*Chicago birth certificates, 1878-1922
*Cook County birth certificates, 1878-1894
*Cook County birth certificates, 1916-1922
*Chicago birth registers, 1871-1915
*Registers of births outside of the city [Chicago], 1878-1894[1878-1885; 3 films not yet included]
Chicago, birth records, 1871-1978[Delayed birth certificates, 1917-1940; birth certificates, 1923-1939; birth affidavits, 1920-1926]
Cook County birth records, 1888-2006 [Birth certificates, 1923-1941; delayed series, 1917-1940; stillbirths, 1928-1942]
*Birth corrections and delayed births, 1916-1918
*Chicago birth corrections and indexes, 1871-1915;unrelated, actual birth records, 1870s to 1940s
Indexes:Cook County Birth Certificates, 1871-1940
Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915
Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940
Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915
*Marriage licenses, 1871-1920; index, 1871-1916
Cook County marriage records, 1920-1959
Cook County Marriage Index, 1871-1920


Chicago Death Index 1871-1933. (FamilySearch)
  1. For deaths 1871-1877. This is the only public index that covers the early deaths. If you find a match, contact the Cook County clerk's office.
  2. Out-of-town deaths are indicated by the "OT" in the column just before the date of death. If you find one of those entries, it's best to contact the vital records office where the death took place to see if you can get an original record. However, if the death occurred 1909-1915, the matching Chicago records (likely derivative) are available at FamilySearch. See Out of town deaths, 1909-1915.
  3. Stillbirths are indicated by the "SB" in the column just before the date of death. some stillbirths are recorded in the birth registers at the end of each alphabetical section; many new stillbirth certificates appear to be online at FamilySearch, accessible through the catalog.

Source:, Celebrating Digital Access: CDI 187-1933, 9/13/2017.

*Chicago death certificates, 1878-1915
*Chicago death certificates, 1916-1922
*Chicago death certificates, 1916-1945 [not available as digital images]
Chicago death records, 1909-1994[Death certificates, 1921-1938; stillbirths, 1909-1941]
*Cook County death certificates, 1878-1909, 1916-1922
*Coroners death certificates, 1879-1904
*Out of town deaths, 1909-1915
INDEXESCook County Deaths, 1878-1994
Record groups marked with an asterisk have been digitized from the Family History Library films.Source: ChicagoGenealogy, Which Chicago Records are Available on FamilySearch, 9/12/2017


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