I just happened to be revisiting the Pilot Search project at the FamilySearch.org website and I noticed a new Illinois database listed within the databases for North America. It is called as the post title indicates Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947. It was marked with a “red” asterisk in the list of databases indicating it is “new” or has been recently “updated”.
I did some quick searching within the database for some of my own names and was discovering new information on those I searched. At this time, you will not be able to see any images of the actual records that you will find. You will only see text descriptions of the information as it applies to the individual that you may have found. This is still very helpful and will provide you with information you may not have known. I know we all want to look at original images. That feature should come at a later date. The un-imaged data is still very useful!!
I also was unable to find any information that indicated what percent of the database has been completed. It is unclear to me as to whether this is 100% completed or is still a work in progress.
The most important thing about this database is that it is a brand new Illinois database within the Pilot Index Project of files available from the LDS!!
Click on the “About This Collection” link within the database page for historical background on what the database record information means.
This is an “all-Illinois” database and is not just for Cook County, Illinois.
So if you any ancestral connection to any area of Illinois for the time period the database covers, then this is your database to search.
I am glad I just discovered this and can share this with my fellow researchers so you can jump into this data with both feet!
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