Illinois Genealogy Trails

Societies and Associations of Cook County


Chicago and Northwestern Historical Society

Chicago Genealogical Society

Chicago Historical Society

Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois

Polish Roots
- The Polish Genealogy Source



Libraries of Cook County

 

Chicago Public Library

Newberry Library

University of Chicago Center for Research Libraries -
mailing address is
6050 South Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-2804

Winnetka Public Library
768 Oak Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-7220

University of Illinois
Chicago Imagebase

 

Evanston Public Library

South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society
3000 W. 170th Pl., Hazel Crest, IL. 60429 - 1174
(708) 335-3340
Containing over 11,000 books serving south Cook and east Will counties




Family History Centers in Northern Illinois

(Always call to confirm hours and locations)

Buffalo Grove Family History Center
15 Port Clinton Road (Corner of Prairie & Port Clinton Roads)
1-847-913-5387
Hours: Wed and Thu: 10:00am-2:00pm and 7:00pm-9:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday

Chicago Heights Family History Center
402 Longwood Drive
1-708-756-1280
Hours: Tues., Thur. 11:00am-4:00pm
Thur. 6:30pm-9:30pm, Sat. 9:00am-1:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Crystal Lake Family History Center
5209 North Walkup Avenue
1-815-459-7475
Hours: Tues., Wed. 7:00pm-9:30pm, Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday and Friday

Hyde Park/Ryan Woods Family History Center
5200 South University Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
1-773-493-1830
Every other Wed. evening 6:00-9:00pm, Sat. 9:00am-12:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday-Wednesday, Friday

Joliet Family History Center
655 Springfield Avenue
1-815-725-8621
Tues. 6:00pm-9:00pm, Thurs 7:00pm-9:00pm, Sat . 9:00am-12:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Naperville Family History Center
1320 or 25W341 Ridgeland Road (same location)
1-630-505-0233
Hours: Tues.-Thur. 9:00am-9:00pm, Fri.-Sat. 9:00am-4:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday

Orland Park Family History Center
13150 South 88th Avenue
1-708-361-5474
Wed. 12:00pm-4:00pm, Tues.-Thur. 6:30pm-9:30pm
Thur. and Sat. 10:00am-2:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, Friday

Schaumburg Family History Center
1320 West Schaumburg Road
1-847-885-4130
Hours: Tues. 9:00am-9:30pm, Wed 9:00am-4:00pm, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Thur. 9:00am-9:30pm, Sat. 9:00am-1:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday and Friday
Closed: July, Thanksgiving week, 2 weeks over Christmas & New Years

Wilmette Family History Center
2727 Lake Avenue
1-847-251-9818
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 10:00am-3:00pm, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Sat. 9:00am-1:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, Friday


IRAD Information for Cook County

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Ronald Williams Library
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
Telephone: (773) 442-4506

Hours: Monday Friday (except state holidays) 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.




 City Directory Info

 

Where to Write for Records

Our transcriptions are here

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (aka Illinois State Historical Library)
has City Directories for the following years:


1839 - 1843 - 1844 - 1845 - 1846 - 1846 - 1846 - 1847 - 1847 - 1848 - 1849 - 1850 - 1851 - 1852 - 1853 - 1853/1854 - 1854/1855 - 1855 - 1855/1856 - 1856 - 1856/1857 - 1858 - 1859 - 1859/1860 - 1860 - 1860/1861 - 1862/1862 - 1863/1864 - 1865/1865 - 1866/1866 - 1867/1867 - 1868/1868 - 1869/1869 - 1870/1871 - 1872 - 1873 - 1874/1875 - 1875/1876 - 1876/1877 - 1877/1878 - 1878/1879 - 1879 - 1880 - 1881 - 1882 - 1883 - 1884 - 1885 - 1886 - 1887 - 1888 - 1889 -1890 -1891 - 1892 - 1894 -1901 - 1902 - 1904 - 1905 - 1910 - 1911 - 1912 - 1913 - 1914 - 1915 - 1916 - 1917 - 1923 - 1928 -1929

They also have Chicago city telephone directories from 1883-1971 (alpha and classified) and "Suburban Chicago" telephone directories 1920-1971 (alpha only).

 

The Cook County Clerk has a very informative website. They do distinguish between records for genealogical purposes and regular certified records.

The Cook County Clerk's Office main website is at http://www.cookctyclerk.com
Click on Vital Records for records information

Note: The early marriage licenses from Cook County (Chicago), or really anyplace in Illinois, don't include parents' names ... usually just the name and age of the bride and groom, the date and place of the marriage (sometimes a church name is given), and the name of the person who performed the ceremony.
"Early" is defined as pre-1870, though you may get lucky.

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