Messenger Public Library has the following databases related to genealogy:

Ancestry Library Edition

Browse the Ancestry Library Edition - an unprecedented online collection of data on over 4 billion individuals from North America, Europe, Australia, and more. This database can only be used inside the library.

Heritage Quest Online

One of the largest and useful online data collections for family historians, HeritageQuest Online has the US Census from 1790 thru 1930, more than 26,000 family and local history books, Revolutionary War pension files, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to 2.1 million-plus articles in genealogy and history periodicals, Freedman's Bank records of former slaves and petitions to Congress back to 1789. Visit Heritage Quest

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides information about many of the most popular hobbies, crafts, and recreation activities today such as collecting, games and electronics, genealogy, model building, needlework, outdoors and nature, scrapbooking, and papercraft. Visit Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center


WorldCat is a database of library holdings from all over the world, including important genealogy resources like historic newspapers, photographs, church histories and records, cemetery records, military records, town histories, probate records, directories, handbooks, magazines, slavery/antislavery materials, oral histories, diaries and journals, vital records indexes, family Bibles, archives, and microfilmed local history collections. Visit WorldCat



We have many titles on how to conduct your search as well as local history items to help you with your research.  Check with the Adult Services Staff or search our catalog to find specific titles. Below is a sampling from our collection.


Family Tree Magazine

NGS Magazine (National Genealogy Society)

Illinois Heritage


Basic Genealogy: Saving Your Family History

Genealogy Offline: A Beginner's Guide to Finding Records That Are Not Online

Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone

Finding Your Roots: Easy-to-do Genealogy and Family History


Genealogy Group

Bring your genealogy questions and hear a short talk on current genealogy topics on the second Monday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. Local author and genealogist Tim Pinnick offers guidance and expertise.  Check our calendar for meeting times.


Electronic Magazines

Kane County Clerks Office Magazine

August 1, 2015 Edition


On the Web 


This volunteer and community-centric website’s mission is free with searchable records burial information from around the world. Entries may have content including pictures of the deceased, biographies, and headstones. Visit Find-a-Grave


This nonprofit family history organization is dedicated to connecting families across generations.  The website is free to join and search, and provides 24/7 phone support for their users. Users can create family trees, upload photos and stories, create genealogies, and search records. Visit FamilySearch


This is a free branch of that focuses on connecting users to other genealogy researchers in order to provide support and share research.  Users can submit records, upload their family tree, register surnames, join mailing lists, post on message boards, and build a genealogy website. Visit RootsWeb

Online Resources

Axis 360 digital books eMedia Library digital books Zinio  digital magazines OneClick DigitalNoveList Plus