Family History and Genealogy Services

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Illinois Genealogy Resources

Chicago and Cook County


Commercial Databases

  • Subscription database that offers resources to Cook County researchers: Chicago's Irish Families Database (late 19th and early 20th century obituaries, gravestone transcriptions, church records, and published biographical resources); Chicago Voters Registration for 1888 to 1890 and 1892 (Chicago, Lake View, Hyde Park, and Town of Lake, includes names, addresses, nativity, and naturalization status); Chicago Obituaries (Obituaries from Chicago Sun Times, 1988-1995 and Chicago Tribune, 1988-1997); and Notable Digitized Books.
  • HeritageQuest Online. Subscription site available through libraries that offers census records and a large collection of digitized books.
  • OCLC First Search. An online subscription service to academic databases in science, humanities, business, and other subjects. These are available through some libraries. OCLC also offers WorldCat, a database of library holdings around the world. Most large public libraries and academic libraries belong to WorldCat and offer it on their public access computers.