Explore Genealogy and Look Up Your Family Tree


The Internet has revolutionized the process of searching for your family roots. Use these tools to find old public records, death notices, and more.

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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General Genealogy Sites

Available in Library onlyAncestry Library Edition

This subscription service of the 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 resourceCyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

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

Web resourceGenealogy "How-To" Guide from

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 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 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 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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