ancestry2Ancestry Library Edition (NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE)
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 while libraries are closed.



proquest-tribune-200Historical Archives of the Chicago Tribune (1849-1990)
Use the Advanced Search page to look specifically for obituaries.



The following databases can be accessed from home or at the Library. You can find full text articles, most of which can then be saved to your computer or portable device, emailed, or printed for your convenience.

salem-press-200Great Events from History
The Salem History series contains more than 5,000 essays covering the milestones of world history from the Ancient World through the twentieth century.




Local History Room

The Library is very thankful that resident, former staff member and volunteer, Russ Parker, continues to manage our Local History Room and archive, which provides us with such rich history. We have yearbooks, photographs, articles, and other artifacts relating to Elmwood Park history. Access to the Local History Room is available to library patrons by appointment. Contact the Adult Services Department at 708-395-1217 to schedule a time.

You can also check out these online sources for historical photographs of Elmwood Park:

Interested in taking some history home with you?  You can also either check out or purchase three books on Elmwood Park History.

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.

Cyndi’s List: A browsable listing of online genealogy resources. Start on the Categories page to determine which type of information will be most helpful. Sign up for a free account to start work on a familiy tree. Search user-generated genealogical information as well as census, birth, death and marriage records.

History at Home: A guide to genealogy, including advice for getting started and links to further resources to aid your family history research.

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.


Digital Public Library of America: Browse curated exhibitions of historical photos, documents and more or search for something specific.

Internet Archive: Many historical documents are included in the Internet Archive’s vast collection of information. Browse through libraries’ collections to find historical materials or search for something specific.

Library of Congress Digital Collections: A wide array of photos, documents, videos, music, maps and more are housed on the Library of Congress’ web site.

National Archives: Explore our national history through documents, photos, historical records, resources for teachers and more.

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