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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry is allowing temporary remote access; enter your library card to get started. A premier genealogy resource only available for In-library use. Includes U.S. and worldwide census, immigration, military, and vital records collections.

FamilySearch

Worldwide genealogical records. Access to images and documents are only available at the library.

HeritageQuest Online

Search for census records, public directories, federal census 1790-1940, PERSI, Revolutionary War files, Freedman's Bank Records, and more.

Resources

The library occasionally hosts adult programs about genealogy. In addition, the Genealogy Club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 1 p.m., except November when they meet on the third Thursday; no meeting in December. Check the program calendar for topics and registration information. The library has a ScanPro 3000 All-in-One Microfilm/fiche Scanner with AutoScan Pro software and a collection of microfilm/fiche.

General

  • NCHS - Where to Write for Vital Records - Use the National Center for Health Statistics' free website to learn how to order vital records from state vital records offices.
  • One-Step Web Pages - Find immigration, census, and vital records using Steve Morse's one-step search pages.
  • USGenWebProject - Search volunteer-maintained county pages to discover genealogical records and depositories.

Death & Cemetery Records

  • Chicago Area Newspapers

    Chicago Area Newspapers

    Contains the full text of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present, plus The Doings, Suburban Life, Daily Herald, Southtown Star, and much more.

  • Chicago Tribune Historical Archives

    Chicago Tribune Historical Archives

    Provides full text obituaries and death notices from 1860-1984; contains major stories of events and issues from 1920s-1984.

  • Find a Grave - Search 105 million volunteer-transcribed grave records by surname or by cemetery. Entries may include names, birth and death dates, and possibly a photo of the deceased.
  • Interment.net - Search records of 1,800 cemeteries worldwide by location or by burial record. It also has links to obituaries online.
  • ObitsArchive.com - Free indexes to U.S. newspaper obituaries. You can pay to view the full text of the obituary or inquire at the Ask Us Desk about borrowing microfilm of the newspaper containing the obituary.
  • Obituary Index, 1972-2018 - A searchable .pdf file of people who resided in Burr Ridge, Darien or Willowbrook. The index also includes obituaries of individuals whose funeral services were held in Burr Ridge, Darien or Willowbrook. Gaps exist in the index due to missing newspaper issues. The index is updated throughout the year but published annually online.
  • Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records (USA) - Handy directory to websites with online death indexes.

Illinois & Chicagoland Resources

Immigration & Ship Passenger Records

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    Ancestry Library Edition

    Ancestry is allowing temporary remote access; enter your library card to get started. A premier genealogy resource only available for In-library use. Includes U.S. and worldwide census, immigration, military, and vital records collections.

     

Naturalization Records