Recently I wrote to the Cook County Clerk's office and requested a death certificate on my great-great grandfather, George Washington Myrick. He died in Chicago at the age of 84, residing at his daughter's house on Flournoy St. at the time. His death date is Nov 19, 1902. His obit was in the Chicago Tribune, Nov 22, 1902 under Official Death Record where it said burial permits were issued by the health department. The Cook Co. clerk's office sent my request back with them not finding a death certificate, searching 1901 thru 1903. Another newspaper had a writeup on George, the Lake County Independent, dated 28 Nov 1902. It said the remains of Washington Myrick were brought to Libertyville for internment, from Chicago. He is buried at Lakeside cemetery and I have a photo of his gravestone with birth and death dates.
Question is, why isn't there a death certificate issued? Do you need one for burial? Would the Lakeside cemetery have a copy of the death certificate or maybe a burial permit from Chicago?
Really need some help with this. The death cert is needed for my application into the Mayflower Society.