The Mattoon Death Certificate Registers Index was compiled by Amanda Standerfer, intern for the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) System at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The database indexes nearly 3,600 death records that were recorded by the local registrar in the City of Mattoon. The City of Mattoon is located in Coles County. The information in the database was extracted from the Mattoon Death Certificate Registers (IRAD Accession 5/0077/01).
Each entry found in the index contains the following categories of information: the name of the decedent; the date of death; and the death certificate number. Additional remarks may appear in the "Notes" category. Every attempt was made to obtain accurate spellings of names. However, it was sometimes difficult to decipher handwriting in some entries. Therefore, when searching this index, we suggest that researchers check alternative spellings of names if they do not find an entry for the name for which they are searching.
The death registers show the certificate number; the date the certificate was filed; the name of the deceased; the date of death; the cause of death; the name of the attending physician; the interment number; the name of the person to whom the permit was issued; and the date of return. Registers occasionally include death certificates and permits from the local board of health for transportation of a corpse.
Death certificates show the name, place of birth, sex, color and age of the deceased; the number of years of residence in Illinois; the date of death; the date and place of burial; the name and address of the undertaker; the immediate cause of death; the contributory cause of death; the duration of illness; and the signature and address of the attending physician. Permits from the local board of health for transportation of a corpse show the name and address of the deceased; the time of death; the cause of death; and the signature of the president or clerk of the board of health.
Copies of the files found in this index may be obtained by mail or telephone. Inquiries should be made directly to the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. IRAD cannot accept requests by email at this time. Please contact:
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920