The Global Database Search will examine all databases on the Illinois State Archives web site containing name fields for the name you enter. A list of all databases containing the name you enter will be returned. Simply click on a database from the list which is returned to search for the record in that database.
The global search requires a complete surname to be entered followed by a comma. The surname MUST be followed by a comma. To search for partial surnames, you should search the individual databases.
Enter the name in the format: last name comma space first name space or period middle initial period (for example, Smith, John D. or Smith, Jos.). The first name and middle initial may be omitted to accomplish a surname search. Searches are not case sensitive: you may use any combination of upper and lower case letters.
Keep in mind the following points when using the Global Database Search: