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Genealogy

Databases & Guides

Name Description Use At Home?

America's Genealogy Bank

Genealogy Bank

Quickly find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers. Search over 1,000 newspapers; the American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set and more. Find obituaries, birth & marriage notices; pension records etc.

Yes

Ancestry Library Edition

With over 1.2 billion records, AncestryPlus is one of the most comprehensive online databases of genealogical and local history research available. (Blank charts & forms)

No

Chicago Area News

IllinoisNewspapers

Find information on topics related to business, education, government, health, politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, blogs, videos and web-only content including: the Beacon News (1997-Current), Chicago Sun-Times (1986-Current), Courier-News (1997-Current), Daily Herald (1995-Current), the Kane County Chronicle (2004-Current), and the St. Charles Republican (2009-2014).

Yes

Chicago Sun Times

Chicago Sun Times

Coverage of the full-text paper from 1986 to Current.

Yes

Chicago Tribune

Coverage of the full-text paper from 1985 to Current

Yes

Chicago Tribune Digital Microfilm

Microfilm reproduction of the Chicago Tribune, all editions from 2008 to 3 months ago. Digital microfilm includes every page of every edition of the newspaper, including display ads, legal notices and classifieds.

Yes

Chicago Tribune Historical Edition

Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue in 1849 to 1994. This collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Yes

Daily Herald

DailyHerald

Full-text coverage from 1995 to Current.

Yes

FamilySearch Affiliate Library

Gain access to over 350 million restricted images when you log into your free FamilySearch account inside the library.

From home you can still log in to access FamilySearch's free resources.

No

Fold3

Provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served. (Guided Tour)

Yes

HeritageQuest

Includes genealogies, local histories, primary source materials and genealogical and local history serials, including PERSI. An ongoing project, this database continues to grow and includes materials from all over the world.

Yes

Historic Map Works

This high quality, full color digital collection of historic maps is one of the most extensive available. The core of the collection consists of over 1.5 million maps of the United States and the world.

Yes

Illinois Digital Archive

St. Charles, Kane County and Illinois local history documents, maps and photos.

Yes

Kane County Chronicle

KaneCountyChronicle

Full-text coverage beginning in July 2004 to Current.

Yes

Local Historical Newspapers

Searchable database of local digital microfilm 1842-1993

Yes

Local Newspaper Index

The Newspaper Index is a selective index of articles published in the Kane County Chronicle and the St. Charles Republican newspapers from 1986 to the present. The full text of these articles is available at the Library in print, online or microfilm.

Yes

Los Angeles Times Historical Edition

Historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Coverage from 1881 to 1994.

Yes

MyHeritage Library Edition

One of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind, including:

  • More than 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other region
  • The full USA federal census (1790-1940) with images
  • Census of England and Wales (1841-1901) with images
  • Military records, immigration records and passenger lists
  • Citizenship & naturalization records
Yes

New York Times Historical Edition

Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. This collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Yes

Newsstream

Search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

Yes

Sanborn Maps, Illinois

Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town from 1867-1970. The maps list street blocks and building numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers.

Yes

Wall Street Journal Historical Edition

Historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time from 1889-2000.

Yes

Washington Post Historical Edition

Provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Coverage from 1877 to 2001.

Yes