The Algonquin Library offers many resources to help you with genealogical research. We offer a number of online resources along with materials that you can check out. We can also help you locate obituaries. If you need more personal assistance, you may also contact one of our trained genealogy librarians for a 30 minute consultation.
Ancestry Library Edition
ProQuest has partnered with Ancestry.com to create one of the most comprehensive genealogical collections available. Search U.S. and international records including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records. (Ancestry Library Edition is only accessible from inside the Library)
While known for its excellent military collection, Fold3 also features resources for Native American research, as well as a wonderful collection of city directories, including Chicago from 1839-1923.
- Cyndi’s List
A directory of links to genealogy web sites.
- Ellis Island
Free searchable database of passenger lists and photos between 1892-1924. Free registration required.
- Find A Grave
Database of cemetery transcriptions including some photographs.
- Illinois Digital Archives
Digitized photographs and documents from Illinois history.
- Illinois State Archives
Search vital record indexes, land and veteran records.
- National Archives
Learn how you can use the resources at the National Archives to explore your family's ancestry.
Subscribe to message boards for surnames and counties you are researching.