Online Local History & Genealogy Resources

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Historic Elburn Newspapers

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

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