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Cook County Death Certificates from FamilySearch: Original or Derivative?

Recently, I made an interesting-to-me discovery that I thought would be worth sharing. Below are two FamilySearch death index entries for the same person. The one on the left is from a collection (the term FamilySearch uses) titled Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994 . The one on the right is from Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 . Notice the differences. The index entry on the left has more information--address, cemetery name, and informant name, for example. And the birthplace is spelled "Pisek" on one and "Piseh" on the other. Next let's look at the record retrieval information. Notice there is no "GS Film number" for the record on the left. I believe this record set contains the images that were created by digitizing the paper certificates held by the Cook County Clerk's Office. I don't remember the year, but the project was done before I moved from Chicago three years ago. This index entry suggests the correspon

New Album Will Celebrate Chicago's Musical Heritage

Chicago has a rich musical history and On Big Shoulders , "an Americana album featuring 12 of Chicago's best musicians collaborating on 10 songs linked to The Windy City," [1] will celebrate it. Funded, in part, by a grant from the City of Chicago, the release is scheduled for 2018, and there's a Kickstarter campaign  in place to raise funds for the final steps in the production process. It may not seem like this is related to genealogy, but I think there's a lot to be said about tapping into the culture of the places where our ancestors lived.  If you love Chicago ... love music ... love supporting projects of long-lasting value ... then, check it out! I'm acquainted with Matt Brown, the producer (I took banjo and fiddle lessons from him when I lived in Chicago) and I am confident that every aspect of this album, from the recording quality to the liner notes, will be top-notch. He just wouldn't have it any other way. 1. Matt Brown