Illinois Genealogy Resources
Chicago and Cook County
- Chicago Ancestors.
Using Google Maps as its base, the Newberry library has mapped
the location of churches, homicide statistics, Chicago
neighborhood information, photos and more. Information on the
- Church locations for Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches along with information on where to access the church records.
- Locations of schools whose yearbooks are held by The Newberry Library or the Chicago History Museum.
- Bibliographies for each of Chicago's 77 community areas.
- Homicide records covering 1912-1917 and eventually will include 1910-1930.
- Photos of Chicago buildings.
Chicago City Council Proceedings Files, 1833–1871
Chicago Police Department Homicide Record, 1870–1930 The
Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) in Chicago created
this index of Chicago homicide victims.
Cook County Assessor's Office: Property Search Search by
property index number and property class.
Cook County Coroner's Inquest Record Index, 1872–1911.
Created by IRAD. Lists coroner's inquests, which are
investigations of deaths under criminal or suspicious
Genealogy Online. Online birth, death and marriage
records available online from the Cook County Clerk's Office.
- Cook County, Illinois - Free Public Records Links.
Subscription database that offers resources to Cook County
researchers: Chicago's Irish Families Database (late 19th
and early 20th century obituaries, gravestone transcriptions,
church records, and published biographical resources);
Chicago Voters Registration for 1888 to 1890 and 1892
(Chicago, Lake View, Hyde Park, and Town of Lake, includes
names, addresses, nativity, and naturalization status);
Chicago Obituaries (Obituaries from Chicago Sun Times,
1988-1995 and Chicago Tribune, 1988-1997); and
Notable Digitized Books.
Online. Subscription site available through libraries that
offers census records and a large collection of digitized books.
- OCLC First Search. An online subscription service to academic databases in science, humanities, business, and other subjects. These are available through some libraries. OCLC also offers WorldCat, a database of library holdings around the world. Most large public libraries and academic libraries belong to WorldCat and offer it on their public access computers.