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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Archive holdings at the Clerk of theCircuitCourt-Cook County
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 17:40:07 -0500
References: <200705152121.l4FLLDLq029248@mail.rootsweb.com>
In-Reply-To: <200705152121.l4FLLDLq029248@mail.rootsweb.com>


Hi Joyce,

There was nothing on marriages that I saw.

I'm not aware of any index for marriages in Cook for 1901-1962.
Is that your understanding, too?
Do you have access to the Tribune Archives? If not, give me some
names and I'll see if there was a marriage notice in the paper.

Nan

On May 15, 2007, at 4:21 PM, Joyce Hennessy wrote:

> Hi Nan,
>
> Thanks so much for this information - do you know, is there an
> index for
> marriages, say in the 1930's? Thanks
>
> Joyce Hennessy
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [mailto:] On Behalf Of Nan
> Brennan
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 3:41 PM
> To:
> Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Archive holdings at the Clerk of the
> CircuitCourt-Cook County
>
> http://198.173.15.31/newsite/?
> section=RecArchivePage&RecArchivePage=archive_holdings
>
> 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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