Probate Search, Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court Archives



I will visit the Circuit Court Archives in Chicago to search the Deceased Probate Index and the Wills Index.

If I find a case number, I will have the file brought in from the warehouse and will return in about a week to make color scans of the records. If I’m not able to find a match, I will provide you with a detailed explanation of how and what I searched.

I charge $10 for a successful index search (flat fee charged as an expense) and $40/hour for scanning pages from the file with a minimum of 20 minutes.

Probate files can be quite large, with some reaching 100 pages or more, but I am happy to follow your guidelines and work within your budget. When you submit your request, please tell me if you’d like me to 1) copy everything; 2) copy select documents; or 3) copy according to other instructions. I will do my best to follow your guidance but please understand that if I don’t copy everything, there’s a chance that I might miss something important.

Scanning time varies based on how hard pages are to copy (folded or flat, legal-size requiring me to stitch two images together or 8.5 × 11) but I’m efficient and a good rule of thumb is that I can scan, rotate, and crop about 60 images in an hour.

$40.00 /hour + expenses

Retainer upfront; Balance due on completion


Cook County, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois


Cook County Circuit Court Archives

Ordering instructions from chicagogenealogy

Please provide me with the name of the deceased and the death date. Also let me know what you would like copied from the file, if I’m able to find a case number.

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