I will visit the Circuit Court Archives in Chicago to search the Deceased Probate Index and the Wills Index.
If I find a case number, I will have the file brought in from the warehouse and will return in about a week to make color scans of the records. If I’m not able to find a match, I will provide you with a detailed explanation of how and what I searched.
I charge $10 for a successful index search (flat fee charged as an expense) and $40/hour for scanning pages from the file with a minimum of 20 minutes.
Probate files can be quite large, with some reaching 100 pages or more, but I am happy to follow your guidelines and work within your budget. When you submit your request, please tell me if you’d like me to 1) copy everything; 2) copy select documents; or 3) copy according to other instructions. I will do my best to follow your guidance but please understand that if I don’t copy everything, there’s a chance that I might miss something important.
Scanning time varies based on how hard pages are to copy (folded or flat, legal-size requiring me to stitch two images together or 8.5 × 11) but I’m efficient and a good rule of thumb is that I can scan, rotate, and crop about 60 images in an hour.