GENERAL INFORMATION

General Information (217) 524 7216
Reference (217) 524 6358
Newspapers on microfilm (217) 785 7941
Appointments are necessary for Manuscripts, Audiovisual, and the Lincoln Collection.

The Historical Library is located beneath the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield, between Fifth and Sixth and Washington and Adams streets. Parking is available in the public garage beneath the Old State Capitol Plaza. Because the Historical Library is a research institution, material must be used in the Library. The staff will provide photocopies of specifically designated material (subject to the provisions of the U. S. copyright law) from the printed, manuscript, newspaper, and photograph collections. There is a charge for photocopies and a limit may be imposed. Newspapers and other material on microfilm and selected books may be borrowed on interlibrary loan through any local public, college, or university library. Holdings of the Illinois State Historical Library are included on Rolling Prairie Library System online catalog, OCLC, an on _line catalog of library holdings worldwide, and on ILLINET Online.

The Illinois State Historical Library holds printed and published resources that are useful to genealogical researchers. These resources include material on most Illinois counties, with the amount and depth of information varying from county to county. The printed and published materials which are useful for genealogical research include: family genealogies; county histories, atlases and plat books; census schedule indexes and/or particular county transcriptions of enumeration records; cemetery inscriptions; and birth, death, naturalization and marriage transcritions and/or indexes.  The Library does NOT hold any census schedules in any format.

LOCATION AND HOURS

The Historical Library is located beneath the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield, between Fifth and Sixth and Washington and Adams streets. Parking is available in the public garage beneath the Old State Capitol Plaza. The mailing address is Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL 62701 1507; telephone (217) 524 7216. The Library is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except State holidays.

REQUESTS FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

Illinois Residents

Cost: Illinois residents free Limited to: One family (husband/wife/children) in one county Send: SASE (Legal sized, self addressed, stamped envelope) to:

Reference Dept.
Illinois State Historical Library
Old State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62701

The Illinois State Historical Library staff will research ONE family (husband/wife/children) in ONE county. Provide as much information as you can, including place of residence (county, city, township), time period in question, and full name (i.e., first, middle initial or name, and last name including maiden name, if appropriate and known). Do NOT send family group sheets, charts, pedigrees, etc. when making your request. The Illinois State Historical Library will honor only one family search per letter. Do NOT send additional queries until your initial query is answered. Please be patient. The Library receives scores of requests and each request requires thorough research and the composition of a written reply.

E mail requests are NOT accepted. You will be sent a bill for any photocopying that the Library does at the rate of $0.25 per photocopy, plus postage.

The sources used to conduct this search are the following published materials, if available:

This search DOES NOT include searches of Illinois newspapers, including obituary searches. Newspaper searches are available for a separate fee from our Newspaper/Microfilm Department.  The Illinois State Librabry does not provide searches (except newspaper searches) of Cook County materials, since they do not own an extensive collection of Cook County published sources for genealogical research.

Non Illinois Residents

Cost: Non Illinois residents $10.00 (Make checks payable to Illinois State Historical Library) Limited to: One family (husband/wife/children) in one county Includes: Up to 10 photocopied pages Send: SASE (Legal sized, self addressed, stamped envelope) with check to:

Reference Dept.
Illinois State Historical Library
Old State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62701

A $10 NON REFUNDABLE fee will be charged to research ONE family (husband/wife/children) in ONE county. Provide as much information as you can, including place of residence (county, city, township), time period in question, and full name (i.e., first, middle initial or name, and last name including maiden name, if appropriate and known). Do NOT send family group sheets, charts, pedigrees, etc. when making your request. The Illinois State Historical Library will honor only ONE family search per letter. Do NOT send additional queries until your initial query is answered. Please be patient. The Library receives scores of requests and each request requires thorough research. E mail requests are NOT accepted.

The library will provide up to 10 photocopied pages of information if appropriate and if available.

The sources used to conduct this search are the following published materials, if available:

This search DOES NOT include searches of Illinois newspapers, including obituary searches. Newspaper searches are available for a separate fee from our Newspaper/Microfilm Department.  The Illinois State Librabry does not provide searches (except newspaper searches) of Cook County materials, since they do not own an extensive collection of Cook County published sources for genealogical research.

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM

The Library has an extensive collection of Illinois newspapers at least one title for every county in the state. Some issues date to the early nineteenth century. Newspapers are especially useful for locating information about local events. For a listing of the Library's holdings see Newspapers in the Illinois State Historical Library (1998), or a recent edition of the U.S. Library of Congress' Newspapers in Microfilm: U.S. Titles of the newspapers are included on OCLC, an on line catalog of library holdings worldwide, and on Illinet Online. Researchers may borrow newspapers on microfilm through interlibrary loan.

NEWSPAPER SEARCH POLICY

Since the library newspapers are not indexed, all search requests must include specific information for a search to be performed. Those specifics include the full name(s), exact date (day, month, and year), and exact location (city and county) of the occurrence. If such information is unavailable and you live in the continental United States, you may borrow newspaper microfilm on interlibrary loan through your local library to do your own research. Each search consists of looking for articles on one occurrence (obituary notice, birth announcement, marriage announcement, etc.) for one person.

Each letter must be accompanied by a self addressed, stamped, business sized envelope. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Illinois State Historical Library. A response will be sent for successful and unsuccessful searches. Do not send a second letter until you have received a response to your first.

Illinois Residents: A non refundable copy fee of $1.00 must accompany each letter. Each letter must be limited to no more than two (2) search requests.

Non Illinois Residents: A non refundable fee of $10.00 per search must accompany each search request. Each letter is limited to no more than four (4) search requests.