MicrofilM and Microfiche

Our center has a large collection of extended loan films including the Chicago/Cook County records listed below. Indexes to many of these records can be found online. See our Chicago Research page for more information and on-line resources.

  • Cook County Birth Index, 1871 – 1916
  • Chicago Delayed Birth Index, 1871 – 1948
  • Chicago Birth Registers, 1871 – 1915
  • Cook County Birth Registers, 1878 – 1894
  • Chicago Birth Certificates, 1878 – 1922
  • Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878 – 1894, 1916 – 1922
  • Northwestern Hospital Births, 1896 – 1933
  • Chicago Delayed Birth Index, 1871 – 1948
  • Sam Fink’s Index to Marriages Mentioned in Chicago Newspapers, 1833 – 1871
  • Chicago/Cook County Marriage Licenses, 1871 – 1920
  • Cook County Marriage Index, 1871 – 1916
  • Chicago Death Index, 1871 – 1933
  • Sam Fink’s Index to Deaths Mentioned in Chicago Newspapers and in Recorder’s Office Volumes, 1856 – 1889
  • Chicago Death Certificates, 1878 – 1947
  • Cook Death Certificates, 1878 – 1909, 1916 – 1922
  • Cook County Death Certificates, 1916 – 1947
  • Coroner’s Death Certificates and Inquests, 1879 – 1904
  • Out-of-town Death Certificates, 1909 – 1915
  • Archdiocese of Chicago Parish Records to c. 1915
  • Calvary Cemetery Interment Records
  • Chicago City Directories 1839 – 1861, 1864 – 1901
  • Lurie Index of People in Chicago in 1937
  • Naturalization Declarations of Intention 1871 – 1929
  • Naturalization Petition Records for Circuit, County, Criminal, Superior, and District Courts, years vary

Film and Call Number Resources

  • Pre-1916 Chicago Death Certificate Film Number List
  • 1916-1947 Chicago Death Certificate Film Number List
  • 1916-1947 Cook County Death Certificate Film Number List

We also have many international films from countries such as Poland, Germany, Lithuania, and England. Browse our card catalog at the Family History Center or, even better, check the Family History Library catalog to identify films of interest and follow the instructions at the bottom of this page to see if we have those reels.


How to check our microfilm holdings

Curious to know what we have in our extended loan collection? Here’s how to check.

  1. Create a free account at FamilySearch.org and set your preferred center to Wilmette Family History Center.
  2. Log in at familysearch.org and use the Family History Library Catalog to identify films for your research.
  3. Click on a film number. You’ll be taken to the film identification page.

In addition to Chicago records, our collection includes films of interest to patrons with immigrant ancestors from places like Germany, Poland, and Scandinavia. Check our card catalog when you’re at the center or use the search strategy described above to learn about our holdings.