Illinois Death Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search Illinois death records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Illinois death records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain Illinois death certificates is available below.

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Illinois death records

Death records contain information about a person's death, including the date of death, place of death, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the death. Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Illinois death records, Illinois death ceritificates, Illinois death notices, Illinois death indexes, and other related Illinois genealogy records.

Death records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store death records into various online archives. This has brought access to online death records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of deaths, and in addition to death certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing death records of Illinois. We also suggest searching for "Illinois death records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain Illinois Death Certificates

Birth and death records in Illinois were kept on a statewide basis from January 1, 1916. Some records are found in the individual counties as early as 1871, and occasionally earlier. Marriage records continue to be kept on a county level for most areas, though the state has kept an index to these records since 1962. For births and deaths prior to 1916, and marriage records prior to 1962, write to the clerk in the county of question. For birth and death records after 1916, and marriages after 1962, write:

Illinois State Vital Records
Office Division of Vital Records
605 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62702-5097

For prior records, contact the clerk of the county in question.

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