Chicago Family History Research Sources - A great powerpoint presentation from genealogist and historian Craig Pfannkuche. 

Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago
Society meetings every 2nd Sunday 1:15 - 3:30 pm at Atlas Senior Citizens Center, 1767 E. 79th Street, Chicago.

Archdiocese of Chicago Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center
711 West Monroe Street
Chicago IL. 60661
312-831- 0711

Chicago Historical Society
North and Clark
Chicago IL. 60610

Chicago Genealogical Society   Meet at Newberry Library 1st Sat. of each month at 1:30 p.m.

The Chicago Jewish Archives
Currently on hiatus, and unfortunately cannot accommodate researchers at this time.
Contact the Asher Library at or 312.322.1712 for more information.

Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State St.
Chicago IL. 60605

Guide to Genealogy Resources in the Library

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Archives
50 W. Washington St. Room 1113
Chicago IL. 60602
The Circuit Court Archives has naturalization records from non-federal courts, as well as an index (1840-1950).
They also have divorce records, probate and guardianship cases, law and chancery cases (include the Burned Records and name change cases).
Adoption and mental health records are CLOSED to the public.
Direct inquiries about adoption and mental health records to the Chief Deputy Clerk of the County Division. There are record request forms on the website.

Where to Find Cook County Vital Records
A summary guide prepared by The Newberry Library

Cook County Bureau of Vital Statistics
118 N. Clark (lower concourse)
Chicago IL. 60602

Cook County Clerk
Genealogy Online

Cook County Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates search database

Cook County Recorder of Deeds
118 N. Clark Street, Room 120
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-5050
The Recorder of Deeds has records of transfer of ownership or sales of property and related documents, Searches may be conducted by the name of wither the seller or buyer, by the Property Identification Number or by the legal description. For pre-Chicago Fire property records, contact Chicago Title & Trust (312) 223-3016

   Database of Servitude and Emancipation Records (1722-1863) 

DuSable Museum of African American History
The research library is closed during relocation but the librarian will answer questions via phone or email.

Evanston Historical Society
225 Greenwood
Evanston IL 60201

Family History Centers -
Part of the Church of the Latter Day Saints Family Search Project
Research, order microfilms and microfiche, copies

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Buffalo Grove
Chicago Heights
Crystal Lake
Hyde Park LDS
Naperville LDS
Newberry Library – Chicago
Orland Park

For addresses and hours see:

Illinois Statewide Vital Records Databases


Illinois Regional Archives Depository System

Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI)

Meetings – 4th Sunday of the month
Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie

The Newberry Library

60 W. Walton, Chicago, IL
The most extensive genealogical collection in the region.

    Extensive genealogical book collection
    Local Histories
    U.S. Census
    Genealogical Source Material

        Published indexes, abstracts or transcriptions of pre-twentieth century records of birth, death, and   marriage, as well as probate, deed, court, tax, and cemetery records form an important segment of the Newberry's genealogy collection. These materials are primarily from the area of the Mississippi Valley to the Eastern Seaboard, as well as from Canada and the British Isles.
    Military Records
    Electronic Resources

        The Library has subscriptions to several databases of interest to genealogists. Among them are, HeritageQuest On-line,, New England Ancestors and Footnote. These databases are only accessible from within the library.

See the Web Site for full descriptions

The Nordic Family Genealogy Center
5211 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Il
(773) 728-8111

A research center at the Swedish American Museum assisting individuals with finding out more about their Swedish ancestry.

The Genealogy Center offers monthly genealogy events as well as weekly genealogy research time.
Genealogy learning sessions from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday of each month, from January to November.

The Genealogy Center is open for individual research Wednesday afternoons between noon and 3:30 p.m. Additional time is given to researchers every other month, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday.

Individual assistance is provided by experienced members of the Nordic Family Genealogy Center


Polish Museum of America Library
984 North Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago IL 60622

Swenson Center
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL

The Swenson Center has extensive resources for Swedish genealogical research. The most important include church records from denominations founded by Swedish immigrants in North America, passenger indexes from American and Scandinavian ports, records of different organizations founded by Swedish immigrants in North America, Swedish-language newspapers published in the United States and Canada, City Directories and census materials from many urban areas with strong concentrations of Swedish-Americans, and several other types of indexes.

The majority of the records go up to approximately 1930, and usually do not contain information about people who are still living today. Most of the records are on microfilm and computer databases--not online, and most of our library books are available to borrow via interlibrary loan.

Wilmette Family History Center

Has microfilms of :

Pre-1916 Chicago Death Certificate Film Numbers
1916-1947 Chicago Death Certificate Film Numbers
1916-1947 Cook County Death Certificate Film Numbers