Cook County, Illinois Genealogy
|Cook County, Illinois|
Location in the state of Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded||January 15, 1831|
|Address|| Cook County Courthouse|
69 W. Washington St.
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Cook County Website
- 1 Cook County Organization
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 African American
- 2.2 Archives
- 2.3 Biography
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census
- 2.6 Church History and Records
- 2.7 Directories
- 2.8 History
- 2.9 Land and Property
- 2.10 Maps
- 2.11 Military History and Records
- 2.12 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.13 Newspapers
- 2.14 Repositories
- 2.15 Taxation
- 2.16 Vital Records
- 2.17 Voter Registration
- 3 Libraries
- 4 Societies
- 5 Websites
- 6 References
Cook County Organization
Cook County's civil records start the following years:
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 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.
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. 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. Just over half the county's population reside in Chicago, the county seat.
- 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.
- Interactive map of Cook County boundary changes.
8-10 October 1871: Original marriage licenses for Cook County were destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire. Marriages from 1833-1871 found in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index for Cook County are compiled from early Chicago newspapers. This compilation is known as the Sam Fink Index. A copy of the Sam Fink Index is available on microfilm at the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at 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. 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.)
The following have information concerning African American research.
- African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records
- 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
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Ronald Williams Library
Northeastern Illinois University
500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
Search the on-line indexes for the following IRAD databases that include Cook County and City of Chicago records:
- Illinois Statewide Marriage Index (1763-1900)
- Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
- Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916 (1871-1915 for Cook County)
- Chicago City Council Proceedings Files Index (1833–1871)
- Chicago Police Department Homicide Record (1870–1930)
- Cook County Coroner's Inquest Record Index (1872–1911)
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 Govermental Holdings database. Select "Cook" in the county list box, and hit [Submit Query].
National Archives - Great Lakes Region
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629-5898
(773) 948-9050 fax
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. See the National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago) wiki article.
- 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
- Archival Holdings Guide http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/holdings/
Illinois and Michigan Canal and Regional History Special Collection
Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446-2200
[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
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.
- 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.
- Illinois Cemeteries by county.
Burr Oak Cemetery
4400 W. 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803
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 maintains a web site with Burr Oak Cemetery Information, more than 50,000 headstone photos, and other cemetery information.
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.
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.
4001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613-1992
(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 Graceof 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.
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.
BillionGraves pages for individual cemeteries:
- All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines
- Homewood Memorial Gardens, Thornton
- Memorial Cemetery, Skokie
- St. Mary's Cemetery, Des Plaines
- Town of Maine Cemetery, Park Ridge
- Wheeling Cemetery, Wheeling
For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.
Church History and Records
- Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
321 Bonnie Lane
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Appointments in advance of visits are advised.
Archives Catalog: online
Genealogy: Research Request http://archive.elca.org/archives/geneal.html
Lutheran Churches of Chicago: A Genealogical Guide http://archive.elca.org/archives/chicagochurches/chicago.html
Map of Chicago congregations at ChicagoAncestors.org http://www.chicagoancestors.org/
American Baptist-Samuel Colgate Historical Library
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
Chicago Baptist Association
orignal 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
German Church Records
- The Archdiocese of Chicago
711 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL. 60661
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center
Site gives information on the following types of genealogical materials and information on contacting them:
- 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
The Polish Genealogical Society of America has created a comprehensive Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915.
- Fold3.com ($) has 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 listed within these publications and can be also be considered Cook County resources.
- 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.
- A post-1930 census gem is The Selected Directory of Italians in Chicago for the years 1930 and 1933-34.
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 at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office.
118 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 603-5063 fax
Hours, Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
Township and Sectional Map of Cook County
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 renumberings 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.
Military History and Records
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.
- - 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- The Hyde Park Herald (1882–2008) - Digitized; searchable collection of newspapers from the South Side Chicago neighborhood.
- Oak Lawn Public Library Obituaries from Local Newspapers - Index to 200,000+ obituaries and death notices published 1 January 1985 to the present in the following newspapers: Beverly Review, Blue Island Forum, Blue Island Sun Independent, Daily Southtown, Oak Lawn Independent, Oak Lawn Reporter, Southtown Economist, Southtown Star, Southwest Courier, Southwest News-Herald (Chicago edition), Southwest News-Herald, (Oak Lawn edition), and the Star (Oak Lawn edition).
- Index to the Obituaries and Death Notices Appearing in the Dziennik Chicagoski 1890-1929, courtesy: Polish Genealogical Society of America.
- The Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1986 has been digitized by ProQuest.
- 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.
