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Genealogy Resources

Name Description Use At Home?
Ancestry (Library Edition)ancestry

Genealogy database which includes census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, maps, the Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Card images, and more.

Chicago Tribunetribune-logo

Search for articles from the Chicago Tribune from 1985 to the present.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archivetribune-logo

Complete page images of the Chicago Tribune dating back to the first issue in 1849.

Fold3 Library Edition

Features US military records including original historical documents, newspapers, images, city directories, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more.

Heritage Quest

Genealogy database from ProQuest which includes the US Census 1790-1940, page images of family and local history books, and the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files.

Niche AcademyNiche Academy Logo

Niche Academy provides tutorials for common services like Facebook, Gmail, and Snapchat. Tutorials include instructional videos that may be viewed from your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone as well as printable, step-by-step guides.

Niles Bugle

Coverage: 1957-2007.

Niles Herald-Spectator

Coverage: 2008-2012.


Genealogy Websites

Castle Garden Provides access to the passenger lists for the 11 million arrivals in New York, 1820 through 1892.
Chicago Ancestors Created by the Newberry Library’s Department of Local and Family History.
Cook County Genealogy Find more than 8 million vital records back to 1872.
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites Introduces more than 327,00 links! Categorized & cross-referenced, in over 200 categories.
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter A “daily newsletter for genealogy consumers, packed with straight talk.”
FamilySearch Discover family history at this vast website maintained by the Church of Latter Day Saints. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and tutorials.
Genealogical Research, Illinois State Archives Research Illinois Birth, census death, land sale  and veteran's records.
National Archives Access to Archival Databases Search electronic records in NARA custody, including military personnel records, and other historic data files, from 1800 to the present.
Rootsweb Helps searchers to make connections with others working on their family tree.
Social Security Death Index Now available through
Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation Here you can search the passenger lists for 22 million immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954. A wonderful "one-step portal for on-line genealogy” with the invaluable Unified 1940 Census ED finder.
US GenWeb Project Organizes sites by county and state.
A-Guide-to-Genealogy Great article to get you started on your geneology search