Genealogy

Licensed resources

America's Genealogy Bank

Quickly find your ancestors in over four centuries of rare documents and records. Search thousands of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and genealogies. Plus, selected material from the American State Papers and U.S. Serial Set, the complete Social Security Death Index and more than 29 million obituaries.

Ancestry.com

(Available inside the library only) - Access the U.S. Federal Census (1790-1930), the U.K. Census Collection (1861-1901), the U.S. Immigration Collection, Vital Records, Social Security Death Index, military records, and more.

ArchiveGrid

Online access to nearly a million descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archives

Covering Chicago, the nation, and the world from the past 150 years including: the Civil War, Chicago Mayors, U.S. Presidencies, WWI, WWII, and much more.

HeritageQuest

Access census records, a genealogy book collection, the Periodical Source Index, Revolutionary War Pension Applications, and more.

Suburban Life Archives

Fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content.

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