Title Description Use @ home?
Access Newspaper Archive
Historical access to scanned pages from hundreds of newspapers. Coverage varies by paper. Includes the Daily Herald, 1901-. [Note: and Access Newspaper Archive both cover different sets of newspapers, with some overlap.]
America's Newspapers (Chicagoland Edition)
Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, and Arlington Heights Post.
America's Obituaries & Death Notices
From newspapers across the U.S. Note: Chicago Tribune obituaries are in ProQuest Newsstand.
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.
Ancestry Library Edition
Family history data, census information, immigration, etc. | Video Tutorial
Source for Swedish genealogy. Contains millions of historical documents, including church records, court records and estate inventories. | Login Tips
Requires creation of a free personal profile. Large genealogy database maintained by The Church of 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.
Access to over 2 billion records from the UK, Ireland and the British Commonwealth, including census records, military collections, immigration and naturalization records, and the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). | Video Tutorial
Historical documents and personal histories from the National Archives and other institutions. Includes the Fold3 Holocaust Archives. (The old interface will still be available through the end of April, 2016)
Census records 1790-1930, family/local histories, PERSI article index, Revolutionary War applications
Milestone Documents in American History
Primary source documents pertaining to the history of the United States
MyHeritage Online
Immigration lists, census records, vital records, parish/land records, etc. Replacing World Vital Records.
Historical access to scanned pages from hundreds of newspapers. Coverage varies by paper. [Note: and Access Newspaper Archive both cover different sets of newspapers, with some overlap.]
Prices for Antiques (P4A)
Antiques collectibles and fine art database of US auction prices.
Proquest Digtized Newspapers: Chicago Tribune
Full-page scans of recent Chicago Tribune issues (2008-3 months ago).
Proquest Digtized Newspapers: New York Times
Full-page scans of recent NY Times issues (2008-3 months ago).
Proquest Digtized Newspapers: Wall Street Journal
Full-page scans of recent Wall Street Journal issues (2008-3 months ago).
Proquest Historical Newspapers
Search the historical archives of the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Defender, St. Louis Dispatch, Baltimore Sun, and the Irish Times.
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