List of On-Line Genealogy Sites:

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Includes hundreds of thousands of links. Sites are constantly added and updated.


Other Links to On-Line Genealogy Sites:

Legacy.Com

A global network of online obituaries that provides timely news of death. ObitFinder® searches obituaries from more than 1500 national & international newspapers, dating as early as February 2001.

Roots Web
A free genealogy site sponsored by fee-based Ancestry.Com. Links on how to start research, databases, family trees, message boards.


Genealogy Resources from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

Family Search
Search comprehensive online databases: Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Pedigree Resource File, Vital Records Index.

Family History Library Catalog
Search the catalog for the Family History Library in Salt Lake by surname, author, subject, place. This site lists titles of publications and other sources.

 

Family History Centers and FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries

Locations worldwide provide access to microfilm and microfiche from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. You can request genealogical microfilm via the FamilySearch.org web site and have the microfilm delivered to a FamilySearch Affiliate Library such as Batavia Public Library. Read more about FamilySearch microfilm ordering here. Locate other nearby FamilySearch Affiliate libraries here.

 

Other Large Genealogy Collections:

Allen County Public Library, Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department, P.O. Box 2270, 900 Webster Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270. 260-421-1200.
Describes types of sources available in one of the largest genealogy departments in the United States: family histories, census records, passenger lists, military records, Native American records, African-American records, sources for various states and countries.


Illinois State Archives, Margaret Cross Norton Building, Springfield, Illinois 62756. Reference: 217-782-4682. Fax: 217-524-3930. Genealogical resources include records for state and federal censuses, births, marriages, deaths, probate, land sales, military service, veterans, and related records.

 

Library of Congress, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room,

Jefferson Building, Room LJ G42, Washington, D.C.20540.

General information about the collections and facilities

Online catalog for publications cataloged recently (older materials are listed in a card catalog at the library)

National Archives and Records Administration - 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20408.  

Genealogical holdings of the NARA in Washington, D.C., include microfilmed federal censuses, military service records, immigrant and passenger arrivals, and other records for biography, genealogy, American Indians, and Black Studies. The above web site provides information about genealogical research at the NARA, but it is not an online catalog or index.
Archives Library Information Center, On-line Public Access Catalog:
NARA publishes various registers and guides to collections and microfilm of federal censuses and other records. Microfilm can be purchased or rented. 

 

Archives Library Information Center, Online

Public Access Catalog:
NARA publishes various registers and guides to collections and microfilm of federal censuses and other records. Microfilm can be purchased or rented.

National Archives and Records Administration - Great Lakes Region, 7358 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629-5898. The facililty for the Great Lakes Region contains retired records from federal courts and agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Newberry Library, Genealogy Collections, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3305 • 312-943-9090
Overview of the genealogy collection, suggestions about search strategies, lists of biographical dictionaries, and links to online genealogy sites.
Newberry Library’s online catalog

ChicagoAncestors.org is a project of the Genealogy and Local History section of the Newberry Library.  The project is intended to help genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago.  Although use of the site is free, registration is required to contribute material to the site. Researchers and genealogists are encouraged to contribute their own family information, historical research, queries and photographs. User contributions are moderated.


Local Historical and Genealogical Societies:

Aurora Public Library District - Santori Public Library, 101 S. River Street, Aurora, IL 60506 • 630-264-4100
The Aurora Public Library’s Genealogy and Local History Department contain materials related to Aurora and the surrounding counties.

Gustafson Research Center, Batavia Depot Museum, 155 Houston Street, Batavia, IL. 60510 • 630-406-5274 
Collections for Batavia genealogy include over 800 family histories in a biographical file, marriage indexes for 1840-1900, indexed probate records and circuit court records for 1860-1960, census microfilm for 1840-1920, indexed scrapbooks containing obituaries and other records for 1900-1995, city and telephone directories, and related materials.

Elgin Area Historical Society and Museum, 360 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. 847-742-4248. Fax: 847-931-6199. Collections include Elgin probate records and Elmer Gylleck collection of 10,000 historical photographs.

Geneva History Museum, 113 South Third Street, Geneva, IL 60134 • 630-232-4951

Collections include probate and other court records for Geneva, files for families and buildings, photographs, directories for the Tri-Cities and early directories for Kane County, publications of the Kane County Genealogical Society.

