Cook County Death Records Search (Illinois)

Perform a free Cook County, IL public death records search, including death certificates, death indexes, deceased records, death registers & registries, obituaries, and death notices.


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Arlington Heights Memorial Library Website http://www.ahml.info/research/genealogy Search Arlington Heights Memorial Library home page for online catalog, resources and services.

Bartlett Public Library District Genealogy Records http://catalog.bartlett.lib.il.us/polaris/Search/misc/esources.aspx View Bartlett Public Library District genealogy resources, including census, military, court, land, vital, church and probate records and directories.

Chicago City Government Murder Records https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2017-chicago-murders View Chicago City Government's murder database, listed by name of deceased, including date of murder, cause, time and address.

Chicago Public Library Database https://www.chipublib.org/resource/ View Chicago Public Library online resources list by title, description and location.

Cicero Town Clerk Website http://www.thetownofcicero.com/departments/clerks-office View Cicero Town Clerk home page, including name, hours, phone number, and address.

Cook County Burial Records http://theburroakcemetery.com/resources/burr-oak-search/ Search Cook County Burr Oak Cemetery Records by first and last names.

Cook County Clerk Marriage Licenses http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/vitalrecords/marriagelicenses/Pages/default.aspx View Cook County Clerk marriage license information, including age and identification requirements, fees, expiry, copies and officiant.

Cook County Clerk Vital Records http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/vitalrecords/Pages/default.aspx View Cook County Clerk vital records information, including birth, death, marriage/civil union, business, notary, fees, requirements, contact and address.

Cook County Death Certificates & Records https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/death-certificates Find Cook County, Illinois death records, and learn about the fees and process for requesting copies of certified death certificates.

Cook County Genealogy Records http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/ View Cook County genealogy information including birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses.

Des Plaines Public Library Database http://dppl.org/resources/all View Des Plaines Public Library resource list, including children, subjects, history and tax forms.

Elgin City Clerk Website http://www.cityofelgin.org/index.aspx View Elgin City Clerk general information page, including responsibilities, birth and death certificates, contact, email, address and telephone number.

Evanston Public Library Blog https://www.epl.org/ View Evanston Public Library blog by title, date and article summary.

Glenview Public Library Genealogy Records http://www.glenviewpl.org/researchDB/index.html Search Glenview Public Library Genealogy Records by title or subject.

Mount Prospect Public Library Genealogy Records http://mppl.org/research/research-guides/genealogy/ View Mount Prospect Public Library genealogy resources, including biography, obituary, periodical, digital archive, society, state and national.

Oak Lawn Park Public Library Genealogy Records https://olpl.org/ View Oak Lawn Park Public Library genealogy resources, including history, newspapers, obituaries, Holocaust, grave search, military and vital records.

Oak Park Department of Public Health Website http://www.oak-park.us/village-services/department-public-health View Oak Park Department of Public Health general information webpage page, including hours, phone number, and address.

Oak Park Public Library Database http://oppl.org/collections/online-resources Search Oak Park Public Library online resources by alphabet, title, article, subject, or ISSN.

Schaumburg Township District Library Database https://www.schaumburglibrary.org/elibrary/research Search Schaumburg Township District Library e-library archives by category or media type.

Skokie Public Library Database https://skokielibrary.info/resources/research/ View Skokie Public Library research resources, including literature, business, consumer, genealogy, health, employment, kids, law, languages and real estate.

Find Cook County Death Records

Cook County Death Records are documents relating to an individual's death in Cook County, Illinois. These can include Cook County death certificates, local and Illinois State death registries, and the National Death Index. Death Records are kept by Vital Records Offices or Cook County Clerk's Offices, which may be run by the state or at the local level.

Learn about Death Records, including:
  • How to search online for Death Records
  • Where to get certified death certificates in Cook County, IL
  • How to get copies of Death Records
  • What information is part of the death index
  • What genealogists use Cook County vital records for
Where to get Death Records in Cook County, Illinois

At the local Cook County, Illinois State, and national level, death registries and the National Death Index (Social Security Death Index, or SSDI) collect death statistics that are useful for research. Some Death Record databases are only available for vital statistics and are not accessible to the public. Public Death Records and copies of death certificates are available upon request from the Cook County Clerk's Office.

Cook County Death Certificates

A Cook County death certificate is a document signed by an authorized medical professional that contains essential facts about a person's death, such as the time, place, and cause of death. A certified death certificate can help families of the recently deceased with the difficult process of handling legal matters related to the death. For example, a Cook County death certificate contains important information to place an obituary in a printed newspaper or an online registry of death notices.

What Death Records are used for

Death Records are required to settle financial and legal matters after an individual's death. A certified death certificate, issued by the local Cook County bureau of vital statistics, may be required by financial institutions to close a deceased person's bank account, to file for life insurance, or to transfer car titles, registrations, and utility accounts. Death certificates are also necessary to settle wills and estates, transfer property in IL, and arrange the deceased person's funeral.

Cook County Death Records Research

Cook County Death Records are an important source for family history and genealogical records searching. The Cook County Clerk and Archives can provide access to Death Records and other vital records indexed in Illinois. Illinois may provide online access to Death Records for individuals who passed away in Illinois. This information is typically limited to the individual's name, death date, and age at death.