Genealogy Research

Local Online Resources

Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago Locate and contact cemeteries, includes a genealogy request form here

Chicago Street Names and Name Changes

Chicago Ancestors A Newberry Library project to help you to find and share historical information about Chicago.

Chicago Genealogical Society

Chicago Genealogical Society on Facebook Another place where you can obtain copies of many vital records from Cook County, IL.

Cook County Genealogy Online A resource for obtaining vital records for Cook County, IL. Not all vital records are currently available. Prices from may be better. Online searchable death indexes and records. If you are connected to, remember you can access this database for free in the Library.

Frankfort Area Obituary Index

Frankfort Historical Society

Frankfort Historical Society Museum

IL GenWeb Project, Will County A volunteer-based resource. In some cases, a contact name is given for someone who may be willing to do a free lookup for you!

Illinois Death Certificates Database, 1916-1950

Illinois Spanish-American War Veterans

Illinois State Archives and Illinois Regional Archives Depositories

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900

Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916

Oak Lawn Public Library (IL) Obituary Index

Pritzker Military Library (Chicago)

South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society

South Suburban Heritage Association

Will County Cemetery Listings

Additional Online Resources (most are free tools)

AfriGeneas “AfriGeneas provides resources, leadership, promotion and advocacy for the mutual development and use of a system of genealogy for researching African related ancestry.” You can do surname searches on the site.

Board for Certification of Genealogists Learn how you can become a genealogy “expert.”

Castle Garden A database of immigrants who arrived in this New York port from 1820-1892, before the opening of Ellis Island.

Census Enumeration District Finder Can't find your person in the census but you know they are in there? This resource can help especially if you know where the person lived (street address). This pdf step-by-step will also help (compiled by one of our loyal patrons)

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System A database that contains basic facts about servicemen who served both sides of the Civil War.

Cyndi’s List A directory of genealogy sites on the Internet, organized by category.

Ellis Island Database Free to search records. Create a free account (username & password).

Family Search (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) A searchable database. The Church has records of individuals in the billions from across the globe. You can search by collection or location.
NOTE: Social Security Death Index records can be accessed here or through the Frankfort Public Library’s subscription to Ancestry.

Genealogy Trails

Irish Genealogy Search a wide range of record sources including civil records and church resources.

Legacy Family Tree FREE software to enter your family data, create reports, charts; etc.

National Archives

National Genealogical Society

Rootsweb, U.S. Town/County Database Records are often kept at the county level. This handy tool helps you determine the name of a particular county when all you may know for certain is the town or city name.

Social Security Death Index A database of people whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA) beginning about 1962. This can be helpful when you are trying to determine an exact, or close-to-exact death date of an individual.
NOTE: May also be accessed through the library’s subscription to or

South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society

State historical societies

State Libraries & Archives

USGenWeb Project A volunteer-based resource. In some cases, a contact name is given for someone who may be willing to do a free lookup for you!

Vital Records Information Birth, marriage, and death records can be obtained at the county and/or state level. Date of records held vary, as well as the fees.

WorldGenWeb Project A volunteer-based resource. In some cases, a contact name is given for someone who may be willing to do a free lookup for you!