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Genealogy Help

Tracing your family tree? Begin here.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has branches around the nation where genealogy researchers can view microfilms and microfiche. All are welcome, free of charge. To find a nearby center and its hours, search by zip code using the locator.

Area Genealogical Research Centers

Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

The Allen County Library's Genealogy Center has one of the largest research collections available. Staff specialize in genealogy and are available to help.


Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 N. Dunton Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910

The library has a genealogy and local history collection in the Kathrine Shackley Room. It is staffed by volunteers to assist patrons with family research.


Cook Memorial Public Library, Cook Park location

413 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL

Cook Library has a collection of books for beginning genealogists. Research materials are located in the Genealogy Reference area (Cook Park location, lower level) with a concentration in DAR/Revolutionary War and immigration from Germany, and microfilm of the local Independent Register newspaper obituaries back to 1894. The library regularly hosts a Genealogy Networking Group.


Lake County Genealogical Society

Vernon Hills Village Hall
290 Evergreen Cr.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

The society's research facility is located in the lower level of the Vernon Hills Village Hall. It is staffed by volunteers, so please call (847-918-3584) before visiting.


Newberry Library

60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610

The Newberry Library has an extensive genealogical collection, especially for pre-twentieth century sources. It has military records, local histories, state historical, and genealogical journals.