Get FREE Death Certificates from ILLINOIS State Archives
                                    Cook County, Illinois


Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb (from Cook-Co-L mail-list)
        with permission from original submitters
	UPDATED on 14 Jul 2000

	UPDATED on 07 Mar 2001

Some Illinois death records are available at the Illinois State Archives for free.
Please note the following:

1. Illinois Death records as recorded with the Illinois
   Department of Public Health are available at the
   Illinois State Archives in Springfield for the years
   1916 through 1945 only.

2. The Archives will accept requests for two (2) death
   records per mailing or phone call.

3. Unless a certified copy is desired, there will be no
   charge for uncertified photocopies of the records.

4. The Illinois State Archives Regional Depository (IRAD)
   system may have some death records as recorded with Illinois
   County Clerks. These records vary in date spans; records
   are not available for all counties. The earliest date
   of records maintained by County Clerks in most cases is 1877.

   You can check the holdings of the Illinois Regional Archives
   depositories via the Illinois Archives websites by using your
   "Back" button on your browser which will return you to our
   RESOURCE page.  From that page, select the "ARCHIVES" category.
   Current links to the various ILLINOIS State Archives websites
   are available.  

5. Requests to the Archives can be made by mail, phone, or fax at:
   (no longer via email -- Jan 2001)

   Illinois State Archives
   Norton Building
   Capitol Complex
   Springfield, IL  62756

   Phone: (217)782-3556
   Fax:   (217)524-3930

   You can also use their ONLINE FORM

   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Illinois
   State Archives reference staff at the above addresses.

(thanks to Bob Grimm for providing this info)

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