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Jan 02, 2020
Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994.
Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994, you can determine when you ancestor migrated
to Illinois. The record set covers the years 1878 to 1939
and 1955 to 1994. This record is an index that tells you the age of your
ancestor and the date and place where he or she died. You will learn where he
or she was born. If this is given, it can help to identify that you have the
The collection contains an index of deaths recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago. Deaths for Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago) are missing for the years 1910-1915.
After 1916 the following information was added:
You will be able to see who they were married
to if they were married. The index also lets you know who their employer was.
The place of burial is also given, and I cannot stress enough what the date of
death and burial date will enable you to find:
Get to know
the local library in the area. You can find this and many other resources on
the Research Wiki: Cook County, Illinois Genealogy. Be sure to also
check out African American Resources for Illinois on the Research Wiki. Also look for other
records: birth certificate, marriage certificate, probate, and land records.
You should order a copy of the certificate for this time period from Cook County because it
contains more information.
Next, I would like to show you how what I just wrote assisted me. I have
Nelms on my dad’s side. His mother was Ora Nelms Foster. Henderson and Lucy
Nelms were born enslaved in North Carolina. They were transported to DeSoto
County, Mississippi where they were later emancipated. After some time, they
migrated to Arkansas. My great grandparents passed from this life. My
grandfather, James Foster, and my grandmother, Ora Nelms Foster and their
children moved to Memphis, Tennessee. I found them there on city directories
and the 1940 US Census.
I have never looked at records that would tell me
when her sister, Josephine Nelms Hardaway, or her family got to Illinois. So, I
went to her record on Family Tree at FamilySearch.org. Illinois,
Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994 FamilySearch Historical Records were sitting
waiting for me to find them and attach them to Josephine and her family
members. I never search cold at FamilySearch.org. I search from the person I
have on my tree, the Person Page.
I took a screenshot of how the record hints appeared to me. Booker T. Hardaway was the son of John Hardaway and Josephine Nelms Hardaway. All these records need to be reviewed and attached to my family tree. That has saved time. All of the records are my Booker T. Hardaway.
I could not find the Illinois,
Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994 record by looking up Josephine or Josie. Look
at the way her name was misspelled on the last two records, Joie. This is
definitely the way to search FamilySearch.org looking for historical records.
Researching African American Genealogy provides step-by-step guidance for beginning your ancestor search, as well as links to online resources.
Quick Guide to African American Records contains information on beginning research tips, links to suggested guides for beginning your search for African American ancestors, overviews of major record sets, tips for finding the slaveholder, links to tutorials for African American genealogy in the FamilySearch Learning Center, and links to other online and offline resources.
Southern States Slavery and Bondage Collections will help you locate digitized searchable collections as well as digitized microfilms in the FamilySearch catalog related to slavery and bondage. The page is arranged by state.
African American Genealogy provides links to Wiki pages for researching African Americans in each U.S. state.
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