Death Records

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Tazewell County
Death Records

Death Records

Note: All prices quoted below were correct on 1 May 2018 but are subject to change.

Tazewell County did not begin recording deaths until 1878.

1878 - 1915

Recording of deaths was not compulsory until January 1, 1916.  The Tazewell County Clerk's office estimates only about 10% of the deaths prior to 1916 were actually registered.

Only the Tazewell County Clerk recorded death records prior to 1916.  However, Tazewell County has placed copies of the 1878-1915 death records into the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system.

The Tazewell County Clerk charges $5.00 for a document search - whether a record is found or not.

If the document is found, an uncertified copy can be issued at no further cost.

If a certified copy is desired (only certified copies are available for deaths after 1915), the fee will increase to $24.00 for the first copy and $15 for each additional copy.  Check out  how to order a certificate search from the Tazewell County Clerk's office for the latest prices.

IRAD does not charge to access these records.  Here's how to make a request from IRAD.

1916 - 1950

Beginning in 1916 the Tazewell County Clerk and the Department of Public Health jointly maintained death records.

The Tazewell County Clerk charges $5.00 for a document search - whether a record is found or not.

If the document is found, the fee will increase to $24.00 for the first certified copy and $15 for each additional copy.  Only certified copies are available for deaths after 1915.  Check out  how to order a certificate search from the Tazewell County Clerk's office for the latest prices.

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records charges $10.00 for a genealogical non-certified copy ($2 for each extra copy) of the original death record.   A certified copy is available for $19.00 ($4 for each extra copy).  Deaths must have occurred 20 years prior to the request in order to be considered as a genealogical search.  If no record is found, there is still a $10 search fee.  Here's how to order a record from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Department of Public Health has provided the Illinois State Archives with microfilm copies of Illinois death certificates for 1916 - 1950.  Additional years of death records are added from time to time.  The archives has an online index to these records.

Prior to November 15, 2002, the Illinois State Archives offered free uncertified copies of death certificates dating from 1916 to 1947 to all patrons who requested them by email, telephone, or postal mail. Unfortunately, the demand for those records so overwhelmed their staff, the service had to be discontinued.

You are still welcome to visit the archives and lookup the death certificates on your own.  The staff will get you started but can't do your research for you.  (It's really not that difficult and you can get a copy of several death certificates in a visit.)  There will be a small charge for photocopies.

Here's how to do research at the State Archives.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society has also stepped in to look up certificates for folks who can't easily visit the archives.  They have to charge a fee to do this to pay for their staff's time.  It's still the cheapest way (outside of visiting the archives in person) to access the death certificates.

1947 - Present

For deaths after 1947, researchers may contact the Tazewell County Clerk or the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records.

The Tazewell County Clerk charges $5.00 for a document search - whether a record is found or not.

If the document is found, the fee will increase to $19.50 for the first certified copy and $15 for each additional copy.  Only certified copies are available for deaths after 1915.  Check out  how to order a certificate search from the Tazewell County Clerk's office for the latest prices.

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records charges $10.00 for a genealogical non-certified copy ($2 for each extra copy of the original death record.   A certified copy is available for $19.00 ($4 for each extra copy).  Deaths must have occurred 20 years prior to the request in order to be considered as a genealogical search.  If no record is found, a $10 search fee is charged.  Here's how to order a record from the Department of Public Health.

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