Index to Death Records - 1878 to 1917

Death records were kept between 1878 - 1917, however these were not mandatory. If you do not find your ancestor here, it does not mean that he or she did not die in De Witt County. Again these were transcribed by many, so check for every spelling variation. I found a multitude of errors and started to correct them but, if someone wanted to send for one, they need the spelling that is on file. If anyone can identify the "Unknown's" given name please let me know.p>

Now about the death record itself. Don't think you will find a lot of information; as it just states they died, name, and date in most cases, some have cause of death and/or spouse. They can all be ordered from:

DeWitt County Clerk
DeWitt County Courthouse
201 W. Washington St.
Clinton, IL 61727

Phone: (217) 935-2119

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Another good place to search is the Illinois Statewide Death Index Pre-1916. These death certificates show the name, age, sex, marital status, and race of the deceased; the places of birth, death and burial; the dates of death and burial; the cause of death; the date filed; and the signature of the physician and the registrar.

Death record or register shows the name, race, marital status, age, sex, and occupation of the deceased; the date, place, and the primary cause of death; contributing causes and duration; the place and date of burial; the name and address of the undertaker; and the name and address of the physician.

Currently, they don't have any records online for DeWitt County but other Illinois counties they do have include Cass, Cook, Fayette, Macoupin, Menard, Morgan, Scott, Shelby, and Wabash. They are still adding records so check back from time to time to see if your county has been added by clicking here.

The 1916-1950 Illinois Statewide Death Index is another good source of information. To obtain records, researchers wishing an unofficial or uncertified copy of a death certificate may visit the Illinois State Archives Reference Room. The original certificates remain in the custody of the Illinois Department of Public Health and an official certified copy may be obtained through the Illinois Department of Public Health or the county clerk’s office of the county where the death occurred.