Genealogy & Local History

It's All Relative

NOW is the time to start your genealogy!
Posted by mmulholl on 11/21/14
The holidays are approaching and families will gather around a table for dinner or around a fireplace. Grandpa and grandma will visit, as well as Uncle John and Aunt Mary. Take a lot of pictures, for sure, but also bring out the old photo album. Ask them to identify anyone you cannot recognise. How did they celebrate the holidays when they were growing up? Were any special foods prepared...

Shackley Room

The Kathrine Shackley Room for Local History and Genealogy (located on the first floor) includes:

The Genealogy Collection
  • Books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, and access to several online databases
  • An extensive microfilm collection
The Local History Collection
  • Local church records
  • Various Arlington High School yearbooks
  • Information on the subdivisions, people, places and events of Arlington Heights
  • Three microform readers with print capability.
  • Two readers have the additional capability to email or save images to a flash drive.
  • Readers can be used to read personal microfilm or microfiche.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home is an online pinboard created to collect memories of life - past and present - in Arlington Heights.

Online Learning & Research
(Arlington Heights Memorial Library cardholders Only)
New: You must create a personal LyndaLibrary profile.
Gale Courses
(Arlington Heights Memorial Library cardholders only)

  • Local history databases
  • Clio (available in the library): Digital genealogy books and county histories from several Midwest and Eastern states.
Custom Google Search
Reliable Genealogy Websites
A popular genealogy website.
We are a designated branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Microfilm can be ordered online.
Depository of public records of Illinois State and regional archives with searchable databases for vital, land and military records.
Local organization offering education and programs in family history research.
Volunteers and library staff are available to help you with your research.
Complete the appointment form or call 847-870-3643 and Michael Mulholland, Local History/ Genealogy Librarian, will get in touch soon.

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