Learn about using different online databases, breaking through “brick walls,” obtaining vital records, and documenting and organizing your family research.
Come and share your family research success stories and continue to increase the “branches” on your family tree!
Our Genealogy Club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 – 7:30 pm (with some exceptions) in Meeting Room B.
Our next meetings are:
- Tuesday, May 9
- Tuesday, June 13
- Tuesday, July 11
- Tuesday, August 15
Ancestry.com Library Edition
Access to a wide variety of resources including: census records, military records, immigration records, and much more. Because this is the Library Edition of this product, it is only accessible from computers located in the library.
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
Covers news stories of both local and national issues and events occurring over the past 150 years, from 1849 to 1984.
Heritage Quest offers a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture.
To see more records and archives we subscribe to, please visit Research & Consumer Databases.
More Genealogy Resources
General Family Searching
A website so big we recommend taking the tutorial first. Type in your family name and let the fun begin!
- Family Search
Family Search website includes free family history, family tree, and genealogy records and resources from around the world. Access to Family Search is not offered through the library and staff may not be familiar with searching it.
- Cyndi’s List
This site is one of the best! Cyndi’s list of genealogy sites on the internet. Take your time and review the categories that you want to search. One thing can lead to another.
- Ellis Island
More immigrants came to the United States through Ellis Island than any other spot in our country. Type in your ancestor’s last name and see if one of your relatives came through this important and historical port of entry.
Online searchable death indexes and records. Many free databases, some are connected to Ancestry.com and may require a fee to search.
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized databases containing very basic facts about servicemen who served both sides during the Civil War.
- Frankfort Area Obituary Index
This database is made possible by a collaborative effort between the Frankfort Public Library District and the Frankfort Area Historical Society. The database currently holds 2,187 obituary index records and counting.
- Indexes of Obituaries printed in the Joliet Herald News
- Will County Historical Museum and Research Center: Research & Genealogical Room
The Research & Geneological Room contains 70,000 documents concerning Will County history including: plat maps, obituaries, mortgages, chattel mortgages, historical architectural surveys, Civil War histories, African-American database and more. Some files available for download.
- Will Grundy Counties (IL) Genealogical Society
- Newberry Library Genealogy and Local History
The Newberry Library is located here in Chicago, Illinois. If you ever have an opportunity to visit the library, it is well worth the “field trip!”
- Chicago Historical Society
An especially great resource for Chicago city and telephone directories.
- Cook County Clerk’s Office
The Cook County Clerk’s office has available naturalization records from 1871-1929, probate records from 1871-1975, divorce cases from 1871-1986 and much more. Take a few minutes and access the records/archives section.
- Chicago Ancestors
This map was developed by the Local and Family History department staff of the Newberry Library. The map allows visitors to research the history of a particular address or Chicago neighborhood.
- CyberDrive Illinois Archives
This site is sponsored by the State of Illinois. You can search marriage and death indexes for a family member’s name. They also have a number of databases for military records. It also lists the records held at the regional archives depositories in the state of Illinois.
- DeathIndexes.com (Cook County)
Online searchable death index for Chicago and Cook County, Illinois.
- Cook County Genealogy Online
New online resource (just went up beginning of July, 2008) for obtaining vital records for Cook County, IL. Not all vital records are currently available-more go online as databases are updated. Would suggest using Chicago Genealogy resource when possible for requesting copies of vital records, as they are less expensive.
Another great website for obtaining copies of many vital records from Cook County, IL at a much more reasonable price.