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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Answering Nan
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 01:21:54 -0500
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Bonnie,

Thanks very much for the information.
Very helpful.

Nan

On May 30, 2007, at 5:48 PM, Bonnie Brown wrote:

> Hi Nan-
>
>
>
> To answer your questions:
>
>
>
> No, the Daily News obits are not indexed in any way that I've found
> (grrrr.)
>
> I've just used death dates from the Sec'y of State website. It was
> the
>
> afternoon paper, so I start looking on the death date, just in case.
>
>
>
> Divorce cases are indexed twice.by plaintiff and defendant
> (different films)
>
> by year the divorce was filed. Since in most divorces the two parties
>
> had the same surname, I've usually only had to check one film*
>
> (* note, though that there are two city courts, Circuit and Superior,
>
> AND also satellite courts, in Blue Island, Chicago Heights and Calumet
>
> City that handled divorces, and, of course, each has its own set of
> indexes).
>
> It was apparently less expensive to file at the satellites, so it
> wasn't
> only southsiders
>
> that used those facilities. ) I've actually been grateful for
> having both
> plaintiff and
>
> defendant indexes, when one or the other was an illegibly-light
> film.there's
> always
>
> the other for backup.
>
>
>
> Probates are indexed by year of filing, so if your ancestor died in
> December,
>
> I'd check the following year as well as the death year. Same with
> wills
>
> (again, two separate indexes). All probates and wills were
> (thankfully)
> handled
>
> downtown, so there's only one film for each (probate and will) per
> year.
>
>
>
> If our moderator will allow me a little plug, I do divorce/will/
> probate
> lookups
>
> for a small fee in Cook County. It takes me two trips (one index,
> one to
> review/copy
>
> the file), but the work can be accomplished in about 1-2 weeks. I
> can also
> do
>
> Harold Washington Library work, though Molly in Springfield can do
> newspaper
>
> obit lookups much more reasonably than I can. (end of
> advertisement).
>
>
>
> Bonnie
>
>
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