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          Do Research and What to Expect from a Trip to the COOK CO. CIRCUIT COURT ARCHIVES
                                    Cook County, Illinois


Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb (from Cook-Co-L mail-list)
        with permission of original submitters
        by Cook County ILGenWeb Coordinator(s), 1998


The following is an excerpt from an email sent to the Cook County ILGenWeb Mail List
that describes how to order Probate Court records from the Archives Dept. of the Clerk
of the Circuit Court of Cook County:

"I was lucky enough to spend a whole day at the Archives Dept. of the Circuit Court
in the Daley Center in downtown Chicago a couple of years back. while there, I did
my own copying of files still held in the Daley Center Archives room.

The older packets are not in the Daley Center. Several of the packets I needed were
located in the warehouse in a suburb. Knowing we had only one day left to spend before
returning home, they were able to locate all but one file in the warehouse and had it
sent to the Daley Center the following day.

They went way out of their way to help, as you can see.

The last file, my GGF, was misfiled. We filled out a form with the name of deceased;
Docket #; No. pertaining to aged file; the Box it should be stored in, and the date of death.

All the above information can be found in the indexed books in the Archive Room at
the Daley Center. I assume this information is also on film or microfische at LDS Family
History Center.

If you do not have access to LDS or the Daley Center Archive Room, write to them giving
the name of deceased, date of birth and date of death. They will search the index books
for you and send you the material. Sending a copy of the death certificate would be
helpful to them as well, but not necessary.

Your first letter, requesting a search should go to:
  Archives Dept. Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
  Room 1113
  Daley center
  Chicago, IL 60602
  Aurelia Pucinski
  Clerk of the Court
  Probate Division, Room 1202
  Daley Center
  Chicago, IL 60602

I recommend the first address since they will do the search, then the material is mailed
from the second address with your inventory and/or bill attached.

It is my understanding that you can call them direct, but I do not have the phone #.
I always use the mail as I have a paper copy for follow up and I don't have to go thru
endless repetitions if there is a follow up.

Most people are very helpful, but I find that if you reply to everyone with a thank you
whether they were able to help you or not, it will pay off in the long run. Because of
a thank you, ( apparantly they get few once the request is answered) I heard from clerk's
who remembered a unique case and later found the material I was looking for. They
contacted me long after I thought the solution was hopeless."

Thanks to  Beverly S Aylar, 07/16/98 for providing this info....

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