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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Image Visibility ==
  
Cook County has recorded birth, marriage and death records since 1871, the year of the Great Chicago Fire. A few miscellaneous records exist prior to July 1871.  
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Due to the provisions and guidelines of a newly revised contract with Cook County,&nbsp; FamilySearch has removed all images for Illinois, Cook County vital records from its historical records collections online; free indexes to the collections will remain.
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As part of our new agreement, FamilySearch will receive an additional 4.7 million records for FamilySearch patrons from the over 9 million free indexed records in the Cook County collection. The following collections are affected by the change:
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*Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922
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*Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915
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*Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922
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*Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920
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Original images can be ordered or viewed through the following mediums.
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1. Microfilm and microfiche from the Family History Library are available via Online Film Ordering in most parts of the world. The film number is included in the source information found on the index of the record. [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ordering_Microfilm_or_Microfiche https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ordering_Microfilm_or_Microfiche] &nbsp;
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2. Illinois, Cook County web site [http://cookcountygenealogy.com/ http://cookcountygenealogy.com/] (pay site)
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3. Request a digital copy of items found in the Family History Library catalog services from the Family History Library (photoduplication). Include source information found on the index of the record in your request. [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Photoduplication_Services https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Photoduplication_Services]
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
Early records were kept in register books beginning in 1877. By the early 1900s most events were recorded on pre-printed forms.  
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This collection consists of a name index to births for Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. It covers the years 1878 to 1922.
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For copies of certificates for this time period please contact [http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/ Cook County].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
  
=== Record Content  ===
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| text=Cook County Clerk. Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates. Cook County Courthouse, Chicago, Illinois.}}
  
[[Image:Illinois Cook County Birth Record.jpg|thumb|right]]
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== Record Content  ==
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in most Illinois birth records are:'''
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The following information is found in most Illinois birth records:  
  
 
*Child’s name  
 
*Child’s name  
*Child’s sex and race  
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*Child's birth date and place of birth
*Number of children of mother
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*Child’s gender and race  
*Date of birth  
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*Birth order of child
*Place of birth
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*Nationality and birth place of father
*Nationality, place of birth, and age of both parents
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*Nationality and birth place of mother
*Maiden name of mother  
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*Full name and age of mother, including her maiden name
*Name and occupation of father  
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*Full name and age of father including his occupation
*Name of medical attendants and address
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*Name of medical attendants and address(es)
  
'''After 1916 the following information was added:'''
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After 1916 the following information was added:  
  
 
*Birth date  
 
*Birth date  
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*The birth place  
 
*The birth place  
*The approximate&nbsp;birth date  
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*The approximate birth date  
 
*The child's name
 
*The child's name
  
Input the information you have into the appropriate boxes on the search screen. This search usually returns more than one result. Compare the information in the results to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*Not all births are found in both the registers and the certificates so you may need to search both collections to find your ancestor's birth record.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the parents. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the parents. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify siblings and other relatives who may have been born in Cook County; this can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify siblings and other relatives who may have been born in Cook County; this can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
*When looking for a person with a common last name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*When looking for a person with a common last name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
 
Keep in mind:
 
 
 
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*If you know their religion, search for a church record of the birth.
 
*If you know their religion, search for a church record of the birth.
  
Be aware that not all births are found in both the registers and the certificates so you may need to search both collections to find your ancestor's birth record.
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==== General Information About These Records  ====
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Early records were kept in register books beginning in 1877. By the early 1900s most events were recorded on pre-printed forms.
  
== Record History  ==
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Legislation in 1819 required physicians to record births and deaths for their practices. Then, the physicians transmitted the information to their medical society, which published the information in the newspapers. In 1843 a law was passed where relatives of a deceased person could appear before the clerk of the county commissioner’s court and report information regarding the death. The recording of vital records was voluntary until 1877 so few births and deaths were recorded. A fire in 1871 destroyed the Cook County Courthouse and nearly all previous records housed there. The few existing originals that were created by the county clerk may be found in the county clerk’s office or in one of the Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD).
  
Legislation in 1819 required physicians to record births and deaths for their practices.&nbsp;Then, the physicians transmitted the information to their medical society, which published the information in the newspapers. In 1843 a law was passed where relatives of a deceased person could appear before the clerk of the county commissioner’s court and report information regarding the death. The recording of vital records was voluntary until 1877 so few births and deaths were recorded. A fire in 1871 destroyed the Cook County Courthouse and nearly all previous records housed there. The few existing originals that were created by the county clerk may be found in the county clerk’s office or in one of the Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD).
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In 1877, the State Board of Health was created to supervise '''registration '''of births and deaths. All births and deaths were to be reported to the county clerk by physicians. However, many were still not '''registered''' because the penalties for non-compliance were weak. In 1915 the state of Illinois gave the responsibility of recording births and deaths to local registrars, who reported the information to the county clerk and the State Board of Health (now known as the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/ Illinois Department of Public Health]). By 1919 it is estimated that 95% of the population was recorded in the vital records.  
 
