetery Master Index by Township]  
 
*[http://www.ssghs.org/letters.htm WWII Harvey, Illinois Letters]<br>
 
*[http://www.ssghs.org/letters.htm WWII Harvey, Illinois Letters]<br>
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=== Ethnic Societies  ===
 
=== Ethnic Societies  ===
  
==== The Czech &amp; Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois  ====
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==== The Czech Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois  ====
  
P.O. Box 313; Sugar Grove, IL 60554<br>http://www.csagsi.org/<br>Library (T. G. Masaryk School; 5701 22nd Place; Cicero, IL 60804)<br>Open second Saturday September through May from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.<br>Online Resources<br>1. '''Cemetery and Church Resource Page '''<br>2. '''Topical Index to ''Korney'' Articles (1996–2009)'''  
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P.O. Box 313; Sugar Grove, IL 60554<br>[http://www.csagsi.org/ Czech &amp; Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois: CSAGSI ]<br>Library (T. G. Masaryk School; 5701 22nd Place; Cicero, IL 60804)<br>Open second Saturday September through May from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.<br>Online Resources<br>1. '''Cemetery and Church Resource Page '''<br>2. '''Topical Index to ''Korney'' Articles (1996–2009)'''  
  
 
==== Irish American Heritage Center  ====
 
==== Irish American Heritage Center  ====
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==== Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois  ====
 
==== Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois  ====
  
P.O. Box 515; Northbrook, IL 60056-0515; info@jgsi.org<br>http://jewishgen.org/jgsi/index.html
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P.O. Box 515; Northbrook, IL 60056-0515; info@jgsi.org<br>[http://www.jgsi.org Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois]
  
Search 68,000 entries from 14 local cemeteries included in the JGSI [http://www.jewishgen.org/jgsi/projects/database/NOV11_searchform_a.html Online death index]  
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Search 68,000 entries from 14 local cemeteries included in the JGSI [http://www.jewishgen.org/ Online death index]
  
 
==== Italian  ====
 
==== Italian  ====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~itappcnc/index.htm '''POINTers in Person '''(PIP)] Chicago-North chapter is an affiliate of POINT (Pursuing Our '''Italian''' Names Together) &nbsp;See a listing of society members and their Italian&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~itappcnc/pipcnsurnames.htm Surname ]interests.'''<br>'''  
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~itappcnc/index.htm '''POINTers in Person '''(PIP)] Chicago-North chapter is an affiliate of POINT (Pursuing Our '''Italian''' Names Together)See a listing of society members and their Italian&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~itappcnc/pipcnsurnames.htm Surname ]interests.'''<br>'''  
  
 
==== German  ====
 
==== German  ====
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==== Polish Genealogical Society of America  ====
 
==== Polish Genealogical Society of America  ====
  
984 North Milwaukee Avenue; Chicago, IL 60642-4101; PGSAmerica@pgsa.org <br>http://www.pgsa.org/index.php<br>773-384-3352<br>  
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984 North Milwaukee Avenue; Chicago, IL 60642-4101; PGSAmerica@pgsa.org <br>[http://www.pgsa.org/index.php]<br>773-384-3352<br>  
  
 
'''Online databases'''  
 
'''Online databases'''  
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*[http://www.pgsa.org/CzuchBir.php Birth Index]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/CzuchBir.php Birth Index]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/dzien9029.php ''Dziennik Chicagoski'' Death Notice Index: 1890–1929]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/dzien9029.php ''Dziennik Chicagoski'' Death Notice Index: 1890–1929]  
*[http://www.pgsa.org/database.php ''Dziennik Chicagoski ''Death Notice Index: 1930–1971]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.pgsa.org/database.php ''Dziennik Chicagoski ''Death Notice Index: 1930–1971]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/CzuchMar.php Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/CzuchMar.php Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/poleschicago.php Poles of Chicago 1837–1937]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/poleschicago.php Poles of Chicago 1837–1937]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/PWEA.php Polish White Eagle Association]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/PWEA.php Polish White Eagle Association]  
*[http://www.pgsa.org/PRCUA/prcu.php PRCUA Insurance Claim File]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.pgsa.org/PRCUA/prcu.php PRCUA Insurance Claim File]  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/holytrinity.php Holy Trinity School Class 1883], Chicago, IL  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/holytrinity.php Holy Trinity School Class 1883], Chicago, IL  
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/sthedwigorph.php St. Hedwig Orphanage Census 1920], Niles Township, IL
 
