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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Archive holdings at the ClerkoftheCircuitCourt-Cook County
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 18:44:15 -0500
References: <200705152340.l4FNdqUI027465@mail.rootsweb.com>
In-Reply-To: <200705152340.l4FNdqUI027465@mail.rootsweb.com>


Hah!

Don't search marriage, search front page!

Nan

On May 15, 2007, at 6:39 PM, Joyce Hennessy wrote:

> Thanks Nan,
>
> I do have access to the Trib Archives - just never thought of doing
> so.
> However, I just don't think there will be a notice in the paper for
> this
> marriage - this is on the "seamier" side of my dad's family <grin>
>
> Joyce
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [mailto:] On Behalf Of Nan
> Brennan
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 6:33 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Archive holdings at the Clerk
> oftheCircuitCourt-Cook County
>
> Joyce,
> Do you want me to check the Tribune?
>
> Nan
>
> On May 15, 2007, at 6:17 PM, Joyce Hennessy wrote:
>
>> Thanks Nan and Patti,
>>
>> I THINK the couple (not Irish) got married around 1935 or maybe a
>> little
>> later, and I THINK they married in Chicago before a JP. But not
>> knowing for
>> sure, hate to spend $15.00 on a wild goose chase - it is just too
>> uncertain.
>>
>> Joyce
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> [mailto:] On Behalf Of Nan
>> Brennan
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 5:40 PM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Archive holdings at the Clerk of
>> theCircuitCourt-Cook County
>>
>> 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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