The Illinois Obit Finder lets you search for citations for obituaries that can be found in the Newspaper Microfilm Collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (ALPL).
The Illinois Obit Finder contains only those names that have been researched at the library. If you find someone’s name, the obituary is available through the ALPL. If you do not find a name it just means that no one has researched that particular name and recorded it.
Click here for a list of the Illinois newspaper titles on microfilm that are available through the ALPL.
If you find an obituary citation and you want a copy of the obituary, you can order a copy or borrow the microfilm on interlibrary loan. You can also contribute your obituary citations to the Illinois Obit Finder database.
The more names that are researched at the ALPL and contributed to the database. the more complete the Illinois Obit Finder will become!