*[http://www.pgsa.org/sthedwigorph.php St. Hedwig Orphanage Census 1920], Niles Township, IL
  
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== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/cook-county/ Cook County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Cook-County.htm Cook County IL Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104195621376697101310 Illinois Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://cook.illinoisgenweb.org/ The Cook County ILGenWeb Project], an member of [http://illinoisgenweb.org/ The ILGenWeb Project], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].<br>  
 
*[http://cook.illinoisgenweb.org/ The Cook County ILGenWeb Project], an member of [http://illinoisgenweb.org/ The ILGenWeb Project], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].<br>  
 
*[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/collections.html Newberry Library Genealogy Collection and Links]  
 
*[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/collections.html Newberry Library Genealogy Collection and Links]  
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Latest revision as of 19:36, 23 August 2017

United States
Illinois
Cook County

Guide to Cook County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth, marriage, death, census, family history, and military records.
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Cook County, Illinois
Seal of Cook County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Cook County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 15, 1831
County Seat Chicago
Courthouse
Cook County Circuit Court.jpg
Third Municipal District - One of Seven Main Courthouses of Cook County
Address Cook County Courthouse
69 W. Washington St.
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Cook County Website


Cook County Organization

Cook County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Cook County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1871 1856 1871 1840 1871* 1871*

Some alternate records are available for these records prior to 1871, which were destroyed in the Chicago fire.

  • Federal Land Patents
  • Chicago Title Insurance (found in the Cook County Recorder's Office)
  • Will Index Documented Record of Wills
  • Abstracts of Probate Proceedings

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Cook County are kept, see the Cook County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

Daniel Pope Cook.jpg.jpg

Cook County was named for Daniel P. Cook who was the first Attorney General of the State of Illinois and Representative in Congress from 1819 to 1827.  When the county was formed in 1831, it's total population was about one hundred people, spread over 2,464 square miles. Parts of Cook County were subsequently carved off to form Lake, DuPage, Will, and McHenry counties, trimming the county to its current size of 946 square miles.[1]   As of 2005, Cook County was the second most populous county in the United States (after Los Angeles), with a population of 5.3 million.[2] Just over half the county's population reside in Chicago, the county seat.[3]

Description

The county was named for Daniel Cook, one of the earliest and youngest statesmen in Illinois history. He served as the second U.S. Representative from Illinois and the state's first Attorney General. The County Seat is Chicago and was founded January 15, 1831. It is located in the Northeast area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

  • 15 January 1831: Cook County was created from Putnam County by an act of the Illinois State Legislature as the 54th county established in Illinois. The unincorporated Fort Dearborn settlement at the mouth of the Chicago River became the new county's seat.
  • 12 January 1836: - Will County formed from portions of Cook, Iriquois, and Unorganized Territory.
  • 16 January 1836: - McHenry County formed from north-western section of Cook county.
  • 9 February 1839: - DuPage County formed.
  • 1 March 1839: - Lake County formed from northern-most section of Cook county.

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1871 The Great Chicago Fire from October 8-10 destroyed all records.

Marriages for Cook County from 1833-1871 have been compiled from early Chicago newspapers and may be found in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.

A copy of the Index to Chicago and Cook County Marriages and Deaths Reported in Chicago Newspapers 1834–1889 compiled by Sam Fink is available on microfilm at the following locations. (The only additional information these records provide is the name of the newspaper in which the marriage appeared.)

