Genealogy & Local Info

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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 Obituaries & Death Notices

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: Ancestry Library Edition will be available to home users until DECEMBER 31, 2020.


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ArkivDigital

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 Contains millions of historical documents, including church records, court records and estate inventories.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.


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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.


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.


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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.


Chicago Tribune Historical Archives: Selected

1849-1984.  Less complete than the Proquest Chicago Tribune, but has easier obituary/death notice searching.


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Daily Herald

Articles from 1/1/95-present. For historical articles (1901-present) search the Arlington Heights listings in the Access Newspaper Archive.


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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FamilySearch

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.


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FindMyPast

Access to over 2 billion records from the U.K., Ireland and the British Commonwealth, including census records, military collections, immigration and naturalization records, and the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).

You can temporarily ask for at-home access to FindMyPast, which is normally only available inside the library. Details here.


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HeritageQuest

Census records 1790-1930, family/local histories, PERSI article index, Revolutionary War applications.


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MyHeritage Online

Immigration lists, census records, vital records, parish/land records, etc. Replacing World Vital Records.


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Newspapers.com

Historical access to scanned pages from hundreds of newspapers. Coverage varies by paper. [Note: Newspapers.com and Access Newspaper Archive both cover different sets of newspapers, with some overlap.]


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Proquest Digitized Newspapers: Chicago Tribune

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


Proquest Digitized Newspapers: New York Times

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


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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.


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U.S. National Archives

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


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