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Located in Springfield, IL, genealogists find this library essential to their research. Records of interest to genealogists may be found in all of the Library's collections. Their resources include audio-visual collections, manuscripts, newspapers on microfilm, printed materials, an oral history program, and much more.
Last Updated: 12 June 2018   [Located in Category: Libraries]
The ACPL Genealogy Center, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a unique and valuable resource for the genealogy community at large. They have one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world.
Last Updated: 11 June 2018   [Located in Category: Libraries]
This website (wiki) features a list of the Family History Centers throughout Illinois. Click on each listing to get details on location, phone number & operating hours.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Websites]
A good resource on how to obtain birth certificates and related information whether you are an adopted person, birth parents, or family members.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Websites]
This website focuses on the history and genealogy of the counties throughout Illinois profiling each county and its history and resources to assist your genealogy research.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Websites]
The IDPH will issue uncertified copies of birth certificates & death certificates, for genealogical purposes only.
Last Updated: 9 August 2019   [Located in Category: indexes/Databases]
The IDA is a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in Illinois. The repository contains photographs, slides, glass negatives, posters, postcards, oral histories, maps, videos, newspapers, manuscripts and letters, Federal government documents, and much more. Materials in IDA are generally in the Public Domain but be sure to check the "Copyright Information", found on the "About" page, before using anything.
Last Updated: 14 June 2018   [Located in Category: Archives]
A great resource on the history and genealogy in Illinois, the folks who manage this free site have been adding information to it since 2000. Recent additions include the 1837 Illinois Gazetteer, a listing of Poor Houses of 1892, a list of the 1922 Coal Mine Fatalities, Slavery Emancipation Records, military rosters and casualty lists, and much more.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Websites]
The Illinois USGenWeb may have started out small in June 1996 but today it's a massive resource site focused on providing facts, information and research assistance. Recent additions to the site include: a database of almost 5600 Illinois men who enlisted in the Mexican War; a register of membership of the General Society of the War of 1812; and a listing of Pastorates of German Congregational Churches in Illinois to 1938.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Websites]
NOTE: you do not need to sign-in to this site - click the "cancel" button to bypass the login window. This agency maintains collections on historic documents, artifacts and artwork. Some are available online, while others are presented at museums at historic sites. Their website page includes info & links to museums, online collections, and other Illinois organizations of interest.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Museums]
The library at the Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, houses the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections unit (IHLC) in room 324 of the Main Library. The IHLC preserves and provides access to both print and manuscript materials documenting the history of Illinois as well as Abraham Lincoln's life and legacy. There is also an excellent Map Library on the 4th floor of the Main Library.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Libraries]
Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. Records include: births, deaths & marriages, land deeds, naturalization records, and more.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Archives]
A great place to get started on researching your Illinois ancestors.
Last Updated: 11 June 2018   [Located in Category: Archives]
ISHS was founded in 1899 to support the Illinois State Historical Library and to encourage research and writing on subjects of Illinois history. Though independent of the State of Illinois and the Historical Library since 1997, the ISHS continues to actively promote the study of Illinois history.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Websites]
On the main web page for the Illinois State Library, you'll see a number of items you can click on, however, the following will be of more interest to genealogists: click on "For Libraries" to gain access to the ILLINET link; click on "For the Public" to access a link for "Genealogical Resources"; click on "Research Databases" to search through the library's immense offerings.
Last Updated: 14 June 2018   [Located in Category: Libraries]
This database provides listings of death certificates filed with the Illinois Dept. of Public Health between 1916 and 1950.
Last Updated: 12 June 2018   [Located in Category: indexes/Databases]
The pre-1916 Illinois death index is an ongoing project coordinated by the Illinois State Archives. The sources for this index include original county clerks' death records, such as death registers and licenses. For each death, the index includes the name of the decedent, the date of the death, the name of the county where the death occurred, the place of death within the county, when possible; the age and sex of the decedent and a citation to the original record – volume & page number for death registers or certificate number for death certificates.
Last Updated: 14 June 2018   [Located in Category: indexes/Databases]
Since 1985 the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has cooperated with the Illinois State Archives to create an index to Illinois marriages occurring prior to 1901.Today, more than one million marriages are included in this index. The sources for this index include original county clerks' marriage records, such as marriage registers and licenses, as well as publications of county genealogical societies and private individuals.
Last Updated: 12 June 2018   [Located in Category: indexes/Databases]
This is the state's main website.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Websites]
The National Archives at Chicago holds permanent records created by federal agencies and courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Last Updated: 11 June 2018   [Located in Category: Archives]
NARA's "Resources for Genealogists" includes tutorials on how to start your genealogy research, downloadable charts & forms, census records, military service records, immigration & naturalization records, maps, photos and much, much more.
Last Updated: 14 June 2018   [Located in Category: Archives]
A listing of the current year's state holidays.
Last Updated: 13 June 2018   [Located in Category: Websites]
The Newberry, Chicago's Independent Research Library, has been collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887. Staff at the Genealogy and Local History desk can help you explore the Newberry's rich collections of family histories; local histories; censuses, probate, deed, court, tax, and cemetery records; military rosters; periodicals; genealogical guides; and reference works.
Last Updated: 12 June 2018   [Located in Category: Libraries]
The Library & Archives provide access to 3.8 million printed & microform North American volumes, 25,000 maps, 3 million historical images, and 110,000 cubic feet of archival materials. Extensive online collections provide access to millions of web visitors.
Last Updated: 14 June 2018   [Located in Category: Archives]