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Resources

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Black's Blue Book:Business and professional directory; a compilation of names, addresses and telephones of all Chicago's colored business and professional people. - Chicago: F.S Black, 1917-1913.-4V.: F548.9.N3 B6

Scott's Blue Book: a standard classified business and service directory of greater Chicago's colored citizens' commercial, industrial, professional, religious and other activities.- Chicago: Scott's business and Directory Service, 1939-1965. 6 v. F548.9N3 S4

Archives

Illinois Regional Archives Depository

Ronald Williams Library
Northeastern Illinois University
500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
(773) 442-4506

Search the on-line indexes for the following IRAD databases that include Cook County and City of Chicago records:

To request copies of original records listed in these databases, see the IRAD-Northern Illinois University wiki article. Additional records are available, but are unindexed, or the index is not available on-line.To see a listing of all Cook County records available through IRAD, search the Local Governmental Holdings database. Select "Cook"in the county list box, and hit [Submit Query].

National Archives at Chicago

7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629-5898
(773) 948-9001
(773) 948-9050 fax
chicago.archives@nara.gov

Records created or received by Federal agencies in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and Federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are housed at the National Archives at Chicago.

Naturalization Records: from U.S. District Courts (RG 21) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin Link
Archival Holdings Guide Link

Illinois and Michigan Canal and Regional History Special Collection

Lewis University
Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446-2200
Lewis University - Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History

(800) 897-9000
[actually in Will County; but collection includes records that pertain to Cook County]

Hours: Monday–Thursday 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Call 815-838-0500 extension 5529 before visiting

Biography

The Chicago History Museum has a tremendous collection of on-line resources including the Biographical Dictionary of Chicago, part of the Encyclopedia of Chicago, and a photo index of portraits taken by early Chicago photographers. The Museum's collection includes tens of thousands of images from early photographers E.L. Brand and C.D. Mosher, among others, all indexed by the name of the person in the photograph, as well as by photographer and studio. Their collection can be searched at the Chicago History Museum Research Center.

  The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Cook County edition as well as an Evanston edition. These volumes include a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Cook County and Evanston residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Cook, Illinois online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information

Burr Oak Cemetery

4400 W. 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803
(773) 233-5676

Searchable burials database provides burial information, a map of the cemetery, and a photo of the headstone, if available. The cemetery filed for bankruptcy in 2009 following allegations of grave tampering and the re-selling of graves that resulted in numerous lawsuits. The Cook County Sheriff's Office continues to research and publish updates to the database.


Cook County Cemetery in Dunning Over 38,000 burials over seventy years, the cemetery served as an institutional cemetery for Cook County. A web site is available with the home page providing a lot of history about the cemetery. The database a work in progress, has over 7800 entries.


Chicago City Cemetery

City Cemetery existed as a burial ground from 1843 until about 1866, when further burials were legally prohibited. During that time, more than 20,000 were buried in the cemetery, which was subdivided into a Catholic Cemetery, a Jewish Cemetery, and a Potters Field. Among the number were approximately 4,000 Confederate soldiers who died at Camp Douglas who were buried in Potters Field. Dis-internments began as early as 1860, as families of lot owners re-interred their loved ones in newly opened Rosehill, Graceland or Calvary cemeteries. Following the Chicago Fire of 1871, a major effort began to vacate the cemetery. The land was converted into a public park, now known as Lincoln Park. The Ira Couch family mausoleum still stands at the back of the park.

A well-researched account of the old City Cemetery is available on the website Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park. The website also include an online database of original Cemetery lot owners and a map.


Graceland Cemetery

4001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613-1992
(773) 525-1105
(773) 525-9091 fax

Graceland Cemetery was established in 1860 by Thomas Bryan, a prominent Chicago lawyer and is owned and operated by the Trustees of the Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund, a not-for-profit trust. The cemetery's web site includes Grace of prominent Chicagoans buried there. Genealogy Inquiries can be made by mail, fax, or e-mail.

