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Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1833-1925
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Catholic Church parishes, Chicago Diocese, Chicago


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection broadly contains the following records from parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chicago:

  • Births/Christenings (1833-1899)
  • Deaths/Burials (1845-1899)
  • Marriages (1833-1899)

The Archdiocese of Chicago publishes a PDF file containing a Parish Directory and an online Parish Finder Map. The diocese also publishes a list of Catholic cemeteries in Chicago and a list of additional genealogical sources to help you locate your Catholic ancestors in Chicago.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in English, Czech, German, and Latin.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Baptism

  • Child's name
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date
  • Names of parents and their origin
  • Godparents' names

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Residences of bride and groom
  • Groom's baptismal date
  • Bride's baptismal date
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Witnesses' names

Death / Burial

  • Date and place of interment
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Death date
  • Cause of death

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The type of event: baptism, marriage or death
  • The date the event occurred
  • The names of family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Parish or Town
  2. Select the Record Type and Year Range to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s church record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use christening (baptismal) and birth records to identify a person’s birth date and place. These are an excellent substitute for civil birth records
  • Use death or burial records to identify a person’s birth date and place. Use age at the time of death or burial to calculate the person’s birth date. These are an excellent substitute for civil death records
  • Use marriage records to identify a couple and the marriage date and place
  • Church records are considered a primary source. They are usually reliable because they are kept by the minister, or a clerk appointed by the minister, who usually recorded an event at or very near the time it occurred

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names or for nicknames
  • Check the records of other congregations in the area or nearby communities

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Illinois.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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