- 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
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
- Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922 - Free, Index and Images
- Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915 - Free, Index and Images
- Cook County Births from Cook County Clerk Website - Index: Free (but you must register); Images: $ (some images on demand)
Cook County, Illinois Marriages - Online, Index and Images
- Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920 - Free, Index and Images
- 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
- Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922 - Free, Index and Images
- Cook County Deaths from Cook County Clerk Website - Index: Free (but you must register); Images: $ (some images on demand)
- Additional Death Indexes for Cook County - Various
- Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 Includes Cook County and Chicago.
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 Register of Chicago Vital Records: Births, Marriages, and Deaths found online.
These birth index microfilms can be searched at the following repositories.
These microfilms can also be loaned to anyFamily History Library Center.
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
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 747-4875 Special Collections, 9th Floor
(312) 747-4890 fax
Website: Harold Washington Library Center
The Newberry Library
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
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 Collection Guides and Research Tools
Quick Search Services: Fee $7.00 per search
* Chicago Newspaper Death Notice/Obituary Search
* City Directory Search
* Chicago Ward/Enumeration District Location Search
* Chicago Church Records Search
* Birth and Death Index Searches
* Census Index Search
* Census Search
* Federal Census of Illinois: Soundex Search Request
* Ireland's Townland Ordnance Survey Maps
* Naturalization Soundex Search
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 Obitiuary Search Request form.
Family History Centers
There are seven LDS Family History Centers in the Chicago area:
- Chicago Heights Illinois Family History Center
- Chicago Illinois Family History Center
- Hyde Park Illinois Family History Center (Chicago)
- Orland Park Illinois Family History Center (Palos Park)
- Schaumburg Illinois Family History Center
- Westchester Illinois Family History Center
- Wilmette Illinois Family History Center
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.
Chicago Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1160; Chicago, IL 60690-1160
- Vital Records From Chicago Newspapers, 1833-1848
- Vital Records From Chicago Newspapers, 1849 and later
- CGS Members Surname Database
South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society
3000 West 170th Place; Hazel Crest, IL 60429-1174; 708-335-3340; email@example.com) http://www.ssghs.org/
Library is located in the same building as the Municipal Center/Police Department.
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
- 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 http://www.ssghs.org/pullman.htm
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.
- Able-Bodied Men Military Census 1861--1862 http://www.ssghs.org/able_bodied.htm
- Cemetery Master Index by Township http://www.ssghs.org/cemetery_index.htm
- WWII Harvey, Illinois Letters http://www.ssghs.org/letters.htm
- The Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (P.O. Box 313; Sugar Grove, IL 60554)
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.
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
- Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (P.O. Box 515; Northbrook, IL 60056-0515; firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Online Death Index Project http://jewishgen.org/jgsi/projects/deathsearch11.html
POINTers in Person (PIP) Chicago-North chapter; an affiliate of POINT (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together),
German: Franzosenbusch Heritage ProjectThe 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.
1. Chicago City Catholic Churches http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~itappcnc/pipcnchicagochurches.htm
2. Searching the Chicago Catholic Parish Database in One Step; Daniel E. Niemiec
3. Suburban Cook County Catholic Churches
4. Member Surnames http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~itappcnc/pipcnsurnames.htm
Polish Genealogical Society of America (984 North Milwaukee Avenue; Chicago, IL 60642-4101; PGSAmerica@pgsa.org)
Library Hours: phone 773-384-3352
1. Birth Index http://www.pgsa.org/CzuchBir.php
2. Dziennik Chicagoski Death Notice Index: 1890–1929 http://www.pgsa.org/dzien9029.php
3. Dziennik Chicagoski Death Notice Index: 1930–1971 http://www.pgsa.org/database.php
4. Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915 http://www.pgsa.org/CzuchMar.php
5. Poles of Chicago 1837–1937 http://www.pgsa.org/poleschicago.php
6. Polish White Eagle Association Index Search http://www.pgsa.org/PWEA.php
7. PRCUA Insurance Claim File Index http://www.pgsa.org/PRCUA/prcu.php
8. St. John Cantius Church Births 1893–1915 http://www.pgsa.org/stjohnk.php
9. SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, Lemont, IL, Birth & Death Index http://www.pgsa.org/stcyr.php
10. Holy Trinity School Class 1883, Chicago, IL http://www.pgsa.org/holytrinity.php
11. St. Hedwig Orphanage Census 1920, Niles Township, IL http://www.pgsa.org/sthedwigorph.php
- The Cook County ILGenWeb Project, an member of The ILGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Cook County
- Newberry Library Genealogy Collection and Links
- Cook County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Wikipedia has additional information about Cook County, Illinois.
Wiki articles describing an online collections are found at:
- Illinios Cook County Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Illinois, Cook County, Maywood, Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885-2002 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2005 Chicago Historical Society. The Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2004 The Newberry Library http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/335.html
- Cook County, Illinois official web site http://www.co.cook.il.us/portal/server.pt/community/government/226/about_cook_county
- US Census Bureau Quick Facts, Population as of 2008. http://quickfacts.census.gov]
- 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 ($).