Cook County Burnt Records Act digitized?
During the Chicago Fire in 1871, the Cook County court house burned and along with it, all the property records. At that time, there were 3 abstracting companies whose records were saved and they consolidated their records into one. The Illinois legislature in April 1872 passed the Burnt Records Act which allowed individuals to use these private abstracts to establish authority for their property.
According to a monograph, Chicago & Cook County--A Guide to Research, p. 376, the author states that The Genealogical Society of Utah has microfilmed the Burnt Record book series 1871-1932, (created as a result of the Burnt Records Act) with indexes on 49 microfilm reels. This was written in the 1980s--where are these records accessed now? Have they been digitized? I have looked on the Family Search catalog to no avail--I found Burnt Record entries for other localities, but not Cook County. If these are not yet on Family Search, how is the microfilmed accessible and usable.
I am aware of the originals being in the Cook County Court Archives. The 150th anniversary of the Chicago Fire is coming up and this is for an article in a genealogical quarterly.
Thank you very much.
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