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Entered Union: 1818 (21st state)
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Illinois Obituaries

Our collection of Illinois obituaries is expanded regularly as volunteer contributors transcribe citations. You can help other researchers by taking a few minutes each day to pick up your local or county paper and enter citations for the obituaries. We also have many volunteers that transcribe obituary information from the newspaper archives at their local library.

Search by Name

Enter a last name (i.e. surname) and search through the Illinois newspapers citations already indexed.


Or, if you would like to contribute obituaries, first locate your local or county newspaper listing in the directory.

Why Citations? Where's The Rest of the Obit?

To avoid violating the copyright protection exercised by many newspapers over complete obituaries, our database simply cites the individual, date of death, age at death, newspaper name, date of paper and page of citation. We attach a link to the newspaper website (when available) so you can contact them directly to obtain the full obituary.

Newspaper Directory

Browse through our listing of Illinois newspapers and access their online obituary archives. Included in our directory are highlights of genealogy columns published in each paper. To add an obituary citation, locate the newspaper listing and then click on "Add Obituary".

Additional Illinois Sources

Below are links to Illinois sites that have uploaded state or county obituaries. If you would like us to include a link to your obituary page(s), complete this form.

  • Adams County Obituaries
  • Bond County Obituary Forum
  • Brown County Wills and Obituaries
  • Central States Obituary Search Engine
  • Champaign County Obituaries
  • Chicago Tribune Obituary Database
  • Clark County Obituaries
  • Clay County Obituaries
  • Coles County Obituaries
  • Cook County Obituaries
  • Daily Register Obituaries
  • Eldorado Journal Obits, 1917-1919
  • Elgin Area G.A.R. Obituaries
  • Fayette County Obituaries
  • Freeburg Tribune Obituaries 19041939
  • Hamilton County Obituaries
  • Hansen Spear Funeral Home Obituaries
  • Hardin County Obituaries
  • Henderson County Obituaries
  • Henry County Families
  • Highland Park Obituaries
  • Jackson County Obituaries
  • Jefferson County Obituaries
  • Kane County Obituaries
  • Kankakee County Obituaries
  • LaSalle County Obituaries
  • Litchfield News Herald
  • Macon County Obituaries
  • Macoupin County Obituaries
  • Marion County Obituaries
  • Marshall County Obituaries
  • Mascoutah Herald Obituary Dates 1912-1971
  • Massac County Obituaries
  • McDonough County Obituaries
  • McLean County Obituary Surname Index
  • Morgan County Obituaries
  • Moultrie County Obituaries
  • Obituaries of Schuyler County People
  • Ogle County Page Obituaries
  • Peoria County Obituaries
  • Peoria County Scanned Obituaries and Funeral Cards
  • Preston-Hanley Funeral Home Obituaries
  • Putnam County Obituaries 1840-1922
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  • Randolph County Obituaries
  • Rockford Register Star Obituaries
  • Saline County Obituaries, 1922
  • Sangamon County Obituaries
  • Schuyler County Obituaries
  • St. Clair County Obituaries
  • Stephenson County Obituaries
  • Tazewell County Obituaries
  • The Yesterdays of Hamilton County
  • Union County Obituaries
  • Villa Park Argus Obituaries
  • Wabash Valley Obituary Database
  • White County Obituaries
  • Whiteside County Obituaries
  • Will County Obituaries
  • WNOI Current Obituaries
  • Woodford County Obituaries

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