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Find out more about your background with Ancestry. Records from the U. S. Census; military records; court, land and probate records; birth, death, and marriage records; church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists, international records, and more are available. 

While normally access to this database is available only while at the Library, Ancestry is allowing remote access for now during the pandemic.



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An obituary can be one of the most important documents in genealogy research, providing crucial clues, context, and other information, often leading to important research breakthroughs. 

Use the Advanced Search page of the Chicago Tribune's Historical Archives to look specifically for obituaries dating back to 1849.




Additional Online Resources


Access Genealogy: Search census, birth, marriage and death records. This is a good place to start Native American and African American genealogical research.

Chicago Ancestors: This tool from the Newberry Library includes Cook County vital records, city directories and links to government resources. Sign up for a free account to start work on a family tree. Search user-generated genealogical information as well as census, birth, death and marriage records.

Find a Grave: Through this site you’ll find details about cemeteries and individual memorials for people buried in those cemeteries.

Illinois State Archives: Military records, death and marriage records, court records and more are searchable at the Illinois Secretary of State’s web site.

Illinois State Genealogical Society: Learn more about genealogical research with webinars, forums and links to more free research tools.

MyHeritage: Download free software to start work on a family tree. Search birth, death and marriage records, military records, immigration records and more.

USGenWeb: Get genealogical research help from volunteers. This site is a gateway to state and county affiliates of this national organization.

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