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Genealogy Group

Local genealogists share their tips on doing research. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 1 - 3 p.m. View the 2015 schedule. If you are unable to attend a meeting, check the IPGG blog for copies of handouts from the programs.


Family History Library Microfilm

Order microfilm online from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and ship it directly to Indian Prairie Public Library, a Family History Library Affiliate.



Ancestry Library Edition is a premier genealogy resource. Includes U.S. Census records, immigration files, plus much more. In library use only.

Chicago Area Newspapers contains the full text of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present, plus The Doings, Suburban Life, Daily Herald, SouthtownStar, and much more.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archives contains the full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1985. Browse front pages by date, search obituaries by name, and explore the news archive by date, era, or presidency.

HeritageQuest Online is a genealogy and local history collection with access to the federal census 1790-1940, PERSI, Revolutionary War files, Freedman's Bank Records, and more.


General Sites

Census records, slave data, and other sources for those researching ancestors of African descent. has over 2,500 genealogical databases available. Some of the databases are free; others are part of Ancestry's paid subscription service to individuals. Ancestry Library Edition has many of the same databases found in

Free access to the largest genealogy collection in the world with millions of digitized records.

National Archives
Visit the National Archives' genealogy page for information about its census, naturalization, immigration, and military records.

Genuki: UK and Ireland Genealogy
Use Genuki to research your English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestors.

NCHS - Where to Write for Vital Records
Use the National Center for Health Statistics' free website to find out how to order vital records (birth, death, marriage) from state vital records offices.

JewishGen ShtetlSeeker Search the database containing the names of all the localities of Central and Eastern Europe; plus localities of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Great resource for people researching Eastern European ancestors.

A great site for the "armchair" genealogist. Search the volunteer-maintained county pages to learn about local genealogical resources and records.

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Illinois & Chicagoland Resources

CAGGNI-Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois
Check out great genealogy tips, links and a guide to regional genealogy library resources around the Chicago area.

Cook County Genealogy Online
Search for birth certificates (75 years or older), marriage licenses (50 years or older) and death certificates (20 years or older). Free registration required.

DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society
Search a variety of genelogical databases for DuPage County.

Illinois State Archives Online Databases
Search across databases including statewide marriages, military records and land sales.

Linkpendium-Illinois Genealogy and Family History
Check out hundreds of Illinois and county-specific genealogical websites.

A Look at Cook
Indexes of Cook County U.S. censuses from 1870-1940. Also links to the Chicago Historical Society's Polk directories for 1928-1929 and 1909 and 1911 Chicago street name changes.

Naperville Family History Center
Research assistance, classes, and access to many fee-based databases via the Family History Center portal.

Newberry Library
Before you visit the Newberry, read about their genealogy resources and collection guides.

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Immigration & Ship Passenger Records

Ancestry Library Edition's “Immigration & Travel Collection”
(In library use only) Includes New York Passenger Lists, Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., Passport Applications, Hamburg Passenger Lists, and much more.

Die MAUS: Family History and Genealogical Society of Bremen--Bremen Passenger Lists
Search the 3,017 departure records from Bremen for 1920--1939--all other lists from Bremen were destroyed in WW II. The Bremen Lists also contain the names of many Slovak immigrants.

Library and Archives Canada
Explore the Canadian Archives' digitized passenger lists from 1865 to 1935. Lists are organized by port and date of arrival. These lists are also available through Ancestry Library Edition which allows you to search the lists by name.
Search eleven million records of immigrants who passed through the U.S.’s first official immigration center from 1820 to 1892.

Danish Emigration Archives
Includes transcriptions of 394,000 emigration records from 1869 to 1908 compiled by the Copenhagen Police.

Digital Resources Netherlands and Belgium
Select Passenger Lists from the left side menu for links to free websites of departure lists from the Netherlands and Belgium. The lists are divided into records up to 1736 and after 1736.

Ellis Island
Search the index of immigrants who came through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924 for free. [You must register and pay to view the full record.] Or use Stephen Morse's easy one-step search form to search the Ellis Island database
Search the Migration & Naturalization Collection for immigration related records.

Find Your Roots in Germany
Select “Passenger Lists” from the menu for a comprehensive guide to online and print sources, including the Bremen and Hamburg lists.

German Roots
Click on “Emigration & Immigration Records” for a detailed list of ports and their records, tips on finding records offline as well as a wonderful introduction to NARA’s passenger lists holdings. The site has many helpful links for German genealogical sources.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
Search over 5,000 ship passenger lists by date, ship name, port of arrival and by surname.

National Archives
Visit NARA's genealogy page to discover what immigration records NARA owns including ship passenger lists.

Norway Heritage
Find information on ships, passenger departure lists from 1825 to 1925, and passenger arrivals published in U.S. newspapers.

Olive Tree Genealogy
Search over 2, 500 transcribed ship passenger lists for free.

The Ships List
Locate passenger lists as well as information about steamship lines.

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Naturalization Records

Ancestry Library Edition "Immigration & Travel" Collection
(In library use only) Includes Citizenship & Naturalization database, Passenger Lists, and U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, and more.

Search the “Migration & Naturalization" collection for citizenship and naturalization records.

National Archives
Learn more about the naturalization process as well as what citizenship records are available through NARA and its regional facilities.

Online Searchable Naturalization Indexes and Records
The German Roots website provides an excellent guide to understanding and locating naturalization records.

United States Citizenship and Information Services
The USCIS has naturalization files from 1906 to 1956. Download the Genealogy brochure for information on how to request records.

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Death & Cemetery Records

Find a Grave
Search 105 million volunteer-transcribed grave records by surname or by cemetery. Entries may include names, birth and death dates, and possibly a photo of the deceased.
Search records of 1,800 cemeteries worldwide by location or by burial record. Also has links to obituaries online.

Search the last 30 days of obituaries taken from 800 U.S. newspapers for free.
Free indexes to U.S. newspaper obituaries. You can pay to view the full text of the obituary or inquire at the Ask Us Desk about borrowing microfilm of the newspaper containing the obituary.

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records (USA)
Handy directory to websites with online death indexes.

RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times
Volunteers "adopt" a newspaper for which they index the published obituaries. To decipher the newspaper abbreviation used in the entry, click on "Back to the Obituary Times" link, and then click on "Publication List."

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Obituary Index, 1972-2014

A searchable index of obituaries (.pdf)) of people who resided in Burr Ridge, Darien or Willowbrook. The index also includes obituaries of individuals whose funeral servies were held in Burr Ridge, Darien or Willowbrook. Gaps exist in the index due to missing newspaper issues. The index is updated throughout the year, but published annually online.

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