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Genealogy

General

Ancestry
Fee-based database that searches census, vital, military, immigration, and court/land/probate records, as well as telephone directories.
(Itasca Library card holders can access this service for free by following the link on our “Databases” page.)

Cyndi’s List
Comprehensive guide to internet resources on genealogy.

Ellis Island Records
Search passenger lists of Ellis Island/Port of New York records.

Family Search
Family histories available free of charge. Search ancestry, vital, census, and social security index records. Sponsored by the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Fold3
Database with collections of original military records. Many of the records come from the U.S. National Archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records. A subscription is required to access these records.

My Heritage
Platform for exploring family history. Subscribers have access to billions of historical records and family tree profiles.

National Archives and Records Association
A comprehensive list of genealogy resources compiled by the National Archives.

National Genealogical Society
NGS is a non-profit organization which teaches genealogical research skills and provides a pathway to scholarly work.

Roots Web
A sister site of Ancestry.com that provides access to a variety of resources on genealogy.

USGenWeb Project
Non-commercial site organized by county and state. Provides links to state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to counties.

Illinois

DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society
Directory of genealogical information related to DuPage County.

Illinois State Archives Genealogical Research
Contains vital records, veteran records, land deeds, voter registers, naturalization records, will records, court case files, jail registers, and much more.

Illinois State Genealogical Society
Links for Illinois records and resources.

The Newberry Library
Premiere Chicago institution providing historical and genealogical information. Free and open to the public.

Vital Records

Cemetery Junction
Directory of cemetery listings. Also includes vital records and obituaries.

Find a Grave
Research cemetery and death records for free.

Legacy.com
Search obituaries by name, or browse by newspaper.

Vital Records
Comprehensive database for searching vital records on the internet.