In 1946, the Aaron Miner Chapter D.A.R. (Chicago) prepared a List of Cemeteries in Cook - Lake - Will Counties Containing Graves of the Military Dead Who Served in the Wars of the United States. Ancestry ($) digitized this publication.[5]


Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Chicago

Looking for the burial location of a family member or friend? To serve the many families that visit the Catholic cemeteries, self-serve kiosks have been installed in major cemetery offices in the archdiocese. The kiosk is an all-encompassing 'open book' to burial records with exact locations & maps for Catholics buried in Chicago. The best part is each kiosk has the same information. Find the nearest kiosk to do all research in one location, versus hunting at each individual cemetery. Currently there are kiosks at 15 locations throughout Cook County.

Census

For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
184010,201
185043,385325.3%
1860144,954234.1%
1870349,966141.4%
1880607,52473.6%
18901,191,92296.2%
19001,838,73554.3%
19102,405,23330.8%
19203,053,01726.9%
19303,982,12330.4%
19404,063,3422.0%
19504,508,79211.0%
19605,129,72513.8%
19705,492,3697.1%
19805,253,655−4.3%
19905,105,067−2.8%
20005,376,7415.3%
20105,194,675−3.4%

Ward and ED Maps for 1870-1930 Censuses

State

Church History and Records

Baptist

American Baptist-Samuel Colgate Historical Library

3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
(678) 547-6680

Chicago Baptist Association

original records; no date

Chicago Baptist City Mission Society

original records 1889--1943

Auburn Park Baptist Church

original records; 1891--1903

Baptist Forward Movement for Missionary Education

original records 1918--1919

Highland Park Baptist Church

original records; 1917

Immanuel Baptist Church

23rd Street South Michigan Avenue

original records; 1881--1948

LaSalle Avenue Baptist Church

original records; 1868--1919

Church of Christ

Episcopal

Lutheran

321 Bonnie Lane
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 690-9410

s@elca.org

Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Appointments in advance of visits are advised.

Archives Catalog

Genealogy: Research Request

Lutheran Churches of Chicago: A Genealogical Guide

Map of Chicago congregations

Methodist

German Church Records

Roman Catholic

The Archdiocese of Chicago
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center
711 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60661

See the Genealogical Information Guide regarding collections that may be useful in genealogical research, including:

  • Sacramental Records
  • Orphanage Records
  • School Records
  • Deceased Priest Files (Restricted Collection)
  • Western Tablet, The New Word and the Chicago Catholic
  • Parish Commemorative Books
  • Other Collections and Records

Catholic Parish Information Hosted by Ethnic Societies

Scan the list of Chicago Catholic Churches, or search the Chicago Catholic Parish Database, hosted by the POINTers in Person Italian research society.

The Polish Genealogical Society of America has created a comprehensive Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915.

Directories

  • Fold3.com ($) has Chicago City Directories 1843-1917, 1923 (only 3 yrs. missing) available online.
  • Google Books has The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago for 1876 and 1887.
  • The spurring metropolis that is Chicago and the directories that came out during late 1800’s and early 1900’s could help you find ancestors that made a pit stop in those urban records or took up long term residence. Social registers, blue books and other directories could be what you need to fill that gap in your timeline between the missing 1880-1900 Federal Census and assist during the 1909 and 1911 Chicago city street renumbering. Most suburbs are listed within these publications and can be also be considered Cook County resources.
    1909 Renumbering
    1911 Renumbering
  • The Bon-Ton Directory of 1879 will help in locating the “most prominent and fashionable ladies” of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
  • The Elite City and Club lists for 1883-84 (reversed), 1885-86 and 1888-89 are available to check if your relatives were members of clubs such as the Amateur Musical Club or other social clubs of that area and era.
  • The Social Register for the years 1899-1907, 1908, 1912, and 1922 offer such sections as the names of married maidens.
  • The Chicago Blue Book of Selected Names of Chicago and Suburban Towns, which has coverage from 1890-1915 on Archive.org. Using these with census records or Chicago City directories (available on Fold3.com) can establish the address change for 1909 and 1911 street renumbering. Have a missing ancestor? Using these directories to find neighbors may help in tracking them down in censuses.

1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897,1898, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910,1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915

  • A post-1930 census gem is The Selected Directory of Italians in Chicago for the years 1930 and 1933-34.

