Genealogy

Title Description Use @ home?
America's Newspapers (Chicagoland Edition)
Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, and Arlington Heights Post.
Yes
America's Obituaries & Death Notices
From newspapers across the U.S. Note: Chicago Tribune obituaries are in ProQuest Newsstand.
Yes
Ancestry Library Edition

Family history data, census information, immigration, etc.

No
Fold3
Historical documents and personal histories from the National Archives and other institutions. Includes the Fold3 Holocaust Archives.
Yes
HeritageQuest
Census records 1790-1930, family/local histories, PERSI article index, Revolutionary War applications
Yes
Milestone Documents in American History
Primary source documents pertaining to the history of the United States
Yes
MyHeritage Online
NEW. Immigration lists, census records, vital records, parish/land records, etc. Replacing World Vital Records. 8/24/15: For use at home, please use Internet Explorer, until further notice
Yes
Proquest Digital Microfilm
Browsable, full-page scans of the Chicago Tribune, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, 2008-.  Browse by paper/date/page. | Quick Start Guide.
Yes
World Vital Records
Subscription ended. World Vital Records has been replaced by My Heritage Online​, which includes all of World Vital Records' contents, along with additional materials.
Yes
Schedule an appointment to get help with these and other interests:
 
  • downloading eBooks
  • researching genealogy
  • finding a job
  • computers and technology
 

More Tools for Genealogists

 
  • details about our genealogy resources
  • the "It's All Relative" blog
  • information about upcoming programs
  • links to useful websites & home sweet home
 

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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
 
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Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
 
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
 
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
 
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
 
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
 
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
 
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  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy