Chicago Genealogy Resources

Chicago Genealogy by Family Tree VideoAre your ancestors from Chicago or the Chicago area? Are you looking to learn more about your family history? Below are 10 Chicago Genealogy Resources that may help you discover more about your family history.

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The Chicago Genealogical Society is a not-for-profit educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and perpetuating the records of people who contributed in any way to the establishment of Chicago and its surrounding area.
Visit Cook County Clerk’s Bureau of Vital Records to find Historical Cook County, Illinois vital records. Search more than 8 million genealogy Birth, Marriage and Death records.
The Newberry Library has been collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887. Staff can help you explore the Newberry’s rich collections of family histories; local histories; censuses, probate, deed, court, tax, and cemetery records; military rosters; periodicals; genealogical guides; and reference works. Genealogy classes are also offered as well.
The National Archives at Chicago has both a Microfilm Research Room and an Archival Research Room with extensive microfilm holdings for genealogy research and general historical interest.
Chicago Genealogy is a fee based organization that offers assistance in locating birth, death and marriage certificates, obituaries, census data, church records, city directory pages, and associated family history resources.
The Chicago History Museum Research Center has a number of resources that can help in researching Chicago family history, although they do not collect standard genealogical sources.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors.
Jewish Genealogy lists organization’s, institutions, and museums in Chicagoland.
This webpage lists places you can find Chicago genealogy records and sources online. Be aware that some records were lost in the Chicago fire of 1871. However, other resources, like the Sam Fink Index, can sometimes be helpful in the pre-1871 period for Chicago genealogy research.
Online Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records & Indexes. A Genealogy Guide for Finding Death Certificates, Obituaries & Other Records

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While these Chicago genealogical resources are a great way to learn about your family history, a parent or grandparent’s memories may be even better.

For questions to ask your parent or grandparent to learn more about their life story and your family history, check out my post ’25 Legacy Questions’.

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