Genealogy & Local Info



A to Z World Maps

Thousands of detailed international maps (countries, regions, states, etc.), as well as topographic maps, climate maps, and more.

America's Newspapers (Chicagoland Edition)

NOTE: Replaced by Newsbank's new, more comprehensive Chicago Community Collection database.

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America's Obituaries & Death Notices

This product has been replaced by the new, larger HeritageHub database, also from Newsbank.

From newspapers across the U.S. Note: Chicago Tribune obituaries are in ProQuest Newsstand/Global Newsstream.

American Ancestors

Extensive genealogical searching for census, vital and military records. From the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 

NOTE 6/22/20: Full remote access will be available to cardholders while the library building has limited public access.

Non-cardholders outside the library still have limited access to some records here.

Ancestry Library Edition

Family history data, census information, immigration, etc.

NOTE: Starting January 1, 2022, Ancestry Library Edition will only be available inside the library. Please consider using HeritageQuest or other genealogy databases that are available via remote access.

Database accessible only from within the library.

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Source for Swedish genealogy. Contains millions of historical documents, including church records, court records and estate inventories. | Login Tips

During the library's closure, you can ask for at-home access to ArkivDigital, which is normally only available inside the library. Use the library's contact form and specify "research" as the option for how to direct the feedback.

Arlington Day

Local daily newspaper Covers January 1966 to June 1970.


Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.


Chicago Community Collection

NEW:  From Newsbank. Replaces "America's News--Chicagoland Edition," with increased coverage and more full-image titles. Includes full-image content from the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Articles from 1/1/86-present. Approximately three months' daily issues are also available via PressReader.

Chicago Tribune (via ProQuest)

Search the complete text of The Chicago Tribune from 1849-present. The most recent four days' daily issues are also available via PressReader. Now features additional full-image content from 1997-2011 and increased searching of online articles. Additional full-page-image access (similar  to microfilm) for articles from 2008-3 months ago available through Proquest Recent Newspapers.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archives: Selected

No longer available. HeritageHub includes all obituaries & death noticies previously contained in this product. Use Proquest Chicago Tribune for historical article searching.


Daily Herald (via Newsbank)

Articles from 2/23/1995-present. For historical articles (1901-present) search the Arlington Heights listings in the Access Newspaper Archive.


Daily Herald (via Proquest)

Articles from 2/23/1997-present. For historical articles (1901-present) search the Arlington Heights listings in the Access Newspaper Archive.

Daily Herald--Full Image (via Newsbank)

NEW:  Full-image (full-page) version of the Daily Herald, 2/22/21- .

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Collection of millions of scanned historic images, documents and media from libraries, museums and universities across the country.

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Large genealogy database maintained by 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. NOTE: Requires creation of a free personal profile. Some full records/images are only available via local Family History Center. More details here.

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Access to over 2 billion records from the U.K., Ireland and the British Commonwealth, including census records, military collections, and immigration & naturalization records. NOTE: The PERSI (Periodical Source Index) database is now only available directly from the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center site.

Database accessible only from within the library.

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NEW: Includes all listings from America's Obituaries & Death Notices, plus additional full-image obituaries and death notices from 1704 –.

Note: Chicago Tribune obituaries are in ProQuest Newsstand/Global Newsstream.

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Census records, family/local histories, Revolutionary War pension & land applications, city directories and more.

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MyHeritage Online

Immigration lists, census records, vital records, parish/land records, news articles, etc.


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.]


PERSI (Periodical Source Index)

The premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals, produced by the staff of The Genealogy Center of the Allen County (Indiana) Public Library. Provides more than 3 million citations to readily-available periodical sources.

Proquest Recent Newspapers: Chicago Tribune

(Formerly Proquest Digitized Newspapers) Full-page scans of recent Chicago Tribune issues (2008-3 months ago).

Proquest Recent Newspapers: New York Times

(Formerly Proquest Digitized Newspapers) Full-page scans of recent NY Times issues (2008-3 months ago).


Sanborn Maps (Library of Congress)

Searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.


U.S. National Archives

Preserves US historical documents and manages federal records. Of use to genealogists, historians and legal researchers.

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