Genealogy Resources

Genealogy Resources

Classes and Individual Instruction   ♦   Genealogy Events & Newsletter   ♦   Libraries   ♦   Local Genealogical Societies   ♦   Local LDS Family History Centers  ♦   National Archives and Records Administration   ♦   Online Databases   ♦   State of Illinois Resources   ♦   Websites   ♦

Classes and Individual Instruction

The Library offers a variety of genealogy classes throughout the year. Check the events calendar for specific dates/times and to register.

Reference librarian/genealogy specialist Carol Bartlett will meet briefly one-on-one with patrons to help get them started with their family history research. Call the Library at (847) 438-3433 ext. 502 to make an appointment.

Following are some recommended resources on the Internet and in our collection, as well as useful local addresses for genealogy researchers.


Genealogy Events & Newsletter

Click here for our area Genealogy Events Calendar.

Sign up to receive the Genealogy Newsletter every month via e-mail.


Online Databases

Ancestry Library (In-Library Access Only)

Provides access to over a billion names in hundreds of databases, including records from the complete U.S. Federal Census (1790-1930); military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more.

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In partnership with The National Archives and Records Administration, the Pennsylvania Archives, FamilySearch, the Allen County Public Library, the Center for Research Libraries, and local archives in Goffstown, NH, South Boston, VA, Harris County, TX and others, this online resource provides a wealth of searchable original documents for genealogists. It is also a social networking site where genealogists can come together to share their discoveries and insights.

Heritage Quest

Provides access to thousands of family and history books, the complete U.S. Federal Census (1790-1930), PERSI (The Periodical Source Index), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Freedman's Bank Records, and more. Digitized images are fully searchable and printable.


Websites

CastleGarden

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Ellis Island Records

Family Search Internet Genealogy Service

RootsWeb

USGenWeb Project


Local Genealogical Societies

Lake County Genealogical Society
PO Box 998
Mundelein, IL 60060-0998

Genealogy Room
Vernon Hills Village Hall
290 Evergreen Dr.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Open 9 AM-4:45 PM
Call (847) 918-3584 to make sure a volunteer is present.

Meeting Location:
Mundelein Community Center
1401 N. Midlothion Rd.
Mundelein, IL 60060

Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois
P.O. Box 59567
Schaumburg, IL 60159-0567


Local LDS Family History Centers

Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. The main library's holdings can be accessed through indexes available at the branches, and microfilm borrowed for a small fee.

Buffalo Grove Illinois
3075 N Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 913-5387
Hours: Wed 10 AM-2 PM and 6:30 PM-9 PM; Sat 10 AM-1 PM

To enter the library, press the doorbell on the West entrance. A staff member will let you in.

Crystal Lake Illinois
480 North Walkup Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: (815) 459-7475
Hours: Tue 10 AM-2 PM and 7-9 PM; Wed 10 AM-noon and 7-9 PM; Thu 7-9 PM; Fri 11 AM-1 PM; Sat 12-3 PM

Enter the building using the Northeast door facing Walkup Road; ring buzzer to be admitted.

Schaumburg Illinois
1320 W. Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194
Phone: (847) 855-4130
Hours: Wed 1-9 PM; Thu 4-9 PM; Sat 9 AM-1 PM

Wilmette Illinois
2727 Lake Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: (847) 251-9818
Hours: Tue 10 AM-9 PM; Wed 10 AM-6 PM; Sat 9 AM-1 PM

There are three doors into the building from the large, free parking lot. Push the buzzer at the third door for access to the center during open hours.


Public Libraries that are Family History Affiliates

Algonquin Public Library
2600 Harnish Drive
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: (847) 458-6060

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: (847) 392-0100

Cook Memorial Public Library
413 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: (847) 362-2330

Palatine Public Library
700 N. North Court
Palatine, IL 60067
847-358-5881


Genealogical Library

Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 943-9090


National Archives and Records Administration

NARA
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60620-5898
Available Services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, Research Room, Records Center, Records Management


State of Illinois Resources

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Library: 112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (800) 610-2094; (217) 782-5764
Public and research hours: M-F 9 AM-5 PM
Sat-Sun open for exhibit viewing only.

Illinois Digital Archives
The Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) was created in 2006 as a repository the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the state of Illinois.

Illinois State Archives
Springfield Office:
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756
(217) 782-4682
Hours: M-F 8 AM-4:30 PM

They provide an online site to find resources for Illinois genealogical searches. From the top menu, choose "Services." Then choose "Online Searches" from the category list, and finally, choose "Genealogy".

The Illinois State Archives serves by law as the depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal, or historical research values. Its collections do not include manuscript, newspaper, or other nonofficial sources. 

 

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