Cook County Obituaries and More

About once a week we get asked by a well-meaning genealogist how they can get an obituary of an ancestor or relative who died in Cook County. We finally figured out that when people unfamiliar with the northern Illinois area Google “Cook County Library,” the Cook Memorial Public Library District is the first hit to…

Looking for Chicago obituaries?

Cook Library has two databases you can use to find Chicago obituaries.¬†Patrons most often use the Chicago Tribune Historical Database for Chicago research. The less frequently used¬†is called Chicago Tribune Historical Archive but it’s one you don’t want to overlook. Here’s why: Chicago Tribune Historical Archive has access to 2.5 million obituaries and death notices.…

More Chicago Genealogy

While helping a patron with her Chicago genealogy recently, I came across a few other very helpful websites that anyone doing Chicago genealogy should know about and use. The Newberry Library has a great page on Chicago Genealogy. But don’t overlook their research guides page, either, which has many helpful links to researching Chicago history.…

Researching Chicago ancestors

Grace DuMelle of the Newberry Library joined us last night for an interesting and informative presentation on Chicago genealogy. She emphasized the address changes that took place in 1909 and the wealth of newspapers available for our area–there’s more than just the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Grace mentioned several databases that Cook Library…