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Family History

A guide to researching family history at the Chicago History Museum's Research Center

Getting Started

The Abakanowicz 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. is a site developed by the Newberry Library. It includes a list of useful tools that are available online, city directories, maps, etc.