Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Some Favorite Chicago Genealogy Destinations

Thinking about booking a few extra days in Chicago? If you have a bit of free time you may want to check out these great Chicago genealogy favorites.
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The Newberry Library is a private library with an outstanding genealogy collection. The Civil War collection is notable. They also have wonderful maps and rare books. The Newberry does not charge a fee to access their collection, but those of us who visit regularly are sure to include a donation each time we renew our visitor's cards. Be prepared to store the majority of your items in a locker. The quarter you need to operate the locker is returned to you at the end of your visit. Bring a photo i.d. so you can get a user's card.

NARA's Great Lakes Region (Chicago) is a popular destination for genealogists from all over the country. They maintain retired records from federal courts and agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. They also have more commonly used items such as census and Revolutionary War microfilms. There is a textual records division, where one can find records such as certain Lake Michigan Life Saving Station Logs.

One of my favorite items at the Harold Washington Library Center is the outstanding newspaper collection on microfilm! If you want Chicago city directories and telephone books this is the place to go. Don't miss the special collection of photographs and images. You can find Who's Who books and a bit of this and that. The place is huge and fun to browse. They have a special collections division which has a number of important Chicago history items. Don't miss the amazing owl gargoyles on each corner of the building.

The Chicago Historical Society is a fun place to visit. They have displays depicting events in Chicago history as well as a research center filled with city directories and only 20 million other items of value to Chicago's history. You can check the Encyclopedia of Chicago on their website. And what a view!

The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies has a number of Yizkor books in its Asher Library. They are home to the Chicago Jewish Archives.

1 Comments:

Blogger GarnetMoon said...

The Wilmette Family History Center, just north of Chicago, has an extensive collection of Chicago and Cook County birth, marriage, and death records on microfilm. They also have many Chicago Catholic church films. Hours are Tue, Wed, & Thu, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, and Sat, 9:00 am -1:00 pm.

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