This page has been created due to the number of questions received about finding obituaries in Lake County.
This page will not become a place for the listing of individual obituaries. Instead it is a finding aid for obituary collections or indices. Feel free to contact us if you know of a great Lake County obituary collection or index so we can add it here.
The Lake County IL Genealogical Society maintains an obituary file in their Genealogy Room at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein. The obituary file mainly consists of obits clipped from the News-Sun from about 1950 to present- they are still filing obits from the past year. There are instances of obituaries clipped from other area newspapers. If the obituary is from a paper other than the News-Sun, the newspaper's name will be written at the top of the obit. If there is no newspaper name at top then it is from the News-Sun. The publication date should appear on all of the obits. The genealogy room is open during normal library hours when a volunteer is present. If you would like to visit there to see the obituary file, phone first to see if a volunteer will be present. The genealogy room number is 847-918-3208. If there is no answer try the reference desk at 847-918-3206; they should have a copy of the volunteer schedule. You can make photocopies of the obituaries in the genealogy room for a small fee. If you are not able to visit the library the society will copy obituaries for $5 per page of obituaries. The number that fit on a page will depend on the length of the obituaries found. Be sure to send a SASE with your request. The address is: LCIGS, c/o Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein, IL 60060.
The Fremont Public Library has microfilm reels of The Herald from April 1971 to March 1984. The Herald was a weekly newspaper that covered Lake County. The library has indexed vital records that appeared in The Herald from 1971 to mid-1981. They have also indexed vital records appearing in the Mundelein News and the Mundelein Review (1998-present). The index is on their website. The website includes instructions on how to request copies of newspaper items located in the index. Please let them know if the index helped you.
The Barrington Area Library maintains an online index for the Barrington Courier-Review. Among items indexed are deaths from 1890-2001. They are incomplete from 1922 - March 1925. Information on obtaining copies of items found in the index is available on the library's index page.
The Highland Park Public Library has an online obituary index on their web site. The index was created by library staff and covers the years 1874-2002. Newspapers included are the Highland Park Herald, Highland Park News, Highland Park Newsletter, Highland Park Press, Sheridan Road Newsletter, and North Shore Newsletter. If you locate a name in the index you can request a copy of an obituary from the library. The fee is currently $5 per name, prepaid.
The Waukegan Public Library has an index to obituaries appearing in Waukegan Newspapers prior to 1900. The index is not online. The index is also available in book form in the Genealogy Room at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein.