Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1438856 |title=Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947|location=United States}} <br>
  
== Collection Time Period<br> ==
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== Record Description  ==
  
This collection covers records for the years 1916 to 1947.<br>
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This Collection will include records from 1916 to 1947.<br>  
  
== Record Description<br> ==
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The record consists of one-page pre-printed death certificate forms filled in by hand or typed.
  
The record consists of one-page pre-printed death certificate forms filled in by hand and/or typed.<br>
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Deaths were not generally recorded at the county level until 1877, although the practice was not universal before 1916. Some records existed in cities prior to 1877.&nbsp;
  
=== Record Description<br> ===
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A 1915 statute provided for the first effective system of registration of deaths and stillbirths in Illinois. It required the State Board of Health and county clerks to record these events. In 1919 the Illinois Department of Public Health was established as the successor agency to the State Board of Health.&nbsp;
  
Important genealogical information that Illinois death certificates may contain:<br>• County and city in which death took place<br>• Address where death occurred<br>• Sometimes the voting ward of that place<br>• Deceased’s full name<br>• Gender<br>• Marital status<br>• Birth date<br>• Age at death<br>• Date of death<br>• Occupation<br>• Employer<br>• City and state of birthplace<br>• Name of the informant providing the above information<br>• Filing date<br>• Name of the registrar
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Deaths that were recorded prior to 1 January 1916 can be found at the county clerk’s office. Death records beginning 1916, with a statewide index from 1916 to the present, are available from the Illinois Department of Health, Division of Vital Records.&nbsp;
  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Illinois, Death and Stillbirths, 1916-1947." Index or Index and Images or Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Public Board of Health Archives, Springfield.}}
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== Record Content  ==
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Important genealogical information that Illinois death certificates may contain:
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*County and city in which death took place
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*Address where death occurred
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*Sometimes the voting ward of that place
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*Deceased’s full name
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*Gender
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*Marital status
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*Birth date
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*Age at death
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*Date of death
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*Occupation
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*Employer
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*City and state of birthplace
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*Name of the informant providing the above information
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*Filing date
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*Name of the registrar
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
Death certificates are the best source of death information. The certificates contain clues for further research: the birth date and birthplace of the individual; the name of the spouse; the names of parents; the place of residence; the name of the informant who may be a child of the deceased<br><br>
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
  
== Record History<br> ==
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*The place where the death occurred
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*The name of the person at the time of death
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*The approximate death date
  
Deaths were not generally recorded at the county level until 1877, although the practice was not universal before 1916. Some records existed in cities prior to 1877.<br><br>A 1915 statute provided for the first effective system of registration of deaths and stillbirths in Illinois. It required the State Board of Health and county clerks to record these events. In 1919 the Illinois Department of Public Health was established as the successor agency to the State Board of Health.  
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Compare the information in the death record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
  
Deaths that were recorded prior to 1 January 1916 can be found at the county clerk’s office. Death records beginning 1916, with a statewide index from 1916 to the present, are available from the Illinois Department of Health, Division of Vital Records.<br><br>
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When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
  
=== Why This Record Was Created <br> ===
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For example:
  
Deaths were recorded to serve public health needs. They are also used to probate wills and administer the deceased person’s estate.<br>
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*Use the death date or age to calculate an approximate birth year.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
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*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
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*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
=== Record Reliability <br> ===
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If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
  
Information pertaining to death is usually reliable. This includes the cause of death, name of the attending physician or attending medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant, often a family member.  
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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Keep in mind:
  
Follow this link to the [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois State Archives ]for information on obtaining death records.  
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*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
== Related Wiki Articles<br> ==
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary|United States, How to Use the Records Summary]].
  
[[Illinois Vital Records|Illinois Vital Records]]<br>[[Illinois Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Illinois Death Certificates]]<br>
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Information pertaining to death is usually reliable. This includes the cause of death, name of the attending physician or attending medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant, often a family member.&nbsp;
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Related Websites ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]  
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Follow this link to the [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/home.html Illinois State Archives]&nbsp;for information on obtaining death records.
  
Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above. Examples of citations:
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
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*[[Illinois|Illinois]]
*Illinois Department of Health. Certificates of Death. From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org), September 29, 2006. Certificate 41557, Katherin L. Gentes, Nov. 16, 1925.
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*[[Illinois Vital Records]]
  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
  
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Revision as of 23:54, 13 March 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1916 to 1947.

The record consists of one-page pre-printed death certificate forms filled in by hand or typed.

Deaths were not generally recorded at the county level until 1877, although the practice was not universal before 1916. Some records existed in cities prior to 1877. 

A 1915 statute provided for the first effective system of registration of deaths and stillbirths in Illinois. It required the State Board of Health and county clerks to record these events. In 1919 the Illinois Department of Public Health was established as the successor agency to the State Board of Health. 

Deaths that were recorded prior to 1 January 1916 can be found at the county clerk’s office. Death records beginning 1916, with a statewide index from 1916 to the present, are available from the Illinois Department of Health, Division of Vital Records. 

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Illinois, Death and Stillbirths, 1916-1947." Index or Index and Images or Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Public Board of Health Archives, Springfield.

Record Content

Important genealogical information that Illinois death certificates may contain:

  • County and city in which death took place
  • Address where death occurred
  • Sometimes the voting ward of that place
  • Deceased’s full name
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Birth date
  • Age at death
  • Date of death
  • Occupation
  • Employer
  • City and state of birthplace
  • Name of the informant providing the above information
  • Filing date
  • Name of the registrar

How to Use the Records

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the death occurred
  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • The approximate death date

Compare the information in the death record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the death date or age to calculate an approximate birth year.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary.

Information pertaining to death is usually reliable. This includes the cause of death, name of the attending physician or attending medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant, often a family member. 

Related Websites

Follow this link to the Illinois State Archives for information on obtaining death records.

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections