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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Archive holdings at the Clerk of the CircuitCourt-Cook County
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 15:40:45 -0500


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Naturalizations, Probate, Divorce, Mental Health, Law & Chancery,
Criminal Felony, Adoption, County Court Cases.


Archives Holdings
Established in 1992, the Archives of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
of Cook County collects, preserves, and makes available to
researchers the non-current records created by the Cook County Court
systems. Holdings date from the 1871 Chicago Fire.

Please note that this holdings list is only a brief overview.
Researchers should always contact the Archives staff for assistance.

*Starred records are stored offsite and transferred to Archives for
viewing (allow 2-10 working days). Indexes are located in the
Archives unless otherwise stated. Archives patrons should be aware
that the Clerk's office began computerized indexing and docketing of
court cases in the early 1980s, which may affect their research.


NATURALIZATION RECORDS
Dates:
1871-1929
Courts:
Superior, Circuit, County and Criminal Courts of Cook County
(Naturalization records produced by other Cook County towns, such as
Blue Island and Calumet City, are not included)
Includes:
May include declaration of intent, petition, and/or court order.
Declarations of intent filed elsewhere may contain more information.

1904-1906
Name, date of naturalization; possibly address & witness
1904-1906
Above, plus generally include town of birth, port of departure, date
and port of arrival, occupation, witnesses
1906-1929
Above, plus wife's name and date of birth; children's names and dates
of birth; physical description of petitioner
Indexes:
National Archives Soundex Naturalization Index (Microfilm), 1840-1950
(for Northern Illinois and parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana)



PROBATE CASES*
Dates:
1871-1975 (Some wills date from the 1850s)
Courts:
County Court, 1871-ca. 1880; Probate Court, 1880-1963; Probate
Division, 1964-present
Includes:
Besides the administration of wills and estates, Probate matters can
include estates of minors and incompetents. Case files may contain
the will, date of death, heirs, property inventories, description of
real estate, petitions of claimants.
Indexes:
Probate Deceased Indexes (microfilm), 1871-1975
Minors Indexes (microfilm), 1871-1975
Incompetents Indexes (microfilm), 1911-1975
Wills Indexes (microfilm), 1850-1975
Docket Books, 1871-present (stored offsite, in Archives Reading Room,
or in Room 1813, Daley Center)


LAW AND CHANCERY CASES*
Dates:
1871-1963, 1964-1991 (Chancery)

Note: Post-1964 Law cases over 21 years old are destroyed, per
Illinois statute, but all orders issued by judges in the cases are
available on microfilm

Courts:
Circuit and Superior Courts, 1871-1963; Law and Chancery Divisions,
1964-present
Includes:
Case files may contain cause of action (complaint), defendant's
response, motions and briefs filed; testimony (occasional): verdict
(if jury trial); judge's final order. If the case was appealed, a
transcript may be present.
Civil cases reflect a variety of topics, including local area
business and industry, labor issues, medical (and other) professions,
sports and entertainment. Chancery matters also dealt with class
actions, arbitration and injunction, name changes, and proceedings of
corporations. "Burnt Records" cases filed after the Chicago Fire of
1871 to establish land ownership in lieu of destroyed paperwork are
available in Archives on microfilm (1871-ca. 1950).
Indexes:
Circuit Court and Superior Court, both plaintiff and defendant
indexes (microfilm), 1871-1963
Law and Chancery Division Indexes (microfilm), 1964-65
Chancery Division Index (microfiche), 1966-1991; Law Division
Indexes, 1964 forward electronic index
Docket books and clerk's record books, 1871-1980 Law; 1871-1991
Chancery (majority stored offsite)
Law Oversample database index



DIVORCE CASES*
Dates:
1871-1986
Courts:
Circuit and Superior Courts 1871-1963; various suburban municipal
courts ca. 1900-1963; Domestic Relations Division 1964-present
Includes:
Case files may contain the plaintiff's complaint and defendant's
response; certificate of evidence (testimony); and the judge's final
decree, with the terms of settlement.
Divorce cases may provide information about grounds for divorce;
address; occupation; age and name of children of parties; date and
description of the marriage; provision for care of the children.
Cases do not include social security numbers for above dates.
Indexes:
Circuit Court and Superior Court, both plaintiff and defendant
indexes (microfilm), 1871-1963
Divorce Division index (microfiche), 1964-1980; 1981 forward
electronic index
Chicago Heights, Calumet City, Blue Island indexes (microfilm), appx.
1900-1963
Docket books and clerk's record books, 1871-1985 (majority stored
offsite)

CRIMINAL FELONY CASES*
Dates:
1871-1900; 1927-1983 (1871-1900 cases stored in Archives)
Please note that 1900-1927 cases have been destroyed, but case
activity may be re-created from court docket books and indictment
records. Indictment record books (1871-1924) stored offsite, and
indictment records (1913-1923, microfilm) in Archives
Courts:
Criminal Court, 1871-1963; Criminal Division, 1964-present
Includes:
Case files may contain the indictment; names of witnesses on
subpoenas; instructions to jury and final verdict; sentence; court
half sheet. Missing cases may be reconstructed from docket books and
indictment records. Criminal felony case files seldom contain direct
testimony. However, they may occasionally include names of jury
members or persons involved; evidence such as maps, news clippings,
or photographs; or sealed depositions. Files of appealed cases may
contain transcripts of the trial proceedings; felony transcripts from
1931-1970s available in Archives on microfilm.
Indexes:
Criminal Indictment Indexes (microfiche), 1873-1983
Docket books clerks' record books, and half sheets, 1871-1983 (stored
offsite)
Indictment Record (microfilm), 1913-1923

COUNTY COURT CASES*
Dates:
1871-15 years previous to date
Courts:
County Court, 1871-1963; County Division, 1964-present
Includes:
County Court cases have dealt with a variety of matters. Jurisdiction
has included municipal incorporations, land titles, election
contests, child support, and tax objections.
Indexes:
County Court case file indexes, 1871-1963 are closed because of
adoption records listed therein.
Docket Books and Clerk's Record Books, 1871-1980s (stored offsite)

ADOPTION CASES and MENTAL HEALTH CASES (CLOSED)
Dates:
1871-present
Courts:
County, Circuit, and Superior Courts, 1871-1963; County Division,
1964-present
Includes:
NOTE: All adoption and mental health cases are closed, pending an
order by the presiding judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, County
Division. The Archives cannot make these cases available. Patrons
should direct inquiries to the Chief Deputy Clerk of the County
Division.

JUVENILE CASES (CLOSED)
Dates:
1899-1926 with gaps, 1926-1964 destroyed (only a sample preserved
thereafter)
Courts:
Juvenile Court, 1899-1963; Family Division 1964-1970; Juvenile
Division 1970-present
Includes:
NOTE: All juvenile cases are closed, pending an order by the
presiding judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, Juvenile Division.
Patrons should direct inquiries to the Chief Deputy Clerk of the
Juvenile Division. Once written permission is granted by the
presiding judge, patrons may research older non-current case files
through the Archives.
Case files contain information of a personal nature, including
demographic data such as family background, education, health, etc.


CASES NOT READILY AVAILABLE

Justice of the Peace Courts, 1871-1963:

Justice of the Peace Court records were destroyed as allowed by
Illinois statute in the early 1970s.

Municipal Court of Chicago, 1904-1963:

Misdemeanor cases from 1914 to 1924 have been microfilmed; however,
there are no indexes to these cases. A sample of other cases does
exist and is being indexed by the Archives (currently 1950-1963).
This sample includes quasi-criminal cases such as non-support and
paternity.

Municipal Department, both Civil and Criminal Divisions, 1964-present:

Municipal division cases are routinely destroyed in accordance with
Illinois statute. Municipal civil cases are held 21 years, and
Municipal Criminal cases are kept 10 years. A 3% sample is preserved,
along with an oversample of selected charge type for misdemeanors.
Although there are no indexes to many remaining cases, the oversample
may be searched by type of charge.

Law Division cases, 1964-present (see above, Law Division):

Case files are routinely destroyed 21 years after filing, in
accordance with Illinois statute. Docket books, containing a record
of all orders issued by judges in each case, are stored mostly in the
Archives. From microfilm, Archives staff can make copies of these
court orders. However, this is the only record available, as
complaints and pleadings are destroyed with case files. A 3% sample
and a small selected oversample (by case type) is taken for research
purposes and is available at the Archives on microfilm.




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