History

Land and Property

Property research in Cook County is challenging and very time consuming. It is the reason one generally needs to exhaust every other type of record for Cook County before tackling the land research. The pre-1985 documents are available only through the office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

118 North Clark Street
Room 120
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 603-5050

See the Township and Sectional Map of Cook County for information about townships, subdivisions, and sections.

To do land research in Cook County, one needs to have the legal description of the property. It is possible to obtain a legal description if one has the "modern" address of the property. Link to the Legal Description Search Request page at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds' Website.

In Cook County there are two (2) types of conveyance (indexes) systems. One is a “regular” system that uses a geographic index instead of Grantor-Grantee indexes. The other is a Torrens or Registry System. Used for only a portion of properties in Cook County, those that had a clouded-title situation. It was a means of registering title to land with a financial guaranteed by a government unit that the title was “good”. A court action established the title and every subsequent transaction for the property had to be registered. Transactions for Torrens properties are either written in red in the tract books or there is a “T” after the grantee’s name. The Torrens systems was phased out a number of years ago.

With a legal description in hand, one needs to locate the property in the specific tract book. There are 1000+ tract books for Cook County. The tract books are ledgers. Each transaction for a particular parcel of land is recorded chronologically in the books.

Identifying the records in the tract books is the first step. The numbers recorded in the tract books are transaction numbers. To locate the deed one needs to find the transaction number in the deed books, another set of indexes. There is another set of numbers in the deed books (paging books). These are the numbers for the volume or book, the page, and the item of the recorded instrument (deed). One then orders the microfiche for the document.

It is very expensive to make copies of property records in Cook County. The first two (2) pages of each document are $10.00 and then $1.00 for each additional page.

Pre-Fire land records are privately held by a title-guaranty company. One must make an appointment to view the records. These too are organized by legal description.

Another “quirk” to be aware of is out-of-county property recordings.

Many genealogy books describe how to find land records for rural America. For ancestors who lived in a city like Chicago, though, a very different set of resources is available. There are a number of online databases that give information about historic residences in Chicago and Cook County. Armed with an address from a census, you may be able to flesh out details about an ancestor's life and get a glimpse of where they lived.

It is possible that your ancestor was responsible for the construction of the building that they lived or worked in. The Chicago Historical Society has an index to building permits issued between the years of 1898-1912. The index is searchable by original owner's name, historical street name, architect, and the contractor issue date.

The historical street name field in this search hints at the fact that Chicago streets have undergone several name changes over time. The Newberry Library has three excellent documents detailing the changes. Specifically, there are .pdf files for the 1909 and 1911 street re-numberings and a general index to old and new street names.

With a current address for a historical property, it is easy to find and see the current structure at a location, for example by using Google Maps street view . To find out if the current structure is where an ancestor lived, a helpful tool is the Cook County Assessor's search. It is available through their webpage:. The basic search requires an identifying PIN for the property, however, an advanced search provides a more convenient search by address. In this search, be as general as possible in the street name for best results (for example, enter 59 instead of 59th Street). In addition to a description of the property, the results of this search provide a recent picture and the structure's age. This page will tell you if the building you see today is the same one that an ancestor lived or worked in many years ago.

Maps

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Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Cook County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Cook County.

