Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society has copied the original 1878-1950 death certificates which were in long-term storage at the Tazewell County courthouse. We would like to thank the Tazewell County Clerk’s office for allowing us to access these historical documents!
Death records in Tazewell County vary in content and location depending on the time period in which the death was reported. Death certificates can contain a great deal of information about the individual and his/her death.
Starting in 1878, the Illinois State Board of Health required all deaths to be reported to the Tazewell County Clerk, although most were not reported because compliance was not enforced. The Tazewell County Clerk's office estimates only about 10% of the deaths prior to 1916 were actually recorded.
Beginning in 1916 the Tazewell County Clerk and the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records jointly recorded death records. Compliance was very high, reaching 95% state-wide by 1919.
Death certificates after 1916 generally show date, place and cause of death; the deceased's full name, sex, race, marital status, birth date, age at death, occupation, employer, social security number, and city & state of birthplace; father's name and birthplace; mother's maiden name and birthplace; name of the informant providing the information (usually a close family member); the filing date; certificate number; and the registrar’s name, signature and address. Also included are certifying physician’s name & signature; sometimes the burial place and date; and the funeral home’s name and address.
TCGHS members may search the online index below. Here are some tips on using the index.
Copies of a death certificate may be ordered at the Society's library, through the mail, or online using our shopping cart. Your copies may be picked up at the library or will be emailed/mailed to you at no extra charge.
Please supply the deceased’s name, date of death, and delivery mode for each death certificate you want copied. Your order must be paid before we will create the copies.
Each copy is $5.00. Copies ordered online will be $5.45 (to offset the fees we are charged by the credit card payment processor). Credit cards are not accepted for mailed orders.
We cannot guarantee any name on a death certificate is the person you’re looking for. Please see our research services if you need further research done.
b. – born
d. – died
d.c. – death certificate
DoD – Date of Death
(h) – husband
(w) - wife
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