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Genealogy Resources

Library Resources

Ancestry Library Edition:  Search vital and public records including census records, marriage records, property records and more.  In-library use only.

Heritage Quest Online:  Complete US census records from 1790-1940 plus more.

America's Obituaries and Death Notices: The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.  It also incorporates over 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present).  The obituaries go back to 1977; the Tribune obituaries from the Archives go back to 1849. 

Free Resources

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center:  One of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world.

America's First Immigration Center:  Access to a database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.

Chicago Genealogical Society

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet:  A comprehensive, categorized, and cross-referenced list of genealogical research sites online.

Family Search: A nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.

Find a Grave:  Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection:  The collection contains 116 newspaper titles, 136,353 issues comprising 1,459,656 pages and 6,887,660 articles.

Illinois State Archives:  The depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal, or historical research values.

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Kendall County Historical Society

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness:  Volunteers help others obtain copies of documents, pictures of tombstones, etc., that can not be obtained easily by those who do not live in the area of their ancestors.

Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation:  Passenger search.

The USGenWeb Project:  A single entry point for genealogy data and research for every state and county.