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Re: [Nationwide] Online Searchable Death Index


Years ago Cook County had farms where people who were poor and had no place of their own could live and work. Cook County had two locations for burials of those who died there: Oak Forest and Dunning, IL.

Oak Forest also had the TB Hospital on the same property. My mother died there. I got the death certificate from Cook County Records in Chicago.

Dunning, IL was annexed into Chicago and is now a neighborhood on the northwest side of the city. It is on Irving Park Road. I'm driven past there several times. Mt. Olive Cemetery is not far from the hospital.

The State took over the hospital in Dunning and it was called the Chicago State Hospital. It has since merged with the Charles F. Read Hospital and is called Chicago-Read Hospital. Their records might be in Springfield.

I often got the answer, "we don't have any records". Later I learned that a lot of the records were moved to other locations. Its like the old Sears-Roebuck. "We have evrything". We just had to find where.

Give this a try for Cook County go to:

Scroll down to the bottom and type in a question.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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