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Overview[edit | edit source]

Obituaries have been published in Illinois since the mid-nineteenth century. Obituaries may provide information such as the age of the deceased, birth date and place, names of living relatives and their residences, maiden name, occupation, death date, cause of death, and place of burial. Deceased family members are frequently mentioned. Obituaries may also mention previous places of residence, immigration information, religion, and any social organizations or activities in which the deceased was involved.

Generally, the first step to obtaining an obituary is to find the death date of the person so that the obituary can be more easily found in a newspaper. Death dates may be obtained from the Illinois Statewide death index, pre-1916, the Illinois Death Certificate Database, 1916-1950, or cemeteries in the area where the person is believed to have died. Once a death date is known, the local library in the area may be contacted to learn whether or not they have newspapers for the time period needed, and if someone is willing to look for an obituary in that newspaper. If the newspapers are not held at the library, the local newspaper office may also be contacted to learn where older editions of the newspaper are kept. Some libraries and even newspaper publishers keep obituary files.

Obituary Resources Online[edit | edit source]

Illinois Obituaries (2)

Obituaries published in the Clay County Advocate

  • A new Obituary database is available through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. This database is a collection of obituary citations compiled from the ALPL Newspaper Microfilm Collection. You will not find the actual obituary, but citations for the obituary which will indicate the newspaper in which it is located along with the date, page and column.
  • Browning Genealogy: Evansville Area Obituary Search: Query results for Illinois: 2547 records matched. Even though this resource is based in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, the number of Illinois references, makes this resource helpful for Illinois researchers.
  • The Internet Archive may occasionally have published books which include a collection of obituaries. To search this archive, type Illinois Obituaries in the search box.

Additional Obituary Resources[edit | edit source]

  • For Illinois, some obituaries have been published and indexed in genealogical periodicals. Many of these are referenced in the "Places" section of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) which is described in the "Illinois Periodicals" section.
  • Military Order of the Loyal legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Illinois. Memorials of the deceased companions of the Commandery of the state of Illinois, Military order of the loyal legion of the United States (December 1901), Volume 1. (Internet Archive)
  • Military Order of the Loyal legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Illinois. Memorials of the deceased companions of the Commandery of the state of Illinois, Military order of the loyal legion of the United States (December 1901), Volume 2. (Internet Archive)
  • Brieschke, Walter L. Index of obituaries printed in the Southern Illinois Herald newspaper, 1893-1922 (Murphysboro, Illinois: Jackson County Historical Society (TN), 1985) FS Catalog book 977.3994 V4

Obituaries and indexes from a few individual newspapers can be found in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search under:

ILLINOIS, [Name of County], [Name of Town] - OBITUARIES

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How do I find an obituary in Illinois? ›

Obituaries and indexes from a few individual newspapers can be found in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search under: ILLINOIS - OBITUARIES. ILLINOIS, [Name of County] - OBITUARIES. ILLINOIS, [Name of County], [Name of Town] - OBITUARIES.

How do I find out if someone has died in Illinois? ›

Request a Death Record from a County Clerk — County clerks are the official custodians of all death records recorded in Illinois counties.

Can I check if someone has died? ›

There are several ways to do this: A General Search: To start a general inquiry, collect any identifying information about the person you believe to have passed. Type into a search engine the person's name followed by the word “death” or “obituary”.

Do you have to have an obituary in Illinois? ›

No, there is no Illinois or federal law requiring the family to run an obituary when a relative dies. It is up to the discretion of the family members.

How do I find the exact date of death for a person? ›

Funeral home records vary in format and content, but they can all be valuable for determining someone's death date. Check genealogical and historical societies; state, county, and local libraries; and municipal archives for possible holdings.

How do I find obituaries in the US by name? ›

Internet Public Library – Finding Obituaries – An updated guide on searching for obituaries. – This site allows you to search for recently published obituaries, a small fee is required to view most results. Obituary Central – A database that searches for obituaries and performs cemetery searches.

Do you have to disclose if someone died in a house in Illinois? ›

According to the Illinois Real Estate License Act, brokers are not legally required to disclose deaths or information not considered to be material fact.

Can I access the Social Security Death Index? ›

The SSA provides an extract from its file for distribution through the Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service. Because this extracted file deals with deceased persons, the information is considered to be in the public domain.

How do you find out the cause of death of a person? ›

A death certificate is a permanent public record of the disease or injury responsible for the death (the cause of death) and the explanation of how the cause arose (the manner of death).

How do you find out when it's someone's funeral? ›

In most cases, you're likely to hear the news directly from close family or friends of the deceased. If not, you may find out through an announcement in the local paper. There are also online platforms that publish details of recent deaths.

How to verify a death? ›

Confirming death:

Look, listen and feel for breath sounds and respiratory effort for 2 minutes. Look, listen and feel for central pulse and heart sounds for 2 minutes.

Who notifies you when someone dies? ›

The notifier is the person who delivers the death notice. Notifiers can be military, medical personnel or law enforcement. The receiver is the designated person receiving the information about the deceased. Typically, the receiver is a family member or friend of the one who has died.

What is it called when you find out how someone dies? ›

An autopsy is a detailed dissection of a deceased person, done to determine why they died. If you and your family are dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one, you may find comfort in getting answers at this difficult time. But you should also know that autopsies don't always have to be done.

Are death certificates public record in IL? ›

Death records are not public records and are only available to those who have a personal or property right interest (“property right” is defined as something that it is owned, tangible such as a car title or a property deed) with the decedent.

Can I find out the cause of death? ›

The Coroner or Coroner's Officer will give you the cause of death found by the pathologist at a coroner's post mortem examination. In some instances further tests are required for this to be fully determined.

How do I find birth records in Illinois? ›

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records issues 2 types of certified copies of birth certificates, both of which are suitable for legal purposes. If you need an Apostille, contact the Illinois Secretary of State, Index Department; see RESOURCES in the right-hand column or call 800-252-8980.

How to get a death certificate in Cook County? ›

Certified copies of death certificates can be obtained by contacting your funeral home or the Cook County Clerk's Office, Vital Records. Some suburban towns have their own registrar. It is advised to call your funeral home or this office for the registrar that handled a decedent's death certificate.

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