Genealogy & Local History

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Discover your ancestry in the Kathrine Shackley Room for Local History and Genealogy. Located on the first floor of the library, the genealogy collection provides access to books, periodicals, newspapers, maps and digital resources. The library has an extensive database collection to help you with your genealogy and family history research, and you can enjoy access to more record collections on Family Search with our library’s Family History Affiliate Library status and Family History Library microfilm collection. The Boyd-Huff Arlington Heights Collection is unique to our library and includes local church records, school yearbooks, and information on the people, places, and events of Arlington Heights. Three microfilm readers with printing capabilities and a scanner are available. Use our digital microfilm reader to manipulate images, email or save images to a flash drive.

We have genealogy programs for all skill levels. Join us at our genealogy events to meet other family historians, learn new techniques to discover your ancestors and to break down your genealogical brick walls.

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Meet with a Specialist

While the library building is closed, Jaymie Middendorf, Genealogy and Local History Librarian, is available to help you with your genealogy questions through email. Send questions to jmiddendorf@ahml.info. 

 

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Reliable Genealogy Websites

Cyndi's List
A popular genealogy website.

Illinois State Archives
A depository of public records of Illinois state and regional archives with searchable databases for vital, land and military records.

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society
A local organization offering education and programs in family history research.

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Swedish Genealogy Appointments

Do you have Swedish ancestors? Kathy Meade will help you with genealogical research and direct you to Swedish research resources. 

Attend our next Swedish Genealogy class

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Online Genealogy Course

Gale Courses  - Genealogy

In-depth, instructor-led, 6-week Genealogy Basics course. Arlington Heights cardholders only.

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Upcoming Genealogy Programs

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Genealogy & Local History Resources

A to Z World Maps

Thousands of detailed international maps (countries, regions, states, etc.), as well as topographic maps, climate maps, and more.

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Access Newspaper Archive

Historical access to scanned pages from hundreds of newspapers. Coverage varies by paper. Includes the Daily Herald, 1901-present. [Note: Newspapers.com and Access Newspaper Archive both cover different sets of newspapers, with some overlap.]

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America's Newspapers (Chicagoland Edition)

Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, and Arlington Heights Post.

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America's Obituaries & Death Notices

From newspapers across the U.S. Note: Chicago Tribune obituaries are in ProQuest Newsstand.

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American Ancestors

Extensive genealogical searching for census, vital and military records. From the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 

Full access is only available inside the library. Users outside the library still have limited access to some records.

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Ancestry Library Edition

Family history data, census information, immigration, etc.

NOTE: Ancestry Library Edition will be available to home users until April 30, 2020.

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ArkivDigital

Source for Swedish genealogy. Contains millions of historical documents, including church records, court records and estate inventories. | Login Tips

Database accessible only from within the library.

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Arlington Day

Local daily newspaper Covers January 1966 to June 1970.

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Arlington Heights History

From the Illinois Digital Archive.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Articles from 1/1/86-present. Approximately three months' daily issues are also available via PressReader.

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Chicago Tribune (via ProQuest)

Search the complete text of The Chicago Tribune from 1849-present. The most recent four days' daily issues are also available via PressReader.

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Chicago Tribune Historical Archives: Selected

1849-1984.  Less complete than the Proquest Chicago Tribune, but has easier obituary/death notice searching.

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Daily Herald

Articles from 1/1/95-present. For historical articles (1901-present) search the Arlington Heights listings in the Access Newspaper Archive.

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FamilySearch

Large genealogy database maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Anyone may use FamilySearch from home, etc., but additional content is available only when used inside the library. NOTE: Requires creation of a free personal profile.

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FindMyPast

Access to over 2 billion records from the U.K., Ireland and the British Commonwealth, including census records, military collections, immigration and naturalization records, and the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).

Database accessible only from within the library.

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Fold3

Historical documents and personal histories from the National Archives and other institutions. Includes the Fold3 Holocaust Archives.

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Gale Courses

In-depth, instructor-led, 6-week classes on tech topics, health care training, business/accounting, personal development, law, test prep, and more. Some classes can lead to certification.

Arlington Heights cardholders only

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HeritageQuest

Census records 1790-1930, family/local histories, PERSI article index, Revolutionary War applications.

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Milestone Documents in American History

Primary source documents pertaining to the history of the United States.

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MyHeritage Online

Immigration lists, census records, vital records, parish/land records, etc. Replacing World Vital Records.

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Newspapers.com

Historical access to scanned pages from hundreds of newspapers. Coverage varies by paper. [Note: Newspapers.com and Access Newspaper Archive both cover different sets of newspapers, with some overlap.]

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Proquest Digitized Newspapers: Chicago Tribune

Full-page scans of recent Chicago Tribune issues (2008-3 months ago).

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Proquest Historical Newspapers

Search the historical archives of the New York TimesChicago TribuneChicago Defender

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Sanborn Maps (Library of Congress)

Searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.

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