Research
Genealogy

 

Researching your family history is a fulfilling hobby, a labor of love, a tribute to your ancestry, and a gift to your descendants.  It can also be a very challenging project.  Use the resources in this section as a pathfinder to guide your quest.

The Skokie Obituary Index is a specialized database created by librarians at Skokie Public Library and is especially useful for local genealogical research.

Want help in researching your family tree? Make an appointment to meet with a specialist in genealogical research at Skokie Public Library! Contact the Library’s Reference Department by phone at 847.673.3733 or .

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Getting Started

If you're new to researching your family history, use these sites to help you get started.

Web resourceAbout.com: Genealogy

This guide to Internet genealogy from an expert guide at About.com and highlights key Internet sites covering topics such as searching cemetery and census records and beginning a genealogical search.

Web resourceGenealogy "How-To" Guide from Genealogy.com

This site provides a selection of articles covering beginning genealogy topics such as finding information at home, recording oral histories, determining the accuracy of your information, staying organized, and much more.

Web resourceHow to Start Your Family History from FamilySearch.org

This Mormon website offers a six-step guide to starting genealogical research. Forms for pedigree charts and family records are available on the site.

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Genealogy Super Sites

Super sites offer multiple features for new and experienced genealogists.  Expect to find census records, marriage, birth, and death records, passenger lists, and a wealth of other material.

Available in Library onlyAncestry Library Edition

This subscription service of the Ancestry.com website provides complete access to hundreds of online genealogical databases including census and military records, birth and marriage records, immigration information, and much more.

Web resourceCyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

This detailed list of over 83,000 genealogy websites is categorized and cross-indexed.

Web resourceFamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service

This website searches and provides family records from the Mormon databases.

Web resourceFamilyTreeMaker Online

This site contains a useful Web directory of online genealogy resources along and various guides to genealogy research.

Web resourceUSGenWeb Project

This volunteer project is designed to provide free access to Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

Web resourceWorldGenWeb Project

This non-profit website is powered by a worldwide network of volunteer websites to provide world genealogical information by country. Available information includes local resource addresses of county/country public records offices, cemetery locations, maps, library addresses, archive addresses, and more.

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Area Genealogical Research Centers

Not all genealogical information is available online.  These area libraries have extensive genealogical collections.

Web resourceArlington Heights Memorial Library - Genealogy

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library maintains a large genealogy and local history collection in both print and microforms. The Kathrine Shackley Room for Local History & Genealogy, located on the second level, is staffed by volunteers to assist patrons with family research.

Family History Center

This library is a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  All Family History Centers provide access to most of the millions of microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library in order to help patrons pursue genealogical research. Everyone is welcome to use the resources of the Family History Centers.

    2727 Lake Avenue
    Wilmette, Illinois  60091
       847.251.9818 phone
       Hours:
          Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00am to 3:00pm, 6:30 to 9:30pm
          Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Web resourceGenealogy and Local History at Winnetka Public Library

The Katharine Greeley Genealogical Collection at Winnetka Public Library includes manuscripts, magazines, microfilm, microfiche, CD-ROMs and computer databases. The collection contains information primarily about states from the Atlantic to the west bank of the Mississippi River, but also contains information from other areas.
       Hours:
          Monday through Saturday from 9:15am to 12:00pm, 1:15 to 4:00pm
          Sundays (September through May) from 1:15 to 4:00pm

Web resourceThe Newberry Library

The Newberry Library has the most extensive genealogical collection in the area, especially for pre-twentieth century sources. The Newberry's genealogical collections contain military records, local histories, state historical and genealogical journals, as well as an extensive collection of published genealogies.

Web resourceU.S. National Archives & Records Administration - Great Lakes Region

The NARA Great Lakes Region holds a large collection of microfilm including census records, some passenger arrival records, and a naturalization index covering parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

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Skokie Public Library Genealogical Resources

This is a listing of some of the genealogical resources available from Skokie Public Library.  Please search our catalog or contact the Information Services Desk for more information about print material.

Available in Library onlyAncestry Library Edition

This subscription service of the Ancestry.com website provides complete access to hundreds of online genealogical databases including census and military records, birth and marriage records, immigration information, and much more.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardChicago Tribune – 1849 to the present via ProQuest

Search the complete text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to the present day. Content from 1849 through 1987 is available as images of the original newspaper so photographs, death notices, cartoons, and advertisements are present and searchable along with article content. Text versions of articles and obituaries only are available from 1987 to the present.

