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Genealogy

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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.


Arkiv Digital (in-library use only)

For Swedish genealogy research. Search birth, marriage, death, military, household records and more. Access this resource from the Other Programs folder on the desktop of the public computers at the library.


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.


Fold3

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


HeritageQuest

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.
 
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.
 
Linkpendium
An alternate site for finding resources by geographical area.
 
RootsWeb
Great “Getting Started” section
 
Where to write for Vital Records

Adoption

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. Find A Grave
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records 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 RecordsLibrary & Archives Canada
Many of our ancestors arrived in the United States through Canada.

Naturalization

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

Libraries

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




Northwest Suburban Genealogical Society

 

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.

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