- 1st Regiment, Illinois Light Artillery, Batteries B, E, H, I, L, and M.
- 2nd Regiment, Illinois Light Artillery, Batteries L and M.
- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A (Also known as Grant's Escort) and Company B (Also known as Carrnichael's Cavalry Company).
- 8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies A, D, E, F, G, K, L, and M.
- 9th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies A, B, C, D, F, H, I, K, L, and M.
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company D.
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies A, B, C, D, E, G, H, I, K, and M.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, E, I, and K.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Companies A and K.
- 13th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies A, B, C, D, E, and H.
- 13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies A, D, K, and M.
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 16th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies A, B, C, D, G, I, L, and M.
- 17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies A, B, C, H, K, and L.
- 19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies, A, C, D, E, F, G, and K.
- 23rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, (Irish Brigade), Companies B, C, E, F, G, H, I, and K.
- 24th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, new Company A, Companies B, C, D, E, F, G, and H.
- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and G.
- 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C, E, F, G, H, and K.
- 42nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and G.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C
- 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, G and K.
- 52nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, C, E, F, G, and I.
- 58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, D, E, F, and H.
- 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D, F, and K.
- 61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Companies F, G, H, I and K.
- 72nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, H and K.
- 82nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, F, G, H, I and K.
- 88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, D, E, G, H, I and K.
- 89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, and K.
- 90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies E, F, G, H and I.
- 100th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 113th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C, E, and G.
- 127th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, G, and H.
- 132nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies A, B, G, I, and K.
- 134th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies A, C, D, E, F, G, I and K.
- 142nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies A, G, and I.
- 147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D, F, H and K.
- 153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Companies E, F, H and I.
- 156th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C, E, I, and K.
- 69th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company D.
- 14th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company I
:- 6th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company I
:- 7th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company I
:- 8th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company G


  • Despite the destruction of the 1890 Federal Census, a few 1890 Census Veterans Schedules for the city of Chicago in Cook County survived. They are available on roll 118 of "Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War" (NARA M123). The schedules list veterans and their widows who served as Union soldiers in the Civil War. For more information on the 1890 Veterans Schedules see Union Census Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Cook County Clerk of Circuit Court has posted an index to their Naturalization Declaration of Intentions. If you find the record in the index, you can order these records for a small cost. They also hold the petitions and naturalization certificates for the Superior Court. An index to the petitions and naturalization certificates from the Superior Court may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog, film numbers 1,023,967-1,023,968.

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Repositories

  • County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Cook County are kept, see the Cook County Courthouse page.

  • Family History Center
  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
  • Public Libraries

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Illinois, Cook, Maywood Public Library, Obituary Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.

The records for Chicago and Cook County are available for as early as 1871. Earlier records were destroyed by Chicago fire of October 8, 1871. Many Cook County, Illinois births, marriages, and deaths indexes and images are now available online:

Cook County, Illinois Births - Online, Index and Images

Family History Library Chicago birth index, 1871-1916 FHL fiche 6016532

Cook County, Illinois Marriages - Online, Index and Images

Cook County, Illinois Deaths - Online, Index and Images

Family History Library Chicago death index, 1871-1916 FHL fiche 6016533

For birth and marriage records after these years, check with the Cook County Clerk's Office.

For death records after these years, check with the Cook County Clerk's Officeor the Illinois Department of Public Health

Chicago and Cook County Birth Index, 1871-1916 on microfilm

Instructions on how to search the Chicago and Cook County Birth Index on microfilm as well as Family History Library microfilm numbers can be found in the Template:FS book found online.

These birth index microfilms can be searched at the following repositories.

Illinois State Archives

Illinois Regional Archives Depository at Northeastern Illinois University

Family History Library

Wilmette Family History Center

These microfilms can also be loaned to anyFamily History Library Center.

Voter Registration

Libraries

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 North Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910
847-392-0100; Fax: 847-506-2650
Website: Arlington Heights Memorial Library

The genealogy collection includes books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, and several databases to help with family history research. Also includes local census and local cemetery information.

Harold Washington Library Center

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400 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 747-4300
(312) 747-4875 Special Collections, 9th Floor
(312) 747-4890 fax
specoll@chipublib.org
Website: Harold Washington Library Center

The Newberry Library

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60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
(312) 943–9090
Website: The Newberry Library

Reading Room hours
Tuesday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (item requests 9:00 am–noon, and 1:00–4:00 pm)
Saturday 9:00 am–1:00 pm (Item requests 9:00 am-noon)

Genealogy and Local History Section

Contact a Librarian


Elk Grove Village Library

1001 Wellington Avenue; Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-3391
847-439-0447; Fax: 847-439-0475; TDD: 847-439-0865
Website: Elk Grove Village Library
Hours: Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00–7:00 p.m.

