Downers Grove, DuPage, & Illinois Genealogy
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Ancestry Library Edition
Search 4,000 genealogical and local history databases.
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
Full text of newspaper 1849 – 1987.
A project of the Newberry Library, use this website to find and share historical information about Chicago.
Coming of Age - Downers Grove 1830s to the 21st Century
Unique Downers Grove sources available at the library for local history and genealogy.
Cook County Genealogy
Index to vital records of Cook County. Search for birth certificates 75 years or older, marriage licenses 50 years or older, and death certificates 20 years or older.
Downers Grove Historical Society
Includes photos and video about Downers Grove history as well as information about the Historical Society.
Downers Grove and Lisle Township Cemetery Index
Indexes to numerous cemeteries in the two townships.
DuPage County Genealogical Society
Links to information compiled by the DCGS.
Complete text of the 1985 DuPage County history book published by the DuPage County Historical Society.
A list of books to help beginning genealogists trace their family history.
Local history and genealogy research source.
Illinois Digital Archives
Collection of digital images of books, records, and other archival materials from organizations and libraries around Illinois.
Illinois Genealogy Trails
Links to free genealogical sites organized by county.
Illinois State Archives
Search all the databases from the Illinois State Archives: Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916; Illinois Death Certificate Index, 1916 – 1950; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763 – 1900; Illinois Veterans; Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD).
NARA's Great Lakes Region (Chicago)
National Archives and Records Administration.
Provides more than 10.5 million obituaries and death notices from seven top U.S. newspapers. Search for obituaries from sources such as the Chicago Tribune (1852-1984), New York Times (1851-1994) and Los Angeles Times (1881-1984).
Tracing the History of Your House
A guide to tracing the history of your house.