Genealogy Resources

Genealogy Resources

Classes and Individual Instruction   ♦   Genealogy Events & Newsletter   ♦   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.

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

Genealogy Events & Newsletter

Sign up for our area Genealogy Events Calendar.


Online Databases

Ancestry Library (NEW! Available for use remotely until further notice)

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.


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. Affiliate (In-Library Access Only)

View genealogical records from one of the largest genealogy organizations in the country. Creation of a free personal account is required. The Ela Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate. Some content is only available inside the Library.

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. By Ancestry (Library Edition)

Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s onward, containing thousands of well-known regional, state and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.

Chicago Tribune Historical (1849-1945)

This historical newspaper provides genealogists and researchers with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts, obituaries, and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.


CastleGarden - This site no longer exists; all the information that was on the site is accessible from the following link:

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Ellis Island Records


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. Midlothian 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.

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 60012
Phone: (815) 459-7475
Hours: Tue 10 AM-2 PM; Wed 9 AM-noon; 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-6 PM; Wed 10 AM-9 PM; First and Third Saturdays 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.

Genealogical Library

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

National Archives and Records Administration

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

The Illinois State Archives provides 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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