Kane County Genealogical SocietyPO Box 504, Geneva, IL  60134

St. Charles History Museum - 215 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174 • 630-584-6967

Collection includes over 15,000 artifacts.

Fox Valley Genealogical Society – PO Box 5435, Naperville, IL  60567-5435

DuPage Genealogical SocietyPO Box 3, Wheaton, IL  60187-0003 

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society – PO Box 184, Crystal Lake, IL  60039-0184

Illinois State Genealogical SocietyPO Box 10195, Springfield, IL  62791-1968 


GenWeb Projects:

U.S. GenWeb Project
Provides links to state projects, and from there to county projects. Information for state and counties varies, but includes biographies, local history, cemetery records, transcriptions of census records, maps for counties and townships, query pages, and other genealogical resources.

Illinois GenWeb Project
Links to county projects, Illinois ancestry registry, State of Illinois Archives Database, etc.

Kane County, Illinois, GenWeb Project
Links to local libraries, historical and genealogical societies, newspapers. Resources such as transcribed biographies, obituaries, and probate records of county residents; township maps; veterans buried at Kaneville Cemetery; directory of photographic studios to help identify dates of photographs.

 

Where to Obtain Copies of Vital Records:

United States
How to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce records from agencies in states and counties. Indicates years for which records are available and fees. Related links to foreign vital records and adoption resources.

Cook County  

The Genealogy Unit of the Cook County Clerk's Bureau of Vital Records provides non-certified versions of birth, death and marriage records for the purpose of genealogical research. Records found on this site are for Chicago and Cook County dating back to 1872.

Kane County  

We have birth records starting in 1855, death records from 1866 and marriage records starting in 1836. Keep in mind that all births, marriages and deaths will have to have taken place in Kane County, Illinois. Also, prior to 1916, state law did not require births, deaths or marriages to be filed. So some records may not have been recorded. Birth records will be available online if the document is 85 years or older; death records will be available if the record is 20 years or more; and marriage certificates will be available if document is 50 years old or more.

 

Immigration: 

Ellis Island

During the years of Ellis Island immigration from 1892-1924, there were more than twenty million individual stories that would eventually be shared with family and friends.   

Castle Garden

This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

 

Cemetery Research:  

Find a Grave 

A free resource to find the graves of ancestors.  Create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers', photos, and a note to a loved one's grave by creating a free account. 

Billion Graves 

A free website that preserves records found in cemeteries throughout the world. They use modern technology to capture images of headstones with their GPS locations so users worldwide can access those records anywhere.

Online Maps:  

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Sanborn Maps was a creator and publisher of maps of US cities and towns, Sanborn Maps were originally created for assessing fire insurance liability in urbanized areas of the United States. The maps include detailed information about the structure and use of buildings in approximately 12,000 United States cities and towns, created between 1866 and 1977. The maps are a highly useful resource for historical and genealogical research.


The Library of Congress has placed nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps online  for free. No subscription is necessary to view or print. https://www.loc.gov/collections/sanborn-maps/about-this-collection


Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000. As of June 2017, the following states are available Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s.


Fee-Based Genealogy Services:

Ancestry

Search an Ancestry World Tree; birth, marriage, and death records; census records, military records, message boards; and other sources. Cost of subscription ranges from $29.95 quarterly for U.S. and Canadian Records to $189.95 for an annual Super Subscription.


How to Locate a Professional Genealogist:

Association of Professional Genealogists
This organization has over 1,300 members worldwide. From the home page click on Directory of Members. To identify professionals in a particular state, click on the state abbreviation in a pull down menu and then click Search. Other lists identify genealogists in foreign countries. You can also search for genealogists with specific geographic or research specialties.  Click on a genealogist's name to obtain contact information and statements on professional background.

 

For magazine articles and other information, search the Library’s Reference Databases.

(A Messenger Public Library card number and PIN are required to access Reference Databases outside the Library.)

 


 

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Such other, external web sites are not operated, controlled, or maintained by Messenger Public Library. While the Library works to provide links to only those web sites that are accurate and useful to visitors of the Messenger Public Library web site, the Library is not responsible for the content of other, external web sites and cannot guarantee that such web sites will not change without the Library’s knowledge. Inclusion of such links in the Messenger Public Library web site does not imply the Library’s endorsement or approval of the linked sites, their sponsors, or content.



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