Genealogy & Local History

It's All Relative

Genealogy starts with...yourself
Posted by mmulholl on 08/31/15
How do I start my family history? Start with yourself. You then work backwards in time documenting the birth, marriage, and death of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. Need help? Visit our genealogy room and talk with volunteers and library staff who will help you. Check out the information on this page. Take a tour of the collection. Set up a one-on-one appointment...

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

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 contact Michael Mulholland, Local History/ Genealogy Librarian, at 847-870-3643, or Susan Mayer, Specialty Services Advisor/Genealogy Librarian, at 847-870-4428. 

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