Illinois State Genealogical Society

1916 - 1947 Death Certificate Project

On May 15, 2002,  the Illinois State Archives' web site added an online searchable index to the 1916-1950 Illinois death certificates.   The State Archives initially offered free uncertified copies of those death certificates to all patrons who requested them by email, telephone, or postal mail.

Unfortunately, demand was so great it soon overwhelmed the archive's resources and resulted in great delays in sending out responses.  In spite of many additional resources devoted by the State Archives, the demand only continued to increase -  to the point that they determined their reference services would soon become so delayed as to be realistically useless.  Therefore, on November 15, 2002 the service was reluctantly discontinued.

ISGS has established this project to assist members and researchers who do not have easy access to the Illinois State Archives to continue to be able to obtain death certificate copies.  Cost per certificate is $6.00 for ISGS members, $10.00 for non-members.  You may send as many requests at the same time as you wish - requests will be be filled using a "first come-first served" basis.

To obtain non-certified copies of death certificates from the 1916-1947 timeframe, please follow these steps:

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