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Online Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records & Indexes

A Genealogy Guide for Finding Death Certificates, Obituaries & Other Records

Cook County and Chicago Vital Records and Indexes

  • Historical Cook County Vital Records – Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates includes birth certificates 75 years or older, marriage licenses 50 years or older and death certificates 20 years or older — begins circa 1872; searches are free — requires payment to download copies of the records (some records may not yet be available online)
  • You can also search the death index at Ancestry if you have a subscription:
    • Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988 2.7 million entries (requires subscription fee)
  • Cook County Death Index 1878-1939 and 1955-1994 at FamilySearch (free; 1910-1915 is missing for Cook County, excluding Chicago; 1955-1994 is for Chicago only)

Obituaries and Death Notices in Chicago Newspapers

  • Chicago and Illinois Newspapers Obituaries Archive (you can obtain copies of individual obituaries online for a fee) includes.
    • Chicago Sun-Times Obituaries (1986-Current)
    • Chicago Tribune Obituaries (1985-Current)
    • Obituaries from several local newspapers in other Cook County cities (coverage varies by newspaper)
  • Chicago Tribune Obituaries, and Birth and Marriage Announcements 1850-1985 (at Ancestry/requires payment) also includes the Chicago Defender, 1921-1975
  • Sam Fink’s Chicago Death Notices Index 1856-1889 and Marriage Notices Index 1833-1871 (at Ancestry/requires payment) extracted from 10 Chicago newspapers
  • Vital Records Index from Chicago Newspapers 1833-1851 index includes deaths, marriages and other items (index is free to search/copies of the newspaper articles can be ordered for a fee from the Chicago Genealogical Society)
  • Chicago Sun-Times Obituaries Index 1988-1995 (requires payment – part of an Ancestry subscription)
  • Chicago Tribune Obituary Index 1988-1997 (requires payment – part of an Ancestry subscription)
  • Chicago Tribune 1849-1923 at Fold3 includes searchable digitized newspaper images – searches are free, requires payment to view the images (includes coverage of the Chicago fire of 1871)
  • Chicago Jewish Obituary Database 1994-1998 from
  • Polish Genealogical Society of America’s Chicago Death Notices for 1890-1971 from Chicago’s Polish language newspaper
  • Archdiocese of Chicago: Obituaries of Catholic Priests – Recent

Obituaries and Death Notices in Cook County Newspapers (outside of Chicago)

  • Cook County: Barrington Courier-Review Deaths 1890-2006 (also has births & marriages; some entries may be missing)
  • Cook County: Glenview Public Library Obituary Index
  • Cook County: Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885-2002 from FamilySearch
  • Cook County: Oak Lawn – Obituaries from Local Oak Lawn Newspapers 1985-present
  • Cook County: Skokie Obituary Index 1960-present
  • Cook County: Wilmette Newspaper Index (includes obituaries & death notices for various years)

Chicago and Cook County Probate Records and Indexes

  • Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999 (at Ancestry/requires payment) coverage varies by county; includes indexed and digitized probate records for Cook County and Chicago c.1871-c.1923
  • Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Probate Case Search 1980s-present

Cook County Cemeteries with Burial Indexes

  • Catholic Cemeteries in the Chicago Area: Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records, 1864-1989 from FamilySearch
  • Military Burials: 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 scanned searchable book by Eli Robert Lewis, from 1922
  • Jewish Burials: JGSI Online Death Index Project – includes some Jewish Cemeteries in the Chicago Area from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (look for the “resources” category when you get there)
  • Barrington Area Cemeteries with transcriptions; also has Barrington Courier-Review newspaper indexes for births, deaths, and marriages 1890-2006
  • Wunders Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois – Burials Index (requires payment – part of an Ancestry subscription) Wunders is a German Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
  • Cook County Cemetery at Dunning Database (Chicago) database of 7800 Cook County potters field (poor and indigent) burials

Chicago and Cook County Miscellaneous Death Indexes

  • Homicide in Chicago Database 1870-1930 11,000 entries with more details than the database listed next
  • Chicago Police Department Homicide Record Index 1870-1930
  • Cook County Coroner’s Inquest Record Index 1872-1911
  • Cook County: Wilmette Vital Records Indexes includes a Wilmette Death Certificate Index 1913-Oct. 1953 and and index for St. Joseph’s Cemetery burials

Illinois Full State Death Indexes

  • Illinois Death Index 1916-1950
  • Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths 1916-1947 from FamilySearch
  • Illinois Death Index Before 1916 (partial) includes a Cook County death index for 1871-1915

Ordering Chicago and Illinois Vital Records

  • Where to Write for Vital Records – Illinois (fees and restrictions may apply)

Also See.

  • Illinois Genealogy Databases at Ancestry (requires payment) includes census records, WWI draft cards, vital records, historical newspapers and city directories
  • Online Illinois Naturalization Records and Indexes
  • Chicago Genealogy Records and Sources on the Internet

Return To.

  • Online Illinois Death Indexes and Records

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