Access Newspaper Archive (only accessible in the library)
Use this archive to view, save, and print articles published in smaller Illinois newspapers between 1831 and 2021. The collection is far from complete, but is 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 (home access temporarily available!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Search grave and cemetery records posted by dedicated volunteers.
Useful for finding resources by state or county.
An alternate site for finding resources by geographical area.
Access Newspaper Archive (in library use only)
Illinois Vital Records
Illinois Vital Records | Find out where to write for birth, marriage, death, adoption and divorce records.
Obituaries and Cemeteries
Sonia Schoenfield, Reference Department. Cook Memorial Public Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048.
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)
New York State's immigration processing facility from 1855 to 1890.
The main port of entry for immigrants from 1892 to 1954.
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.
NaturalizationEarly 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
Library and Archives Canada Ancestor Search
Czech and Slovak
Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
Genealogy in France
Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy
Beginning a Greek Genealogical Search in the U.S.
Polish Genealogical Society of America
Finding Your Swedish Roots
UK and Ireland
Has an extensive book and microfilm collection as well as quality programs.
Genealogy sources abound in Wilmette's local history collection.
Great databases and monthly programs.
Chicago’s independent research library. Check their website before you go down to Chicago.
Great repository of Midwest history and genealogy records.
Ft. Wayne Indiana's public library is the second best genealogy library in the country.
Local Genealogy Societies
CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Northern Illinois)
Family History Centers