Obituary Lookup Volunteers - Illinois

Obituary Lookup Volunteers

Please follow these guidelines when making a lookup request:

  • If this is your first request, read Making a Request.
  • To find the county for your lookup request, use the USA County Lookup.
  • Before making a request, do a quick Web Search in case the obituary is available there.
  • If you don't know the exact date for a death from 1916 to 1950, use the Illinois Statewide Death Index (1916-1950) to find the date of death before you make a request.
  • If you don't know the exact date of death for a death before 1916, check the Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916 to find the date of death(if available) before you make a request.
  • If you find a volunteer for your area, use the listing's Email link to send your request directly to him or her.  If you don't find a volunteer, send your request to the mailing list (see OBIT-LOOKUPS-L Mailing List for subscription information).
  • After receiving a lookup, post or publish the obituary or an abstract to help other researchers.
  • Please do not send the same request to more than one volunteer.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS - Please consider volunteering
for your area, even on a limited basis, because every lookup
helps someone.  Becoming a Volunteer has more information.

Volunteer listings are by county, with statewide listings last, and related statewide links below.  The areas the volunteer covers and the resources available are listed along with the volunteer's name and e-mail address, and web page if any.  Entries in green are web sites for libraries, newspapers, death records, cemeteries, and genealogical/historical societies.  Many library web sites have information about local obituaries and newspapers. 

County City or Town/Newspapers/Libraries, Etc. Volunteer
Adams Quincy Newspaper (Covers most of Adams County) Karen S -
Adams Quincy - Hansen-Spear Funeral Home Obituaries WebPage
Boone Boone County Lookups Rita B -
Bureau Fairfield, Greenville, Yorktown, Thomas: The Tampico Tornado (1876-1966)
Tampico Area Historical Society(Some Posted Obits)
Denise M -
Cass Access to Cass County Historical & Genealogical Society
Obits for Chandlerville, Ashland, Beardstown and Virginia
Carol O -
Cass Cass County Historical & Genealogical Society WebPage
Champaign   Sharon H -
Clinton Carlyle Union Banner Linda H -
Cook Barrington Area Library - Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes for the Barrington Courier-Review - FEE WebPage
Cook Barrington Area Library - List of Cemeteries WebPage
Cook Blue Island/Blue Island Sun Standard (1919-1950) Kirk V -
Cook Oak Park Newspaper Only Ellen P -
Cook Chicago/Chicago Tribune (1861-P) - Waiting List
DO NOT send SAME request to more than one Volunteer!!
Pam S - Vacation
Cook Oak Lawn/Index to Obituaries and Death Notices from Local Newspapers (1985-2002) WebPage
Cook Oak Lawn - Daily Southtown (7/1924-Present)
NOTE - Check Oak Lawn Index ABOVE first for Name & Date
** Lookups Done ONCE A MONTH Only ** Waiting List **
Anna - Vacation
Cook Skokie/Skokie Obituary Index (1960-P) WebPage
Cook Wilmette Historical Museum Online Vital Records Indexes
Wilmette and Gross Point Birth Certificate Index (1893-1926)
Wilmette Death Certificate Index (1913-10/1953)
Wilmette Life Obituary Index (1978-2002)
DeKalb Sandwich Obit Lookups, Obituary Index Available Anne S -
DeWitt Clinton Library Newspaper and Record Lookups Carlene M -
DuPage Naperville - Nichols Library, Aurora - Aurora Public Library Lookups Timothy O -
DuPage Naperville Lookups ONLY Margaret S -
Elgin Lookups in the Elgin Courier Jamie K -
Ford   Betty H -
Ford   Gail H -
Greene   Julie G -
Henry Galva Public Library Lookups Rebecca -
Henry Geneseo/Geneseo Republic Norma M -
Henry Kewanee/Star Courier Norma M -
Jackson Obituaries Juli C -
Jefferson Obituaries, Illinois State DAR Library collection
Brehm Memorial Library genealogy collection
Greg L -
Jersey History/Genealogy Resources at the Jerseyville Public Library WebPage
Jersey   Julie G -
Kane Aurora ONLY Anne -
Kane Libraries of Kane County, Illinois WebPage
Kendall Kendall County News and Kendall County Record, Covering the Towns of: Helmar, Little Rock, Lisbon, Newark, Oswego, Plano, Plattville and Yorkville. Anne S -
Knox Knox County Historical Society WebPage
Knox Galesburg Public Library WebPage
Lake Barrington Area Library - Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes for the Barrington Courier-Review - FEE WebPage
Lake Barrington Area Library - List of Cemeteries WebPage
Lake Fremont Public Library District Obituary Indexes: Mundelein Review (1998-P), Mundelein News (1998-P), Herald (1971 - mid-1981). SASE for copies. WebPage
Lake Highland Park Public Library
Obituary Index - Fee for Obituaries
Lake Zion Genealogical Society (Donations Accepted) Rose F -
Macon Decatur Library - Alpha Index for Obituaries Marcia S -
Macon   Deborah C -
Macoupin History/Genealogy Resources at Macoupin County Libraries WebPage
Madison   Julie G -
Mason Cemetery books (before 1968) Harriet R -
Massac   Terry R -
McHenry Genealogical Society - Index of Obits (1936-1969)
McHenry County Indices
McHenry   Matthew M -
McHenry   Sandie -
McHenry Crystal Lake Herald Linda S -
Menard Deaths 1877-1900; births 1877-1885; marriages 1839-1900; census 1840-1880 and 1910 Margaret H -
Mercer Aledo Times Record **LIMITED AVAILABILITY** - Volunteer will notify requester when she is going Jan D -
Montgomery Raymond/Doyle Public Library June H -
Montgomery Litchfield, Raymond, Nokomis & Hillsboro ONLY from 1900 to present Sarah E -
Ogle (North) Forreston Library Cindy B -
Peoria Obituary Lookups: 1950-present. Limit 5 names per request; reimbursement may be required. Shelley A -
Peoria Peoria Public Library WebPage
Perry History & Genealogy WebPage
Piatt Piatt County Historical and Genealogical Society WebPage
Piatt Piatt County Newspapers Lisa W -
Rock Island Obit Lookups and Cemetery Photos - LIMIT 2-3 per Month Julie C -
Rock Island Reynolds Press (1896-1963), Rock Island Argus/Moline Historical Library, Rock Island Library Jan D -
St. Clair Belleville Public Library - St. Clair County Genealogy WebPage
Sangamon Springfield ONLY Terry J -
Sangamon Springfield Area LeeAnn V -
Union Jonesboro Gazette - obituary
transcriptions online, 1858-1939
Whiteside Deer Grove, Fairfield, Hahnaman, Tampico: The Tampico Tornado (1876-1966)
Tampico Area Historical Society(Some Posted Obits)
Denise M -
Whiteside Sterling/Daily Gazette Norma M -
Whiteside Morrison/Whiteside News-Sentinel Norma M -
Will Lockport, Bolingbrook, Joliet Herald News (1890-Present), Joliet City Directories (1872-1947), Misc. Joliet Local Newspapers (1846-1890).
See List for Newspapers and Dates
** Lookups Done ONCE A MONTH Only ** Waiting List **
Anna - Vacation
Winnebago Rockford Area ONLY, Rockford Public Library & Gen/History Room Kathy P -
*Statewide* Illinois State Historical Library - Has Newspapers for Entire State - Allows Inter-Library Loan WebPage

Illinois Links

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