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.…