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Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy Resources

Discover specialized resources for genealogy and local history research here. Use most resources inside the library or from home with your Niles-Maine District Library card.

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

U.S. census records, military records, vital records, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more. 

No
Chicago Tribunetribune-logo

Full-text coverage from 1985 - present.

Yes
Chicago Tribune Historical Archivetribune-logo

Full-text coverage from 1849 - 1987.

Yes
Daily Heralddaily herald

Full-text coverage from 1997 - present.

Yes
Fold3 Library Edition

Military records including stories, photos, and personal documents. Includes the Fold3 Holocaust Archives.

Yes
Gannett Newsstand

Full-text coverage from 1980 - present for local and regional newspapers.

Yes
Heritage Quest

U.S. census records, military records, vital records, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more.

Yes
New York Times

Full text coverage from 1923 - present.

Yes
New York Times Historical

Full text coverage from 1857 - 1922.

Yes
Niles Bugle

Full-text coverage from 1957 - 2007.

Yes
Niles Herald-Spectator

Full-text coverage from 2008 - 2018.

Yes
Wall Street Journal

Full text coverage from 1984 - present.

Yes
Wall Street Journal Historical

Full text coverage from 1889 - 2001.

Yes

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 Ancestry.com.
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.
Stevemorse.org 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