Chicago Genealogical Society

Find more links at Illinois GenWeb Page Cook County and Linkpendium Cook County Genealogy and Family History.


§ Illinois research databases and records

§ Bureau of Land Management – General Land Office Records : Land Patent Search

§ Cyndi’s List – Illinois

§ Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) – Illinois, Cook, Chicago

§ Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls

§ Illinois Death Records and Indexes

§ Illinois Historic Cemetery Preservation Handbook: A Guide to Basic Preservation

§ Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950This card file is an index to petitions for residents of northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa.

§ Illinois Parish Histories collection at the University of Notre Dame

§ Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1970: Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois.

§ Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales

§ Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD): find out the holdings for each county

§ Illinois GenWeb Project

§ Illinois Vital Records Information

Archives, Libraries and Societies


§ Archdiocese of Chicago’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives & Records Center

§ Chicago History MuseumResearch sources: architecture and building history; archives and manuscripts; books and other published materials; family research; maps and atlases; prints and photographs; online resources.

§ Chicago Public Library :

§ CPL – Archival Collections

§ CPL – Neighborhood History Research Collections

§ CPL – Sulzer Regional Library Northside Neighborhood History Collection

§ Hyde Park Historical Society

§ Newberry Library

§ Discover the past by address, and much more. Includes links to articles published in Chicago Genealogist to a geographic location.

§ Newberry Library Genealogy News

§ Manuscripts and Archives

§ University of Chicago Library

§ University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library

Suburban Cook County

§ Arlington Heights Memorial Library – Genealogy

§ Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

§ Eastland Disaster Historical Society

§ Elgin Genealogical Society

§ Franklin Park Public Library

§ South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society

§ Wilmette Family History Center: Holds films on Chicago records on permanent loan, such as Chicago Death Certificates 1878-1947; Coroner’s Death Certificates 1879-1904; Chicago Catholic church records. See brochure on website for more information.

Outside Cook County

§ Irish American Heritage Center

§ Italian Cultural Center

§ Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

§ Pointers in Person (Italian Genealogy)

§ Polish Genealogical Society of America

§ Swedish American Museum Center

General Genealogy

§ Civil War Pension Index Cards

§ message boards: surnames, localities, topics

§ Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites

§ Genealogical forms to download: Artifacts and Heirlooms Record, Biographical Outline, Cemetery Transcription Form, Census Forms, Correspondence Log, Deed Index, Military Records Checklist, Note-Taking Forms, Research Calendar, Time Capsules…..and more!

§ USGenWeb Project

Chicago Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Address: PO Box 1160, Chicago, IL  60690-1160

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