Cook County, Illinois
Genealogy Trails History Group
Genealogy and History

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Cook County, Illinois
Genealogy Trails Website

Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers who are trying to research their family trees.

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You can send your family's information to this website, via email, to US
We're looking to add the "raw data" folks can use to build their family trees (rather than the actual trees themselves). This includes the transcribed data from the vital records, biographies from the county histories as well as the county history information itself, transcriptions of obituaries, burials data from cemetery trompings and/or readings, the data from military pensions and other service records; enumerations from census years, any newspaper gleanings for the family members including birth announcements, marriage announcements, death notices/obits and anything in between. 

To help us get the data online quickly, it's very helpful to send the data transcribed (rather than sending in a graphic).


We regret that we are unable to do personal research for anyone..
All data we come across will be added to this site.
We thank you for visiting and hope you'll come back again to view the updates we make to this site


Happy Trails to you on your quest for your ancestors.


 Chicago was incorporated as a town in 1833

"COOK COUNTY, situated in the northeastern section of the State, bordering on Lake Michigan, and being the most easterly of the second tier of counties south of the Wisconsin State line. It has an area of 890 square miles; population (1890), 1,191,922; (1900), 1,838,735; county-seat, Chicago. The county was organized in 1831, having originally embraced the counties of Du Page, Will, Lake, McHenry and Iroquois, in addition to its present territorial limits. It was named in honor of Daniel Pope Cook, a distinguished Representative of Illinois in Congress."
(Historical Encylopedia of Illinois, 1901)

City of Chicago History
"Little is known about the Chicago area from 1700 until about 1779 when the pioneer settler of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, from Sainte-Domingue (Haiti), built the first permanent settlement at the mouth of the river just east of the present Michigan Avenue Bridge on the north bank....Du Sable, who appears to have been a man of good taste and refinement, was a husbandman, a carpenter, a cooper, a miller, and probably a distiller. In Du Sable's home, which he shared with his Indian wife, the first marriage in Chicago was performed, the first election was held, and the first court handed down justice. The religion of the first Chicagoan was Catholic and every contemporary report about Du Sable describes him as a man of substance who started the story of Chicago as well as the story of the African American in Chicago." [Source: A.T. Andreas "History of Chicago from the Earliest Period to the Present Time" Chicago, 1884]

DuSable and his wife had two children, a boy named after his father, and a girl named Suzanna, whose birth is considered the first recorded birth in the Chicago area. Today a plaque marks the site in Chicago where his home stood, a high school in the city was named in his honor, and a memorial society exists to revere his memory. DuSable died at St. Charles, Missouri. 

The first white settler in Chicago was purported to be Quebec-born John Kinzie, an Indian trader. He established Kinzie's Trading Post in 1804, close to the Chicago River or Lake Michigan.
[Read about the
American Fur Company and Chicago]

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We're looking for DATA for this site!!!

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please Email Us with your submissions.



Census Records

City Directories

County Records

Death Records


Family Bibles and Records

History Topics

Military Records

Miscellaneous Data

Newspaper Gleanings

Obituaries and Death Notices

Website Updates:
Jan 2018: Obits for HIBDEN, LOQUERCIO, LAKEY.  Sicklist news for VERMILLYEA.  Crime news for VERMILLYEA, SCHWEIZBERGER.  1892 Lightning story (under "FIRE news)  Miscellaneous news story about ERICKSON seeking her daughter.  Marriage announcement for BROWN-FILER

Crime news: Execution of JOHN STONE;  Trial of LUETGERT.  Crime news stories mentioning: BEBB, LYONS, GREENFIELD, BURKE, KROGSTAD, DOUGHERTY, LINDLOFF, MCDONALD.  

Fire News Stories.  Divorce news items for LUNG, JONES.  Marriage Announcements for OSER-MCCORMICK, HAMON-ROHRER, SOHLBERG-WITKOWER.  Sicklist news for HEILBUTH, LUBBING, STREET, BARTACK

May 2017:  Sicklist news for LEIENDECKER, MCNETT.  Obits for SKEETER, BROWN, REED
Apr 2017:  obits for WILLSTEAD, ROHLMAN, MITCHELL, MCDONALD, MEYER, KIMBALL, LOMAX, LEWIS, MAYER, MARBACH, WEBB.  Crime News:  WOODRUFF, Shoe box Murder.  Marriage Announcements for STREETER-SWIFT, O'GRADY-BOWER, QUISENBERRY-JONES, DENNSTEDT-REPPART.  Burials in St. Marys Cemetery, Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery and Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Burials of War of 1812 Soldiers


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Family History Centers in Northern Illinois


Where to Write for Records

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Adjacent Counties
[McHenry County] -- [Kane County]

Will County]

Dupage County] -- [Lake County]

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