Oak Lawn Public Library

9427 South Raymond Avenue; Oak Lawn, IL 60453; 708-422-4990
Website: Oak Lawn Public Library
Hours: Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00–5:00 p.m. (mid-September through mid-May)

The Oak Lawn Public Library Local History collections includes photos, yearbooks, phone books, and a collection of obituaries from local newspapers.  The local Obituary Index is searchable online, and includes 200,000+ obituaries and death notices published since 1 January 1985 in a dozen southwestern Chicago-area newspapers. Copies of local obituaries available using the Obituary Search Request form.

Family Search Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

There are seven FamilySearch Centers in the Chicago area:

Each Family History Center's operating hours and collections are unique, so contact the Family History Center nearest you to learn what resources are available.In some cases, you may opt to visit a center further from your home in order to take advantage of a center's unique on-site collections or hours that are better suited to your schedule.

Societies

Chicago Genealogical Society

Chicago Genealogical Society
PO Box 1160
Chicago, IL 60690-1160
Website

Online databases.

  1. Vital Records From Chicago Newspapers, 1833-1848
  2. Vital Records From Chicago Newspapers, 1849 and later
  3. CGS Members Surname Database
  4. The Chicago Genealogist Quarterly

South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society

3000 West 170th Place; Hazel Crest, IL 60429-1174; 708-335-3340; ssghs@usa.net) South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society
Library is located in the same building as the Municipal Center/Police Department.
Library hours:
Monday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Tuesday: 1:00–5:00 p.m.; Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Thursday: closed; Friday: 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; first Saturday of the month: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; second Saturday of the month: 12:00–4:00 p.m.; Sunday: closed
Holdings include:

  • Oak Forest Hospital Cemetery Burial place for indigent people who died in Cook County and also for people who died at Oak Forest Hospital when it was a TB Sanitarium for Cook County.  Three rolls of microfilm covering seven books of burial records (4 March 1911-17 November 1971).
  • Pullman Car Company Employee Records Pullman Car Works (111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue) was one of the largest employers in the Chicago area. There are approximately 200,000 packets for individuals in the collection (1900-1949). Request a free "quick search" using the email Quick Search Request.

Online databases:

Ethnic Societies

The Czech Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois

P.O. Box 313; Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois: CSAGSI
Library (T. G. Masaryk School; 5701 22nd Place; Cicero, IL 60804)
Open second Saturday September through May from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Online Resources
1. Cemetery and Church Resource Page
2. Topical Index to Korney Articles (1996–2009)

Irish American Heritage Center

4626 North Knox Avenue; Chicago, IL 60630; 773-282-7035

Contact the Irish American Heritage Center for more information about Genealogy Sessions, held the last Sunday of each month.  The Heritage Center Library has genealogical research resources.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

P.O. Box 515; Northbrook, IL 60056-0515; info@jgsi.org
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

Search 68,000 entries from 14 local cemeteries included in the JGSI Online death index

Italian

POINTers in Person (PIP) Chicago-North chapter is an affiliate of POINT (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together)See a listing of society members and their Italian Surname interests.

German

Franzosenbusch Heritage Project

[1]The name Franzosenbusch is German for "Frenchman's Woods." Many members of the community went on to become important people in the following towns of Proviso township of Cook County: Bellwood, Broadview, Forest Park, Hilside, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Maywood, WesternSprings and Westchester. The site also provides links to genealogical sites of interest in those towns.

Polish Genealogical Society of America

984 North Milwaukee Avenue; Chicago, IL 60642-4101; PGSAmerica@pgsa.org
[2]
773-384-3352

Online databases


Websites

Wiki articles describing an online collections are found at:

References

  1. The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2005 Chicago Historical Society. The Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2004 The Newberry Library http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/335.html
  2. Cook County, Illinois official web site http://www.co.cook.il.us/portal/server.pt/community/government/226/about_cook_county
  3. US Census Bureau Quick Facts, Population as of 2008. http://quickfacts.census.gov]
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Cook County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook_County,_Illinois 4/11/2017.
  5. Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igiillinoisac.pdf.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igiillinoisac.pdf.