Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday's Tip - Find Illinois Resources on FamilySearch

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Find Illinois genealogy resources on FamilySearch.org.

The list of Illinois record collections on FamilySearch.org is shown below:

There are 20 record collections on this list as of today, including:

*  Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934 (9% complete, 323,712 records)

*  Illinois Births and Christenings, 1820-1040 (507,005 records)

*  Illinois, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1853-2009 (browse images only, only one cemetery at present)

*  Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1905 (browse images only, over 179,000 images)

*  Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922 (1,431,946 records)

*  Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915 (962,515 records)

*  Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922 (1,431,659 records)

*  Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920 (865,669 records)

*  Illinois, Cook County, Maywood, Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885-2002 (browse images only)

*  Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1962 (browse images only)

*  Illinois, DeKalb County Land Records, 1838-1927 (browse images only)

*  Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 (2,879,598 records)

*  Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1729-1956 (browse images only)

*  Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007 (browse images only)

*  Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935 (636,536 records)

*  Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 (1,491,586 records)

*  Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970 (browse images only)

*  Illinois, State Census, 1855 (256,004 records)

*  Illinois, State Census, 1865 (380,262 records)

*  Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the "Pekin Times," 1914-2007

The collections above with a number of records available means that the collection is indexed and searchable.  The collections above that say "browse images only" are not indexed, but are waypointed (e.g., alphabetically, by county, by town, etc.);  for these, the user has to move image by image, or jump to an image number, in order to see the actual records.

FamilySearch is constantly updating the incomplete collections, so check back on occasion.  also, new record collections are added each month so be sure to check the list of Illinois record collections every so often.

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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver


bgwiehle said...

Some of the indexes for these databases (or close matches) are searchable at ancestry.com but have no linked image. In these cases, double check at FamilySearch in case they have the image available. (This is also true of some military databases).
(Ancestry, no images) Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922
(FamilySearch, index and images) Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922

Suzannah said...

I'm excited to see the Illinois databases expand past the Chicago records! Everytime I turn around there are more records on FamilySearch.