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Illinois Statewide Deaths Indexed a FamilySearch

FamilySearch's Record Search continues to grow and yesterday (August 13) a new series was added. The title is Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 and the description reads "Name index of deaths and stillbirths in Illinois, 1916-1947. Includes records for Cook County and Chicago." The corresponding images don't seem to be online but the index provides a wealth of information (if listed on the record) including birth date and place, parent names and birth places, spouse name, burial date and place, and occupation.

If you want a copy of the actual record I will continue to offer access to the Chicago records (and some Cook) unless they go online for free and you can get the statewide death records from Molly Kennedy. (See "Lookups Available")

You can also order the films through any Family History Center. The cost is $5.50 + any notification fee a center might add and the reels usually arrive in about 2-4 weeks depending how often a center orders and whether or not a film is on backorder.

If you find a Chicago/Cook record, 1916-1922 listed in the statewide index, you should check FamilySearch's Illinois death certificates and stillbirths, including Chicago, 1946-1947 to see if the image is available there. Between 1916 and 1922 there should be some overlap in the two databases. Note the subtle differences between two entries for the same death.


Collection: Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947
Note: Image not online
Name: Thomas A. Bielby
Titles and Terms (original):
Death Date: 21 Aug 1916
Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Gender: Male
Marital Status:
Race or Color:
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: 1874
Birth Date:
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill
Father: Thomas W. Bielby
Father's Titles and Terms (original):
Father's Birth Place: New York
Mother: Catherine Reordan
Mother's Titles and Terms (original):
Mother's Birth Place: Ireland
Occupation: switchman
Residence: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Street Address:
Spouse:
Spouse's Titles and Terms (original):
Spouse's Birthplace:
Burial Date: 24 Aug 1916
Burial Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Cemetery: ...
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Digital Folder Number: 4152370
Image Number: 1603
Film Number: 1852282
Volume/Page/Certificate Number: 24078
Collection: Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922
Note: Image online
Name: Thomas A. Bielby
Titles & Terms:
Death Date: 21 Aug 1916
Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Gender: Male
Race (Original): W.
Race (Standardized): White
Death Age: 42y 6m
Estimated Birth Year: 1874
Birth Date:
Birthplace: Chgo., Ill.
Marital Status:
Spouse:
Spouse's Titles & Terms:
Father: Thomas W. Bielby
Father's Titles & Terms:
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother: Catherine Riordan
Mother's Titles & Terms:
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Occupation: Switchman
Street Address: 346 N. Lockwood Ave.
Residence:
Cemetery: Lyonsville Cem.
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 24 Aug 1916
Funeral Home:
Informant:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1276305
Digital Folder Number: 4004836
Image Number: 690
Reference Number: cn 24078

Comments

K Craine said…
Looking at the FamilySearch records, I find a death for Adam SMILKOWSKI (Nov 1931), but no such record (or anything similar) exists in the IL Archives online index 1916-1950. Any thoughts on the difference?
Cyndy said…
In the index at Ancestry.com the name is indexed as "Adam Imilawski" (I'm guessing you might have been the one to add the alternate spelling to the record there?) and it looks like it's spelled that way in the Illinois Statewide Death Index, too.

IMILAWSKI ADAM M/W UNK 6030826 1931-11-03 COOK CHICAGO 31-11-06

The certificate number matches the one I see at FamilySearch.

Cynthia

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