Illinois Genealogy Resources
Chicago and Cook County
Politics and Government
- Ahern, Michael Loftus. Political History of Chicago.
Alien Registration Records, 1940-1944. From U.S. Citizen and
Immigration Services. In response to distant threats of war, the
United States launched the Alien Registration Program in July of
1940. Pursuant to the Alien Registration Act of that year, every
alien resident in the United States had to register at their
local Post Office while aliens entering the country registered
as they applied for admission. Alien Registration requirements
applied to all aliens over the age of fourteen, regardless of
nationality and regardless of immigration status.
Alien Voters 1864 - Cook County, Illinois. Chicago Daily
Tribune, Sunday, April 17, 1864. USGenWeb Illinois Archives.
Alien Voters 1864 (part 2) - Cook County, Illinois. The
Chicago Daily Tribune, Sunday, April 17, 1864. USGenWeb
- Allswang, John M. A House for All Peoples: Ethnic
Politics in Chicago, 1890-1936. Lexington, KY: University
Press of Kentucky, 1971.
- Bennett, Fremont O. Politics and Politicians of Chicago,
Cook County and Illinois. Chicago, 1886.
- Chicago Bureau of Statistics and Municipal Library. The
Chicago City Manual. Chicago, 1908. (List of government
officials and description of their duties)
Chicago City Council Proceedings, 1833-1871. This database
provides access to the working papers of the Chicago City
Council for the period before the Great Fire. Until their
rediscovery in 1983, these files were presumed to have been
destroyed in that catastrophe. The database contains entries for
35,650 different files. Each entry shows the title of the file
and a control number containing the filing calendar or fiscal
year, file number, filing month and day. Includes only a few
personal names and is of limited value to genealogists.
Chicago Police Department Homicide Record Index, 1870-1930.
The Chicago Homicide Record Index was compiled by Michelle
Adams, an intern for the Illinois Regional Archives Depository
at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. The 12,705
records in the database were extracted from the Chicago Police
Department Homicide Records. Precisely when and how the Chicago
Police Department's Homicide Records were compiled is uncertain.
What is known is that Police Department personnel made a
concerted effort to list all of the homicides within the city of
Chicago between 1870 and 1930.
Cook County Assessor's Office: Property Search Search by
property index number and property class.
Cook County Circuit Court: Records and Archives.
Record searches, copies and certified documents.
Cook County Clerk's Office: Genealogy Records. The Cook
County Clerk's office provides non-certified copies of vital
records for the purpose of genealogical research.
Cook County Coroner's Inquest Record Index, 1872-1911. The
Cook County Coroner's Inquest Record Index was compiled by
Michelle Adams and Milan Jovcic, interns for the Illinois
Regional Archives Depository at Northeastern Illinois University
in Chicago. The 74,160 records in the database were extracted
from the Cook County Coroner's Inquest Records. The inquests
included in this index cover the period from December 1872 to
November 1911. The volumes for the period from October 1879 to
July 1880 (668 inquests) and from May 1888 to October 1888 (720
inquests) are missing. The Cook County Office of the Medical
Examiner does not have any inquest records prior to December
1872. Records after November 1911 are in the custody of the
Office of the Medical Examiner.
Cook County, Illinois - Free Public Records Links.
Crime In Chicago 1907. Cook County IL Archives History.
- Fiske, Barbara Page, editor. Key to Government in Chicago
and Suburban Cook County. Chicago: The University of Chicago
- Flinn, John Joseph. History of the Chicago Police.
New York, 1973.
Gilbert, Frank. Centennial History of the City of Chicago: Its Men and Institutions. Chicago, 1905.
Gilbert, Paul T. and Charles L. Bryson. Chicago and Its Makers. Chicago, 1929.
- Green, Paul M. and Melvin G. Holli, eds. The Mayors: the
Chicago Political Tradition. Carbondale, IL: Southern
Illinois University Press, various editions.
IRAD Local Governmental Records Holdings Database.
This database provides a listing of the
local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional
Archives Depository (IRAD) system. Local governmental records
include those from county, city, town, village, and township
levels throughout Illinois. Numerous offices are represented
from these levels. The record holdings of the IRAD system
include over 5,400 different record series.
For each record series the following
information is included: depository, accession number, title,
county, beginning date and ending date. By selecting "Cook" in
the "County" field of this database, researchers can generate a
list of Cook County records held by IRAD in Chicago.
- Leidenberger, Georg. Chicago's Progressive Alliance:
Labor and the Bid for Public Streetcars. DeKalb, Illinois,
Northern Illinois University Press, 2005.
- Lepawsky, Albert. Home Rule for Metropolitan Chicago.
Municipalities in Cook County. There are
(Cities, Villages and incorporated towns) within Cook County's
956 square mile area (227 sq. miles=City of Chicago, 573 sq.
mile=Suburban cities and municipalities and 156 sq.
- NARA's Great Lakes Region (Chicago). Maintains retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.