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Illinois Genealogy Resources

Chicago and Cook County

 Maps and Gazetteers

  • Checklist of Chicago region maps at the Newberry Library: including maps of the city, Cook County, and the collar counties of DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. Chicago: The Newberry Library, 2005. Call # Local History RefZ6028 .N48 2005c (2nd floor open shelf).
  • Chicago Ancestors. Using Google Maps as its base, the Newberry library has mapped the location of churches, homicide statistics, Chicago neighborhood information, photos and more. Information on the site includes:
    • Church locations for Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches along with information on where to access the church records.
    • Locations of schools whose yearbooks are held by The Newberry Library or the Chicago History Museum.
    • Bibliographies for each of Chicago's 77 community areas.
    • Homicide records covering 1912-1917 and eventually will include 1910-1930.
    • Photos of Chicago buildings.
  • Chicago's Geographic Information System - Internet Mapping. Locate street addresses, wards, neighborhoods, schools.
  • Chicago Imagebase (Maps). The Chicago Imagebase is a Web-based project aimed at enhancing knowledge about the built environment of the Chicago region. On this site you will find a wide variety of images and other data along with information on how to use this data to study the city.
  • Chicago Landmarks (Maps).
  • Chicago Maps
  • Chicago Street Name Changes.
  • The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Thousands of historical resources, including articles, photos, maps, broadsides and newspapers related to Chicago's history.
  • Federal Township Plats of Illinois, 1804-1891
  • Historical Aerial Photography for Cook County, Illinois
  • Map Holdings Bibliographies. Newberry Library.
  • A Look at Cook. Maps and Boundary Descriptions for Wards, Townships, and Enumeration Districts.
  • Mayer, Harold M. and Richard C. Wade. Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1969. Includes 1,000 photographs and fifty maps.
  • 1909 Street Re-numbering Guide for Chicago.

  • 1911 Chicago Loop Street Numbering Changes.

  • Pacyga, Dominic A. and Ellen Skerrett. Chicago: City of Neighborhoods: Histories and Tours. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1986. Includes numerous photographs and maps.
  • Sanborn Maps for Chicago. Newberry Library. Call #G1409 C4 S3 1901 map8C Index Map. 1900-1950. Most volumes contain corrections dated to 1990.
  • Styx, Sherrie A. Chicago Ward Maps, 1837-1970. Eugene, Oregon: Styx Enterprises, 1988.
  • Thompson 1830 Plat of Chicago.
  • University of Illinois Chicago Image Maps