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.
Heritage Quest offers a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture.
Covers news stories of both local and national issues and events occurring over the past 150 years, from 1849 to 1984.
This site is huge! I suggest taking the tutorial first. Type in your family name and let the fun begin!
This site is sponsored by Rootsweb.Ancestry. Type in a name and many times you can locate a deceased family member’s date of death. It will usually include their date of birth, and their last town/city of residence. You can also submit a letter for a copy of the deceased’s social security application (for a fee).
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.
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!”
An especially great resource for Chicago city and telephone directories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family Search website includes free family history, family tree, and genealogy records and resources from around the world.
Online searchable death index for Chicago and Cook County, Illinois.
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.
Online searchable death indexes and records. Many free databases, some are connected to Ancestry.com and may require a fee to search.
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.
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.