Getting Started

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    Ancestry Library Edition

    A premier genealogy resource. Includes U.S. and worldwide census, immigration, military and vital records collections. In library use only. To search census records and public directories from home, try HeritageQuest Online.

  • FamilySearch

    Free access to worldwide genealogical and historical records.

  • HeritageQuest Online

    HeritageQuest Online

    A genealogy and local history collection with access to the federal census 1790-1940, PERSI, Revolutionary War files, Freedman's Bank Records, and more. 

  • 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.


    Search records of 1,800 cemeteries worldwide by location or by burial record. Also has links to obituaries online.


    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 index of obituaries (pdf) of people who resided in Burr Ridge, Darien or Willowbrook. The index also includes obituaries of individuals whose funeral servies 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

Naturalization Records