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State of Illinois Question and Answers

  • Q:
    How do I access death records
    By Susan
    Jun 09, 2016
    Reply:
    The Illinois secretary of state's website has a free statewide search of deaths Indexed pre-1916. The state department of health claims that death records are not public, this is what it says: "only available to those who have a personal or property right interest with the decedent". However, on the same page, there's a paragraph about uncertified are "often used for genealogy or research, are for informational use only and cannot be used for legal purposes". There's a link on the IDPH's website "Researchers", which gives 2 options on how to get the death records, for informational purposes only.
    By adm
    Jun 09, 2016

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