Web resourceJewish Genealogy Resources at Skokie Public Library

Skokie, Illinois is home to a significant Jewish population. This selected list of books, periodicals, and other materials available at Skokie Public Library has been compiled for those in Skokie, and elsewhere, interested in researching their Jewish genealogy.

Web resourceSkokie Newspaper Index

The Skokie Public Library newspaper index contains citations to articles which appeared in the Skokie Review (from 1984 to the present), The News (from 1978 to 1984, when it ceased publication), and Life: Skokie edition (from 1978 to October 2004, when it ceased publication). When the full text of an article appears on the newspaper's website, a link is provided from the index to the article. You can also view the full text of indexed articles by consulting back issues of the newspapers found on microfilm in the Library. A card file housed in the Library's reference department contains citations to articles which appeared in Skokie newspapers between 1960 and 1977.

More information about the Skokie Newspaper Index is available online.

Web resourceSkokie Obituary Index

Skokie Public Library maintains an index to obituaries which appeared in Skokie newspapers from 1963 to the present.  Obituaries have been indexed from The News (1963 through 1984), Skokie Review (1981 to the present) and Life: Skokie edition (1981 to October 2004).  Obituaries are searchable by name, or browsable by name or date.

More information about the Skokie Newspaper Index is available online.

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Vital Records and Obituaries

These websites can help you find birth, death, and marriage records, obituaries, and passenger lists.

Web resourceAmerican Family Immigration History Center: Ellis Island On-Line

Search a database of passenger lists for more than twenty-two million immigrants, passengers, and crew member that came through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardChicago Tribune – 1849 to the present via ProQuest

Search the complete text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to the present day. Content from 1849 through 1987 is available as images of the original newspaper so photographs, death notices, cartoons, and advertisements are present and searchable along with article content. Text versions of articles and obituaries only are available from 1987 to the present.

Web resourceFind A Grave

This user-supported database features burial records for cemeteries across the United States and a directory of United States cemeteries.

Web resourceGenealogy in Cook County, Illinois

Use this website if you are searching for Chicago census records.  There are maps of the city of Chicago for 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 including boundary descriptions for wards, townships, and enumeration districts.

Web resourceGenealogy Online: Historical Cook County, Illinois Vital Records

Search for birth certificates (75 years and older), marriage licenses (50 years and older), or death certificates (20 years and older) issued by Cook County. Using this system you will able to get the date and file numbers of documents which then can be purchased online for $15 each. Free registration is required to search the site.

Web resourceIllinois State Archives Databases

From the Illinois Secretary of State's website, this page provides access to various genealogical resources and includes the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, information on Illinois veterans, Illinois Statewide Death Indexes, and much more.

Web resourceLegacy.com

Find links to obituary listings from across the nation in the Newspaper Affiliates section of Legacy.com.

Web resourceLocal Obituary Search Engines

This large collection of search engines accesses obituaries in six large databases and a large collection of obituary search engines arranged by state.

Web resourceOnline Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records & Indexes

A guide to finding obituaries and other death records in the Chicago area, this site contains links to free and fee sites with death listings in newspapers and government sources.

Web resourceOnline Searchable Death Indexes & Records

This directory of online death indexes listed by state and county includes death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery and burial records.

Web resourceSkokie Obituary Index

This index to obituaries which appeared in Skokie papers covers 1963 to the present. Issues from which obituaries are indexed include The News (1963 through 1981), Skokie Review (1981 to the present), and Life: Skokie edition (1981 to the present).

Web resourceWhere to Write for Vital Records

From the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), this website provides information about how to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates.

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Organizations

Other genealogists can be great sources of information and research help.  Cyndi's List has an extensive list of Illinois genealogical societies and groups.

Web resourceIllinois State Genealogical Society

A statewide organization devoted to nurturing genealogical research and supporting local genealogical societies, the Society publishes the Illinois Genealogical Society Quarterly and supports a research facility in Springfield, Illinois.

Web resourceJewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

This society offers research support and vital contacts for the special issues involved in tracing your Jewish ancestry.

Web resourceNorth Suburban Genealogical Society

This extremely active society includes a computer users group, a problem solvers' roundtable, and a variety of monthly programs.

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