Thomas, I would say that the likelihood of your finding a birth record for the time period you are searching is next to nil [again for the reasons I stated before.] They just weren't required, so people didn't file the birth with the county until they were required by law to do so. Illinois made it a law in 1916 to file vital statistics, but I understand full compliance wasn't reached until something like 1920. Again, people who were applying for a Social Security number had to file a delayed registration of birth if their birth wasn't registered at the time they were born.You could try the delayed registration of birth and actual birth records for Christian County, but I wouldn't get my hopes up. A person born in 1870 would already be in his 60's at the time the Social Security program began. They wouldn't have had time to actually pay in enough to collect anything at retirement. You would have to visit the courthouse, or try to get someone to check for you. You could write the courthouse and ask them to check, but if you do, I would enclose a small check and ask if the amount is sufficient. This way they will have to respond, one way or the other, as they will have to do something with your check. Either return it to you, or cash it. Too many courthouses just sit on genealogical letters otherwise. Let me know if there is anything else I can help with, Barb If the people you are looking for lived in Pana proper, they would almost certainly be buried in either Mound or Linwood. If they lived in Pana Twp., they could be buried in any number of small, country cemeteries in Christian County, or could also be in Shelby County. The county line is not that far from the town of Pana. Unless of course, they were taken elsewhere for burial in a family plot somewhere. But most people who lived in Pana are in Linwood or Mound.