Guide to Cook County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth, marriage, death, census, family history, and military records.
Some alternate records are available for these records prior towhich were destroyed in the Chicago fire. County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Cook County are kept, see the Cook County Courthouse. Cook County was named for Daniel P.
When the county was formed init's total population was about one hundred people, spread over 2, square miles. Parts of Cook County were subsequently carved off to form LakeDuWilland McHenry counties, trimming the county to its current size of square miles.
The county was named for Daniel Cook, one of the earliest and youngest statesmen in Illinois history. He served as the second U. Representative from Illinois and the state's first Attorney General. The County Seat is Chicago and was founded January 15, It is located in the Northeast area of the state. Marriages for Cook County from have been compiled from early Chicago newspapers and may be found in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.
The only additional information these records provide is the name of the newspaper in which the marriage appeared. Black's Blue Book :Business and professional directory; a compilation of names, addresses and telephones of all Chicago's colored business and professional people.
S Black, N3 B6. Scott's Blue Book : a standard classified business and service directory of greater Chicago's colored citizens' commercial, industrial, professional, religious and other activities. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL Additional records are available, but are unindexed, or the index is not available on-line. Select "Cook"in the county list box, and hit [Submit Query]. The Chicago History Museum has a tremendous collection of on-line resources including the Biographical Dictionary of Chicagopart of the Encyclopedia of Chicagoand a photo index of portraits taken by early Chicago photographers.
The Museum's collection includes tens of thousands of images from early photographers E. Brand and C. Mosher, among others, all indexed by the name of the person in the photograph, as well as by photographer and studio. Album of genealogy and biography, Cook County, Illinois: with portraits. These volumes include a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Cook County and Evanston residents.
See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes. Searchable burials database provides burial information, a map of the cemetery, and a photo of the hetone, if available. The cemetery filed for bankruptcy in following allegations of grave tampering and the re-selling of graves that resulted in numerous lawsuits. The Cook County Sheriff's Office continues to research and publish updates to the database.
Cook County Cemetery in Dunning Over 38, burials over seventy years, the cemetery served as an institutional cemetery for Cook County. A web site is available with the home providing a lot of history about the cemetery.
The database a work in progress, has over entries. City Cemetery existed as a burial ground from until aboutwhen further burials were legally prohibited.
During that time, more than 20, were buried in the cemetery, which was subdivided into a Catholic Cemetery, a Jewish Cemetery, and a Potters Field. Among the were approximately 4, Confederate soldiers who died at Camp Douglas who were buried in Potters Field. Dis-internments began as early asas families of lot owners re-interred their loved ones in newly opened Rosehill, Graceland or Calvary cemeteries.
Following the Chicago Fire ofa major effort began to vacate the cemetery. The land was converted into a public park, now known as Lincoln Park.
The Ira Couch family mausoleum still stands at the back of the park. The website also include an online database of original Cemetery lot owners and a map. Graceland Cemetery was established in by Thomas Bryan, a prominent Chicago lawyer and is owned and operated by the Trustees of the Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund, a not-for-profit trust. The cemetery's web site includes Grace of prominent Chicagoans buried there.
Genealogy Inquiries can be made by mail, fax, or e-mail. Inthe Aaron Miner Chapter D. Looking for the burial location of a family member or friend? To serve the many families that visit the Catholic cemeteriesself-serve kiosks have been installed in major cemetery offices in the archdiocese.
The best part is each kiosk has the same information. Find the nearest kiosk to do all research in one location, versus hunting at each individual cemetery. Currently there are kiosks at 15 locations throughout Cook County. For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.
Ward and ED Maps for Censuses. Hours: Monday—Friday a. Appointments in advance of visits are advised. Map of Chicago congregation s. See the Genealogical Information Guide regarding collections that may be useful in genealogical research, including:. Political history of Chicago: covering the period from to Property research in Cook County is challenging and very time consuming. It is the reason one generally needs to exhaust every other type of record for Cook County before tackling the land research.
The pre documents are available only through the office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. See the Township and Sectional Map of Cook County for information about townships, subdivisions, and sections. To do land research in Cook County, one needs to have the legal description of the property. It is possible to obtain a legal description if one has the "modern" address of the property.
In Cook County there are two 2 types of conveyance indexes systems. The other is a Torrens or Registry System. Used for only a portion of properties in Cook County, those that had a clouded-title situation. A court action established the title and every subsequent transaction for the property had to be registered.
The Torrens systems was phased out a of years ago. With a legal description in hand, one needs to locate the property in the specific tract book. The tract books are ledgers. Each transaction for a particular parcel of land is recorded chronologically in the books.
Identifying the records in the tract books is the first step. The s recorded in the tract books are transaction s.
To locate the deed one needs to find the transaction in the deed books, another set of indexes. There is another set of s in the deed books paging books. These are the s for the volume or book, theand the item of the recorded instrument deed. One then orders the microfiche for the document.
It is very expensive to make copies of property records in Cook County. Pre-Fire land records are privately held by a title-guaranty company.
One must make an appointment to view the records. These too are organized by legal description. Many genealogy books describe how to find land records for rural America. For ancestors who lived in a city like Chicago, though, a very different set of resources is available. There are a of online databases that give information about historic residences in Chicago and Cook County. Armed with an address from a census, you may be able to flesh out details about an ancestor's life and get a glimpse of where they lived.
It is possible that your ancestor was responsible for the construction of the building that they lived or worked in. The Chicago Historical Society has an index to building permits issued between the years of The index is searchable by original owner's name, historical street name, architect, and the contractor issue date.
The historical street name field in this search hints at the fact that Chicago streets have undergone several name changes over time. ZIP: 60411 60412