Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records 1878-1994


Chicago-Michigan has indexed an additional 3.7 million Cook County, Illinois death records. These records date from 1878 to 1939 and 1955 to 1994 (although the records are missing for the city of Chicago death records for the years 1910 to 1915). This collection can be searched by first name, last name, gender and race. Access is free.

Most of the information available is written as an index, with name, date, address, marital status, occupation, burial location, spouse’s name, parents’ names and occasionally children. This could be quite a wealth of information from a vital record.

Chicago-Alexander S. Johnson1848-1916On the search list you can place a keyword or surname, then it will state ‘details’, with that this index information is available. Others will have a photo image of the death record. The camera icon to the far right will be marked if there is an image.

Any of the indexes with information you can print or save to your computer from

Chicago-Randolph Street 1900

Photos: Michigan St and Jackson in Chicago in 1880, 

Record index for Alexander Samuel Johnson 1848-1916; and

Randolph St in Chicago 1900. 

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Chicago – What a Town!

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Chicago Fire of 1871


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