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A guide to researching family history at the Chicago History Museum's Research Center
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Finding Your Chicago Ancestors - Grace DuMelle
Call Number: F548.25 .D86 2004 REFERENCE
Publication Date: 2005


Getting Started

The Research Center has a number of resources that can help in researching Chicago family history, although we do not collect standard genealogical sources.

We have material that helps researchers searching for ancestors who lived in Chicago. For other genealogical resources, see the locations named below.


Libraries & Archives

Researchers may wish to consult these other libraries and archives as well.

National Archives at Chicago
Historical records from 1800 to the 1990s for the Midwest, including genealogical resources.

The Newberry Library
Independent research library noted for its genealogy and local history resources. The Newberry has made volumes 1-39 (1969-2007) of the Chicago Genealogist available online. is a site developed by the Newberry Library. It includes a list of useful tools that are available online, city directories, maps, etc.


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