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Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy Resources

Discover specialized resources for genealogy and local history research here. Use most resources inside the library or from home with your Niles-Maine District Library card.

Name Description Use At Home?
America's Newspapers Chicagoland Edition

Full-text Chicago Sun-Times, Niles Bugle, Niles Herald-Spectator, Niles Journal, and other Illinois newspapers. 

Ancestry (Library Edition)ancestry

U.S. census records, military records, vital records, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more. 

Chicago Sun-Times

Full page coverage from 1986-present. 

Chicago Tribunetribune-logo

Full-text coverage from 1985 - present.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archivetribune-logo

Full-text coverage from 1849 - 1987.

Daily Heralddaily herald

Full-text coverage from 1997 - present.

Fold3 Library Edition

Military records including stories, photos, and personal documents. Includes the Fold3 Holocaust Archives.

Heritage Hub

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 - today.

Heritage Quest

U.S. census records, military records, vital records, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more.

New York Times

Full-text coverage from 1923 - present.

New York Times Historical

Full-text coverage from 1857 - 1922.

Niles Bugle

Full-text coverage from 1957 - 2007.

Niles Herald-Spectator

Full-text coverage from 2008 - 2018.

Wall Street Journal

Full-text coverage from 1984 - present.

Wall Street Journal Historical

Full-text coverage from 1889 - 2001.


Genealogy Websites

Castle Garden Provides access to the passenger lists for the 11 million arrivals in New York, 1820 through 1892.
Chicago Ancestors Created by the Newberry Library’s Department of Local and Family History.
Cook County Genealogy Find more than 8 million vital records back to 1872.
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites Introduces more than 327,00 links! Categorized & cross-referenced, in over 200 categories.
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter A “daily newsletter for genealogy consumers, packed with straight talk.”
FamilySearch Discover family history at this vast website maintained by the Church of Latter Day Saints. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and tutorials.
Genealogical Research, Illinois State Archives Research Illinois Birth, census death, land sale  and veteran's records.
National Archives Access to Archival Databases Search electronic records in NARA custody, including military personnel records, and other historic data files, from 1800 to the present.
Rootsweb Helps searchers to make connections with others working on their family tree.
Social Security Death Index Now available through
Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation Here you can search the passenger lists for 22 million immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954. A wonderful "one-step portal for on-line genealogy” with the invaluable Unified 1940 Census ED finder.
US GenWeb Project Organizes sites by county and state.
A-Guide-to-Genealogy Great article to get you started on your geneology search