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Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only)

Access more than 4,000 databases and 1.5 billion names. Includes 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

Contains 2.5 million obituaries and death notices, front pages from 1900 through 1984, and selected articles from the newspaper’s clipping files. Paid ads are excluded.


History and genealogy archives featuring original documents and photographs, including military records, city directories, and naturalization records.


From Newsbank – Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images.

An extensive database that provides online access to 4,000+ historical newspapers dating from the early 1700s into the 2000s. Contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles to small local newspapers.

Where to write for Vital Records


Illinois Vital Records

Obituaries and Cemeteries

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


National Archives Naturalization Records: 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.


Local Genealogy Societies

National Societies

Family History Centers


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Digging your roots? We can help you get started or further your research. Call 847-362-2330 X1144, to set up an appointment with one of our genealogy specialists.

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