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Finding grave of mother who died in Chicago in 1974?

I don't know how to find my mother's grave site. She was: Born 1937 Died 1974 Chicago IL.60653
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In the early 1900s, were Chicago deaths recorded by government?

I am looking for information on my great-great-grandfather, and I am just trying to figure this out. My great-grandfather was born in 1907 in Chicago to Polish immigrants, I have his baptismal ...
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Finding parents of Elizabeth Razor (b.1811) who married Fielding Hash?

My 2nd great grandmother was Elizabeth Razor b. 1811. I have a first name for her mother, Lydia, taken from her marriage record to Fielding Hash but no father's name. Does anyone have information ...
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Finding origin of Samuel Brierton (Brereton) born about 1800 in Pennsylvania (perhaps Illinois)?

I have been searching, in vain, for my gr.gr.gr. Grandfather, Samuel Brierton. All information I have says that he was born in Pennsylvania abt. 1800, parents were born in Wales and he then doesn't ...
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Getting from New York to Chicago in the late 1800s

In an earlier question, GeneJ offered some evidence for how some of his ancestors traveled from Quebec to Wisconsin. I am wondering whether there are any records other than private recollections or ...
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Did US cities like Chicago keep registers of “aliens” in the 1880's-1890's?

Would there be any registers or lists of resident "aliens" in US city, county, state or federal records in the 1880's and 1890's? In other words, registers of those who are not US citizens, such as ...
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Sources for Border Crossings between Toronto and Chicago in early 1890's?

What records might exist for border crossings and travel in early 1890's between Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, probably via Michigan? The family members involved ...
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Where are Illinois County Court records archived?

According to the Illinois State Genealogical Society newsletter, between 1867 and 1964, adoptions were handled by the County Courts, which were abolished in 1964. Where does one look now for ...
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Birth record for Illinois or Michigan birth in 1881?

I am having trouble locating a reliable birth record for a person in my tree. According to the 1900 census record, a certain Mollie Goetz/Getz was born in Feb 1881 in Illinois. "United States ...