 
In 1877 the State Board of Health was created to supervise '''registration '''of births and deaths. All births and deaths were to be reported to the county clerk by physicians. However, many were still not '''registered''' because the penalties for non-compliance were weak. In 1915 the state of Illinois gave the responsibility of recording births and deaths to local registrars, who reported the information to the county clerk and the State Board of Health (now known as the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/ Illinois Department of Public Health]). By 1919 it is estimated that 95% of the population was recorded in the vital records.  
 
  
 
Generally, the records are arranged chronologically arranged. However, some months may appear more than once in a given volume.  
 
Generally, the records are arranged chronologically arranged. However, some months may appear more than once in a given volume.  
  
The Cook County Clerk's Office issues certified copies of Cook County birth certificates for events that occurred in Cook County, Illinois.
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== Related Websites ==
 
 
=== Why This Collection Was Created?  ===
 
 
 
Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs.
 
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
 
Information in these records is usually reliable but is upon reliability of the informant.
 
 
 
== Related Web Sites ==
 
 
 
[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/ Genealogy Online:&nbsp;Historical Cook County, Vital Records]
 
  
[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html llinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900 ]<br><br>This section of the article is incommplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.
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*[http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/ Genealogy Online: Historical Cook County, Vital Records]
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*[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html llinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Chicago Birth Certificates]]<br>
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*[[Chicago Birth Certificates]]  
*[[Cook_County,_Illinois|Cook County, Illinois]]
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*[[Cook County, Illinois|Cook County, Illinois]]
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
 
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record In This Collection  ====
 
 
 
*"Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org: https://www.familysearch.org:] accessed 11 March 2011), entry for Jennie Blanche Norland, born 28 September 1889; citing Birth Records, FHL microfilm 4,031,039.; Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, Springfield, Illinois.
 
 
 
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
 
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->Illinois. Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922. Illinois Department of Public Health. Division of Vital Records, Springfield. <!--bibdescend-->
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
 
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Image Visibility

Due to the provisions and guidelines of a newly revised contract with Cook County,  FamilySearch has removed all images for Illinois, Cook County vital records from its historical records collections online; free indexes to the collections will remain.

As part of our new agreement, FamilySearch will receive an additional 4.7 million records for FamilySearch patrons from the over 9 million free indexed records in the Cook County collection. The following collections are affected by the change:

  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922
  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915
  • Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922
  • Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920

Original images can be ordered or viewed through the following mediums.

1. Microfilm and microfiche from the Family History Library are available via Online Film Ordering in most parts of the world. The film number is included in the source information found on the index of the record. https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ordering_Microfilm_or_Microfiche  

2. Illinois, Cook County web site http://cookcountygenealogy.com/ (pay site)

3. Request a digital copy of items found in the Family History Library catalog services from the Family History Library (photoduplication). Include source information found on the index of the record in your request. https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Photoduplication_Services

Record Description

This collection consists of a name index to births for Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. It covers the years 1878 to 1922.

For copies of certificates for this time period please contact Cook County.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Cook County Clerk. Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates. Cook County Courthouse, Chicago, Illinois.

Record Content

The following information is found in most Illinois birth records:

  • Child’s name
  • Child's birth date and place of birth
  • Child’s gender and race
  • Birth order of child
  • Nationality and birth place of father
  • Nationality and birth place of mother
  • Full name and age of mother, including her maiden name
  • Full name and age of father including his occupation
  • Name of medical attendants and address(es)

After 1916 the following information was added:

  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Full names of parents
  • Birth place of parents

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it will be helpful to know the following:

  • The birth place
  • The approximate birth date
  • The child's name

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each parent to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Not all births are found in both the registers and the certificates so you may need to search both collections to find your ancestor's birth record.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the parents. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify siblings and other relatives who may have been born in Cook County; this can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person with a common last name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • If you know their religion, search for a church record of the birth.

General Information About These Records

Early records were kept in register books beginning in 1877. By the early 1900s most events were recorded on pre-printed forms.

Legislation in 1819 required physicians to record births and deaths for their practices. Then, the physicians transmitted the information to their medical society, which published the information in the newspapers. In 1843 a law was passed where relatives of a deceased person could appear before the clerk of the county commissioner’s court and report information regarding the death. The recording of vital records was voluntary until 1877 so few births and deaths were recorded. A fire in 1871 destroyed the Cook County Courthouse and nearly all previous records housed there. The few existing originals that were created by the county clerk may be found in the county clerk’s office or in one of the Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD).

In 1877, the State Board of Health was created to supervise registration of births and deaths. All births and deaths were to be reported to the county clerk by physicians. However, many were still not registered because the penalties for non-compliance were weak. In 1915 the state of Illinois gave the responsibility of recording births and deaths to local registrars, who reported the information to the county clerk and the State Board of Health (now known as the Illinois Department of Public Health). By 1919 it is estimated that 95% of the population was recorded in the vital records.

Generally, the records are arranged chronologically arranged. However, some months may appear more than once in a given volume.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.