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Illinois Free Death Records


Don't be tricked into paying for death records. Welcome to Find Free Death Records, Your # 1 Resource to Find Free Illinois Death Records. I list the best ways to get Illinois death records and obituaries for free or as little money as possible. This page is updated daily - if you have more up-to-date information or corrections, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Illinois Free Death Records Obituaries
How to Apply:
    • Download the Application for Search of Death Record Files from the Illinois Department of Public Health
    • Complete the above application and mail it, along with a check or money order, to:
    • Illinois Department of Public Health 
      Division of Vital Records 
      925 East Ridgely Ave. 
      Springfield, IL 62702-2737
    • If you are looking for a death record from 1916 - 1950, Illinois offers an online database for free that anyone can access. Check out the link at the bottom of the page under "Websites"!


    • If you are looking for death records from 1916 - 1950, they can be accessed for free from the Illinois Department of Public Health website (see below).
    • Regular mail requests are processed, on average, between 8 - 10 weeks.
    • Illinois law states that death records may be issued only as listed below:
    • Upon the specific written request for a uncertified/certified copy by a person, or his duly authorized agent, having a genealogical record (record must be over 20 years old), personal or property right interest in the record.
    • If you fall under that eligibility, you will need to indicate your relationship to the person registered on your application.


    • Free (for death records 1916 - 1950), $17.00 otherwise

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