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.

Association of Professional Genealogists

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

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.

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.

FamilySearch.org

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

Findagrave.com

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

Google Books

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

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.

Legacy.com

Legacy.com is an online obituary service.

Linkpendium

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

MapofUS.org

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

Old Maps Online

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

Refdesk.com

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

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:

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.

Roots-L

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

Obituary Daily Times

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

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.

WeRelate.org

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

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.

State, Local & National Resources

Aurora Historical Society

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Batavia Historical Society/Depot Museum

Aurora Public Library

Batavia History

Batavia Public Library

Elgin History Museum

Big Rock Public Library

Fox Valley Genealogical Society

DeKalb Public Library

Geneva History Center                                                                    

Gail Borden Public Library

Illinois State Genealogical Society                                                           

Illinois State Archives                                                                        

Illinois State Library

Illinois Historic Preservation Society

Joiner History Room

Kane County Genealogical Society                                                  

The Newberry

Kaneville Historical Society                                                             

Regional History Center NIU

St. Charles Heritage Center                                                              

Sangamon Valley Collection

Sugar Grove Historical Society                                                        

Sycamore Public Library

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.

Historical Collection Research Request Form

Completion of the Research Request Form is required. Research requests will not be accepted via phone.

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