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Illinois Genealogy Resources

Chicago and Cook County


  • Ahrens, Gale, editor. Lucy Parsons, Freedom, Equality and Solidarity: Writings and Speeches, 1878-1937. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co., 2003. Anarchist labor leader.
  • Album of Genealogy and History, Cook County.  he "Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County, Illinois with portraits" published by Calumet Book & Engraving Co. in 1895. This book contains some wonderful biographies of some of the people living in Cook County during that time.
  • Bennett, Fremont O. Politics and Politicians of Chicago, Cook County and Illinois. Chicago, 1886.
  • Biographical Dictionary - Encyclopedia of Chicago.
  • Boehm, Lisa Krissoff. Popular Culture and the Enduring Myth of Chicago, 1871-1968. New York and London: Routledge, 2004.
  • Book of Chicagoans, Who's Who in Chicago, Who's Who in Chicago and Vicinity,
    Who's Who in Chicago and Illinois
    . Chicago: A.N. Marquis, 1905, 1911, 1917, 1926, 1931, 1936, 1941, 1945, 1950.
  • Chicago Architects Oral History Project. Contributions of architects to Chicago during the 20th century.
  • Chicago, Illinois and Iowa Biographical Dictionary. subscription product.  This database contains a portrait and biographical record of the prominent and representative citizens of Chicago, Illinois, and the state of Iowa.
  • Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Center. Biography. The Biography collection is strong in general biography and also contains many collected biographies, biographical dictionaries, and indexes such as the Who's Who series and the Biography and Genealogy Master Index. This collection offers a good starting place when the only known information is a person's name. Other subject divisions have biographies of noted persons in their subject fields.
  • Ciccone, F. Richard. Chicago and the American Century. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1999.
  • Cook County, Illinois Biographies.  USGenWeb Illinois Project.
  • Cook County, Illinois Biographies. The Illinois Biographies Project.
  • Cook County, Illinois History and Biography subscription product. This database contains historical and biographical information of Cook County, Illinois. It is a general survey of Cook County history, including a condensed history of Chicago. Topics covered in this work include Indians and the discovery of the area,...
  • Currey, J. Seymour. Chicago: Its History and Its Builders. Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1912.
  • Digital Past Name Index.  Digital Past is a local history digitization initiative undertaken by libraries, historical societies, museums, and other cultural venues throughout Illinois in partnership with the North Suburban Library System (NSLS) in Wheeling, Illinois.
  • The Encyclopedia of Chicago, launched in May of 2005, is a rich online resource provided free of charge to the public by CHS.
  • German Press Club of Chicago. Prominent Citizens & Industries of Chicago. Chicago, 1901.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff. The Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • Knight, Louise W. Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2006.
  • Migrations: Cook County Illinois. About 600 names.
  • Newbery Library. Biographical Resources. Guide to biographical indexes, dictionaries, and more.
  • Sawyers, June Skinner. Chicago Portraits: Biographies of 250 Famous Chicagoans. Chicago: Loyola University, 1991.
  • Winslow, Charles S. Biographical Sketches of Chicagoans. S.l.: s.n., 1948.
  • Wood, David W. Chicago and Its Distinguished Citizens. Chicago: Milton George, 1881.