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Link Categories
(Sites with online data)
Please Email me if a link doesn't work

Click on a category to see what links to online data are available

Biographical Links

Cemetery-Related Links

Census Links

Chicago-Specific Historical Links

Ethnic Sites

Family Genealogical Websites dealing with Cook County

General Cook County Links
("How-to" sites, Maps, etc)

Government, Society, Library and Association Websites

Newspaper Links

Religion and Church-related


Links to Online Vital Records

Biographical Links

Al Capone - A nice history presented by the Chicago Historical Society - with mug shots!

Al Capone - 29 chapters of nothing but Al - presented by Court TV's Crime Library

Illinois Biographies Project:
Cook County Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County, Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended (Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895)

Cemetery-Related Links

Chicago Cemetery Photos - Search by surname or by cemetery. All photos (very graphic-intensive)

Graveyards of Chicago

Haunted Chicago - The Ghosts & Haunted Places of the Windy City.
[I hesitated to add this link, but often these types of websites mention the history of the place in question, often naming individuals - ghostly or otherwise]

Roster of the
Four Hundred and Five Ex-Confederate Soldiers whose remains were buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Chicago, IL

Census Links

1870 Census of the Orphanage in Lakeview

1880 Census for
Chicago Protestant Orphan Asylum for Homeless Children

1880 Census for
St. Joseph's Orphan Asylum in Chicago

1900 Census Info for
Chicago Nursery & Half Orphans' Asylum, North Town, Chicago, Cook County
Chicago Orphan Asylum, Cook County
Children's Temple Home, North Town, Cook County
Englewood Infant Nursery, Lakewood Twp., Cook County
Epworth Children's Home, Cook County
Foundlings Home, West Town, Chicago, Cook County
Illinois Masonic Orphans' Home, Cook County
Norwegian Lutheran Children's Home, Cook County
Orphan Asylum, Auburn Park, Cook County
St. Anthony's Hospital & Orphanage, West Town, Cook County
St. Joseph's Orphan Asylum, Southtown, Chicago, Cook County
St. Mary's Home for Children, West Town, Cook County
St. Mary's Mission House (Episcopal), West Town, Cook County
St. Vincent's Infant Asylum, Cook County
St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum & St. Joseph's Home (old folks home), Cook County
Uhlich's Orphan Asylum, North Town, Cook County

1900 Census of the
Chicago Home for Jewish Orphans, 34th Ward, Chicago, Hyde Park Township Cook County, Illinois, A.D. 1900

1920 Chicago Census for the
unnamed orphanage in Morgan Park on Prospect Ave, Chicago

Chicago-Specific Historical Links

1893 World's Columbian Exposition - held in Chicago

A Century of Progress - 1933-1934 - Chicago's World Fair
Chicago Black Sox - 1919 World Series Scandal

Chicago Genealogy
- at the Newberry Library

Chicagology - This website is broken down by eras of Chicago history: Early Chicago, The Great Fire, The Golden Age, The Columbian Exposition, Sears. Lots of pictures if you have the patience to wait for them! The site is super slow to load.

Chicago State Hospital - Pictures from 1902-1933. Courtesy of the Chicago Daily News

The Chicago Fire - presented by the Chicago Historical Society

Ethnic Links

Chicago Jewish Marriages from the Sinai Congregation in Chicago - This is a database of information on 526 marriages, contained in two small books with handwritten notations attributed to Rabbi Bernhard Felsenthal. Title: Marriage records, Sinai Congregation, Chicago, IL, records entered from 1861-1905. Compiled by Fran Loeb Luebke

Chicago Jewish Obituary Database - This is a database of over 8,800 obituary notices presented by the Jewish Gen organization for the Chicago, Illinois area, compiled by Richard Hoffman and covering December 1994 through September 1998

Pointers in Person - Chicago Chapter of POINT (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together). A list of all Chicago churches, with addresses and links to the corresponding records in the FHL catalog can be found here, along with other info.

Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915 - Presented by The Polish Genealogical Society of America. This is just the index which contains names of both spouses, the date of the marriage, the parish location and town where the marriage took place and citation data (volume, page, etc...). Once you find your folks in this index, you can order the microfilm containing the actual record through your local LDS.

View the
other databases the Polish Genealogical Society of America has online

Family Genealogical Websites

-- None at the moment --
[If a site is selling something, we prefer not to link to it]

General Cook County Links
("How-to" sites, Maps, etc)

Early Cook County Roads (
pg. 1 and pg. 2) presented by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Chicago Street Name Changes - Compiled by Daniel E. Niemiec or Read the Chicago Historical Society's 1948 version (.pdf file - long download time)

Government, Society, Library and Association Websites

Cook County Assessor's Office - Plug in an address, get a picture of the house. See where your ancestors actually lived (as long as the house is still standing). Churches, and other institutions who do not pay taxes, are not included.

Clerk of the Circuit Court -
Archives Department - Explanation of what they have from when. Count on everything prior to the Chicago Fire being destroyed. Their "Holdings" page is here. These 2 pages work, but some of the other links don't - click on them, go to the page, then get whisked away to another page before you can finish reading. Maybe they'll iron out the website kinks....

South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society covers the townships of Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Lemont, Orland, Palos, Rich, Thornton, and Worth in the southern part of Cook County, Illinois, as well as the Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods of the city of Chicago. They now have a catalog search engine

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists - focus on history and genealogy in Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights and surrounding suburbs

Newberry Library

Chicago Public Library -

Chicago Genealogical Society

Chicago Historical Society

Obtaining Masonic records - Illinois Masonic records can be obtained by writing to:

Office of Grand Secretary
PO Box 4147
Springfield, Il 62708
Phone: 217-529-8900, 8:30 am until 4:00 pm weekdays.
Their e-mail address is:

They will do genealogy research as time permits. Send as much information, lodge, year, etc. as possible.

Newspaper Links

"Vital Records from Chicago Newspapers 1833 - 1848" - presented by the
Chicago Genealogical Society Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933. Presented by the Chicago Historical Society. Click here for the index to the pictures available, arranged by subject

Religion and Church-related links - Find the churches within an individual town/city

Archdiocese of Chicago's Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives & Records Center.
711 West Monroe
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 831- 0711
Fax: (312) 831- 0610
Vice chancellor E-mail:

Genealogical Information Guide: "The Archdiocese of Chicago's Archives & Records Center welcomes genealogical researchers. However, genealogical research is confined to records prior to December 31, 1915, unless searching for his/her own records. In addition, Pre-1916 records are available for research on microfilm. For records from still existing parishes, please contact the parish, since these records remain with that church. The archives holds only records of parishes which have closed, and the earliest books of Old St. Mary's and St. Elizabeth's. A complete list of these is available upon request."

Names & Addresses of Chicago Churches - presented by POINTERS IN PERSON


Parker High School Class of 1922 Pictures - Courtesy of

Proviso East High School's Bataan WWII Commerative Research Project

Online Vital Records

Illinois Archives Databases - Marriages and Deaths

Online Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records & Indexes

And well, you can't really have a links page and then not include the biggest genealogy link site there is

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