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Illinois Probate Records on FamilySearch

A smattering of probate records for Illinois on FamilySearch:

There are other counties. These are just counties I happened to find while doing something else. Search the catalog for your location of interest.

Remember that the FHL rarely has the entire courthouse records microfilmed.

Genealogy Search Tip of the Day is proudly sponsored by GenealogyBank. Try their “GenealogyBank Search” and see what discoveries you make.


Beginning German Genealogy Webinar Released

This session focuses on starting your German research. The session will include an overview of German genealogical sources (both online and offline), naming patterns and concerns, maps and other geographic finding aids, basics of terminology and handwriting, and more. Intended for those who have not really started researching their German ancestors in Germany.

Download is immediate. Presentation can be viewed more than once. Handout included.

Order today–introductory price expires 18 July.

Crossing the Pond Webinar Released

We’ve just released the recording and handout for my recent “Pond Crossing” webinar.

Sophia Derle Trautvetter crossed the pond in 1853.

This presentation discusses way to determine the “across the pond” origins for 18th and 19th century immigrants to the United States. The focus of this presentation is on sources and methods and are not specific to any country of origin. The bulk of the presentation discusses situations where the place of birth is not as easy as simply locating the immigrant’s death record, obituary, etc. Our discussion concentrates on situations where multiple records need to be used and where the establishment of the extended kin network is necessary.

Orders are processed immediately and presentation can be viewed as often as needed and is for personal use only.

Order here for immediate download.


Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994

FamilYSearch is indicating that this index has been updated.

Please note that the index is in process–read the instructions. Images are not available for free on FamilySearch–index only. But there is a transcription names and some key information.

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994


Genealogy Search Tip of the Day is proudly sponsored by GenealogyBank. Try their “GenealogyBank Search” and see what discoveries you make.

Still Time to Join Michael In Ft. Wayne!

There is still time to join me in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, at the Allen County Public Library this August!

Our group is informal, relaxed and focused on helping you when you need or want it. We don’t schedule other “non-genealogy” activities and other than our morning session and an “optional” evening meal, your time is your own to research, ask questions of me when you need to, etc.

There are more details on our website.