This webpage lists some places you can find Chicago genealogy records and sources online. Be aware that some records were lost in the Chicago fire of 1871. However, other resources, like the Sam Fink Index, can sometimes be helpful in the pre-1871 period for Chicago genealogy research.|
Chicago Vital Records and Obituaries (Birth, Marriage and Death Records)
Chicago City Directories
- Online Chicago and Cook County Death Records, Indexes, Obituaries and Cemetery Burials
- FamilySearch has Cook County Vital Records Indexes for Birth Certificates 1871-1940 and Birth Registers 1871-1915; Marriages 1871-1920; Deaths 1878-1994 (indexes only; no images).
- Cook County Vital Records - Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates (begins circa 1872) includes birth records 75 years or older, marriage licenses 50 years or older and death records 20 years or older; index searches are free with registration; requires payment to download copies of the records
- Sam Fink's Chicago Death Notices Index 1856-1889 and Marriage Notices Index 1833-1871 (at Ancestry/requires payment) extracted from 10 Chicago newspapers
- Cook County Marriage Index, 1871-1920 at FamilySearch includes Chicago; has some entries for 1921-1941
- Cook County Marriage Indexes, 1912-1942 (at Ancestry/requires payment) The majority of the records indexed here are for 1914-1923.
- Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960 (at Ancestry/requires payment)
- Chicago Irish Families 1875-1925 (at Ancestry/requires payment) has over 5000 entries, mostly from newspapers, parish records, cemetery inscriptions and other genealogy sources.
- Illinois Statewide Marriage Index (coverage varies by county) includes 1833-April 1901 for Cook County (the 1833-1871 period is from the Sam Fink index)
Illinois Naturalization Records
- Chicago City Directories: Assorted Years 1844-1947 (at Ancestry/requires payment) Coverage and type of directory varies; many of the 20th Century directories are Business Directories.
- 1928 Chicago Criss-Cross Directory listed by street and address (alphabetical PDF files)
- Chicago City Directories Online at ChicagoAncestors.org includes Chicago Street Guides for 1866, 1870, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1892, 1900, 1910 and 1923; and Chicago City Directories for 1866, 1870, 1871, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1892, 1900, 1910 and 1923
Note: Cook County Naturalization records prior to 1871 were destroyed in the Chicago fire.
Chicago Church Records
Chicago Newspapers (Historical)
Chicago Property Records
More Chicago Genealogy Online
- The Illinois section at: Historical USA Newspapers and Indexes on the Internet includes links for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Examiner, Chicago Sentinel (weekly Jewish publication), Hyde Park Herald (neighborhood on Chicago's South Side), and others
- For Obituaries see the first link in the Vital Records section above