• Search
    Exact matches only
    Search in title
    Search in content
    Search in comments
    Search in excerpt
    Filter by Custom Post Type



Access Newspaper Archive (only accessible in the library)
Use this archive to view, save and print articles dating from 1759 to 1977 from smaller newspapers. The collection is far from complete, but a rich resource for some areas. Use the Advanced Search to see if a newspaper from a specific city is included.

American Ancestors (only accessible in the library)
Hundreds of searchable databases including vital records, cemetery transcriptions, marriage and death indexes, family histories and more.

Ancestry Library Edition (only accessible in the library)
Access to more than 4,000 databases and 1.5 billion names. Included are the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
From Newsbank - contains 2.5 million obituaries and death notices, front pages from 1900 - 1984, and selected articles from the newspaper's clipping files. Paid ads are excluded.

Chicago Tribune Historical Database
Search the full newspaper, including advertisements, from 1849 - 1985.

History and genealogy archives featuring original documents and photographs, including military records, City Directories and Naturalization Records.

Census data, family records, local histories and the PERSI magazine index. This collection assembles every extant U.S. federal census, banking and military records, genealogies, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history serials.

New York Times (Historical)
The complete paper—cover-to-cover—with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF, from its first issue in 1851 up to 2007.

Sanborn Maps of Illinois (only accessible in the library)
Large scale plans of a city or town drawn to the scale of 50 feet to an inch.
Search the archive of maps from 1867-1970.
Comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Family Search
Hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Find A Grave
Search grave and cemetery records posted by dedicated volunteers.

The USGenWeb Project
Useful for finding resources by state or county.

An alternate site for finding resources by geographical area.

Great “Getting Started” section

Where to write for Vital Records

Where to write for Vital Records


Genealogy.com- All About Adoption
Cyndi’s List on Adoption
Illinois Adoption Records

Illinois Vital Records

Illinois Vital Records | Find out where to write for birth, marriage, death, adoption and divorce records.
Lake County Vital Records
Cook County Genealogy Online

Obituaries and Cemeteries

Libertyville Area Obituaries 1894-2003
To obtain a copy of a listed obituary, please send the relevant information (name and date) along with a SASE and $5 per obituary to:
Sonia Schoenfield, Reference Department. Cook Memorial Public Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048.
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
Find A Grave
Genealogy Search Engine
The Association of Graveyard Rabbits
If you still can’t locate an obituary, try writing to a local library or historical society near your ancestor’s final home, or contact the cemetery where your ancestor was buried (sextons may keep copy of obituary)

Passenger Lists

Castle Garden
New York State's immigration processing facility from 1855 to 1890.

Ellis Island
The main port of entry for immigrants from 1892 to 1954.

Stephen Morse
Search passenger list sites using specialized search forms.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
Volunteers have transcribed over 10,000 passenger lists.

National Archives Immigration Records

Library & Archives Canada
Many of our ancestors arrived in the United States through Canada.


Early naturalization records were filed in the counties of the states. In 1907, the process went national and records were kept at the federal level.National Archives Naturalization Records


Arlington Heights Public Library
Has an extensive book and microfilm collection as well as quality programs.

Wilmette Public Library
Genealogy sources abound in Wilmette's local history collection.

Schaumburg Township District Library
Great databases and monthly programs.

Newberry Library
Chicago’s independent research library. Check their website before you go down to Chicago.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Great repository of Midwest history and genealogy records.

Allen County Public Library
Ft. Wayne Indiana's public library is the second best genealogy library in the country.

Local Genealogy Societies

Lake County Genealoical Society
McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society
DuPage County Genealogical Society
Kane County Genealogical Society
North Suburban Genealogical Society
Zion Genealogical Society
British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois
Chicago Genealogical Society
South Suburban Genealogical Society
CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Northern Illinois)
Illinois State Genealogical Society

National Societies

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)
National Genealogical Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society

Family History Centers

Find a Family History Center


Illinois State Archives
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency http://state.il.us/hpa/lib/default.htm
National Archives at Chicago http://www.archives.gov/chicago/


Genealogy Appointments

Digging your roots? We can help you get started or further your research. Call 847-362-2330 X1134, to set up an appointment with one of our genealogy specialists.

Sign Up for the Genealogy eNewsletter

Upcoming Genealogy Events/Classes


Shelf Life – Genealogy Blog

Genealogy tips and advice from our expert librarians. GO