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The Town and Country Public Library is pleased to offer local history and genealogy resources. Materials pertaining to local businesses, local school information, and extensive photograph collection, maps and plat surveys and 3-D artifacts are just some of the items available. Genealogy resources are also available including cemetery records, obituaries, Kane County Court and Probate records and historic Elburn newspapers on microfilm and online.

Access to the collection and related research services are available by appointment only. Please contact Amy Vidlak Girmscheid at agirmscheid@elburn.lib.il.us to make an appointment.

FamilySearch.Org

FamilySearch.org houses the largest library of free genealogy records with over 3.3 billion records and over 12 billion names.

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Fold3 Historical Military Records

Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and documents of those who served in the military.

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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition provides patrons instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogy an historical research. Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the U. S. Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more! Ancestry Library Edition is not for home use. To access this database, please ask for more information at the library.

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Findmypast: Build Your Family Tree

With Findmypast you’ll gain access to our ever-expanding collections of over 2 billion historical records from around the world, including US censuses from as far back as 1790, the largest collection of Irish records anywhere online, and US military records from the Revolutionary War up to World War II.

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America’s GenealogyBank

America’s GenealogyBank has 7,000+ historical newspapers include letters, speeches, opinion pieces, advertisements, hometown news, photographs, illustrations and more. These unique primary documents go beyond names and dates, providing first-hand accounts that simply aren’t available from census or vital records alone.

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HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogy sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. It delivers an essential collection of genealogy and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

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Kane County Chronicle

This convenient, unlimited online access to local news provides patrons with an extensive, relevant record of emerging and ongoing Kane County issues, unmatched by any other media source. This online subscription allows patrons and library staff to save time and find the information they need, as well as browse, print, save and email articles.

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Historic Elburn Newspapers

This collection contains local newspaper issues dating back to the 1800’s.

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History Keepers

History Keepers is a volunteer group dedicated to promoting and supporting local history and genealogy initiatives at the Town and Country Public Library.

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Local History & Genealogy Collections

The Town and Country Public Library is pleased to offer local history and genealogy resources. Check out our extensive local history collection.

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Local History & Genealogy Services

The Historical Collection offers a wealth of information and research services for individuals interested in obtaining genealogy and or historical data.

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The Elburn Oral History Project

Begun in 1973, the Elburn Oral History Project documents the memories and stories of past and present residents of the Elburn area. Contribute your story!

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Free Local History & Genealogy Resources

Access Genealogy

Access Genealogy has been online since 1999. What started out as a small 50 page website has evolved over the years to one of the leading websites in providing free genealogy. With over 240,000 links it is also one of the largest directories of genealogy websites found online.

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Association of Professional Genealogists

Association of Professional Genealogists helps you locate and contact a professional genealogist.

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Cindy’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Cindy’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet is one of the most comprehensive lists of genealogy websites. Organized according to  categories, this site offers easy access to thousands of links. This is a great starting point for any genealogy researcher.

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Ellis Island Records Ellis Island Records

Ellis Island Records Ellis Island Records contains a searchable database of over 22 million names of immigrants, passengers, and crew members that came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York from 1892 to 1924. The transcriptions were done by volunteers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org provides access to Family history and genealogy records through the Church of the Latter-Day Saints.

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Findagrave.com

Findagrave.com is an online database containing millions of burial records world-wide.

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Google Books

Google Books provides full-text access to millions of books in the public domain.

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Immigrant Ships Transcriber’s Guild

Immigrant Ships Transcriber’s Guild includes sites to research emigration, immigration and, naturalization, passenger list sites, ethnic research, libraries and archives, passenger ship types, descriptions, and images as well as additional worldwide maritime information.

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Legacy.com

Legacy.com is an online obituary service.

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Linkpendium

Linkpendium lets you search up to 2.5 million pages of free genealogy data with a single search.

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MapofUS.org

Maps of Us offers maps of the United States for the purchase of genealogy research.

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Old Maps Online

Old Maps Online is a great resource for local and world maps.

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Refdesk.com

Refdesk.com provides links to the top 70 internet sites related to family history.

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RootsWeb

RootsWeb is the Internet’s oldest and largest free genealogy web site and contains millions of names and genealogies. RootsWeb also hosts other databases and projects:

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RootsWeb Surname List

RootsWeb Surname List is a list of surnames. Associated with each surname are dates, locations (showing migration), and information about how to contact the person who submitted the information.

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Roots-L

Roots-L is a free list serve/mailing list for people interested in genealogy.

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Obituary Daily Times

Obituary Daily Times contains an index to over 8 million obituaries in North America.

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The USGenWeb

U.S. Genealogy Web Project is a massive website run by volunteers. There is a website for each of the 3,125 counties in the United States. These county pages contain county histories, biographies, census, cemetery, marriage, birth, and bible records, and lists of local newspapers, among other things.

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WeRelate.org

WeRelate.org is the world’s largest genealogy wiki.

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World GenWeb Projects

World GenWeb Projects is divided into fifteen world regions arranged by country and usually run by someone living in that country. Each country is divided into individual provinces, states, or counties (terms vary depending on locale).

You can search these sites to find maps, how-to information, history, translation help, vital records, passenger ship lists, property records, other useful information, and to make contacts with people living in the country you are researching.

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State, National, & Local Resources

LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

Kane County Genealogy Online provides online access to thousands of birth, marriage, death records from Kane County Illinois dating from 1836

DeKalb County Clerk’s Office provides online access to thousands of birth, marriage, and death records from DeKalb County Illinois.

NATIONAL RESOURCES

Allen County Library is one of the largest genealogy departments in the United States. Allen County Library boasts family histories, census records, passenger lists, military records, Native American records, African-American sources for various states and countries.

Bureau of Land Management  contains two million land patents and provides live database access to federal land conveyance records for thirty-two states issued between 1820 and 1908. This does not include the original thirteen colonies, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Hawaii. Land patents document the transfer of land ownership from the federal government to individuals.

Library of Congress, Local History and Genealogy Room services are described. Online catalog link is here.

National Archives and Records Administration provides information about many of the finding aids, guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to one of their facilities or for requesting records from NARA. The site contains information about the federal census, court records, military records, naturalization records, visa, alien registrations, and some passport records, African-American, and Native American materials. You can find a guide to the records that have been microfilmed by NARA. These films can sometimes be borrowed from your Family History Center or purchased from the National Archives.

Vital Records Information: The United States provides information on obtaining birth, death, marriage and divorce records from agencies in states and counties. Includes years for which records are available, associated fees for obtaining records and links to foreign vital records and adoption resources.


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