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Records Retrieval

At Discovering Connections we have access to libraries, courts, and other repositories in the Northwest Indiana / Chicago area and can help you track down local records.

Need help locating documents that have not been digitized for your own research needs? We can help you retrieve documents in Lake County, Indiana, Cook County, Illinois, or surrounding Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan counties.

LAKE AND PORTER COUNTY INDIANA REPOSITORIES:

- Lake County Library

- Lake County Courts

- Lake County Health Department

- Griffith Indiana Family History Center

- Valparaiso Indiana Family History Center

- Porter County Library

- Porter County Courts

- Porter County Health Department

- Lake and Porter County Cemeteries

- Gary Public Library

- Calumet Regional Archives

- Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society

COOK COUNTY ILLINOIS REPOSITORIES:

- Cook County Courts

- Chicago Public Library

- National Archives at Chicago

- Newberry Library

- Ronald Williams Library

SURROUNDING INDIANA, ILLINOIS, AND MICHIGAN COUNTIES:

Indiana Counties: La Porte, Jasper and Newton

Illinois Counties: Du Page, Iroquois, Kankakee, Lake, and Will

- Michigan Counties: Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren

If you have other records retrieval requests that do not involve the above named locations please contact us to determine availability and pricing.

Records Retrieval Packages

$30

Up to 2 Records at Lake County and Porter County, Indiana Repositories

Cost may be lowered if you already have the document identification number, volume and page number of court documents, or exact date of obituaries.

Records will be thoroughly searched for at repository, but results of findings cannot be guaranteed. 

For more than 2 records, an hourly rate of $40/ hour will be charged. A minimum of 1 hour must be requested.

Copying fees for documents will be charged at cost and billed separately.

$35

Up to 2 Records at Cook County, Illinois Repositories

Cost may be lowered if you already have the document identification number, volume and page number of court documents, or exact date of obituaries.

Records will be thoroughly searched for at the repository, but results of findings cannot be guaranteed.

For more than 2 records, an hourly rate of $40/hour will be charged. A minimum of 1 hour must be requested.

Copying fees for documents will be charged at cost and billed separately.

$40/hour

Surrounding Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan Repositories

Cost may be lowered if you already have the document identification number, volume and page number of court documents, or exact date of obituaries.


Records will be thoroughly searched for at the repository, but results of findings cannot be guaranteed.

Travel time counts towards hourly charge. A minimum of one hour, plus travel time required.

Copying fees for documents will be charged at cost and billed separately.

For questions regarding the records retrieval packages or services, please contact us. Have a request for a repository not listed in the above packages, reach out to us and we can try to accommodate any requests.