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Guide to Online Birth Indexes for Cook County: Which Ones to Use When (with links)

Handy Links to the Indexes Mentioned in this Post Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915 (FamilySearch) Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922 (FamilySearch) Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922  (Ancestry) Cook County, Illinois Birth Index, 1916-1935 (Ancestry) Historical Cook County Illinois Vital Records  (Cook County Clerk) This is the last of a series of three posts focusing on the Chicago and Cook County vital records indexes that are available online. In this article, I'll give you links to the Cook County birth indexes that I use regularly and summarize their strengths and limitations to help you decide which one(s) will work best for your search. Once you've found an index entry, the records can be obtained from a number of different places but the rule of thumb is this: get records from 1923 forward from the the Cook County Clerk's Office ($15 + a handling fee if you buy the records online at