I just noticed from a September 28, 2011 Dick Eastman post on his blog at www.eogn.com that Family Search has announced adding an additional 65,000 records to the Illinois Probate 1819-1970 database file.
This database file now contains almost 600,000 images of information.
Here is a direct link to this specific Illinois Probate database among the many databases contained within all of the databases online at FamilySearch.org:
Please note that you can only browse through and look for images of interest to you. You can select a county of your choice. There are images for 44 counties of Illinois. All counties are not present at this time. Cook County and most of the collar counties around Cook are not yet included. Once you select a county, you can then select the Probate records for a given year range of data. It is a very nice way that allows you to get to the geographic area of interest to you as well as the year range of interest to you.
You do not have to browse through almost 600,000 images to get to what might be of value to you.
Find the county and select the years of interest of material for that county.
THIS DATABASE IS UN-INDEXED. YOU CANNOT DO A SURNAME SEARCH ON THIS DATA.
Remember, just because it is un-indexed does not mean it is of no use to you. Just put on your “microfilm reading hat” and browse through what might unlock information on an ancestor of choice.
Give the database a try!
Schaumburg Township District Library