Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday’s Tip – Two Great Chicago Resources

Holy Trinity Russian & Green Orthodox Church
Chicago, Illinois
[public domain image, from Wikimedia Commons]
For those researching in the Chicago area, here are two websites you will want to add to your favorites list:

ChicagoAncestors.org, a project created by those wonderful folks at the Newberry Library, includes city directories, maps, architecture and building history, and much more. Click on the TOOLS tab at the top or BROWSE to see all the great collections they have available! The WHAT’S NEW tab will take you to their blog.

Genealogy Online provides access to historical Cook County vital records. Search for birth, marriage and death records from 1872! Access is restricted to birth records 75 years or older, marriage records 50 years or older, and death records 20 years or older. If you find a record, ordering it is quick and easy! For a relatively small fee, you can order a record and download a copy of it in just minutes.

© 2012 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research


  1. LOVE those sites. I couldn't begin to track my Chicago ancestors without them!

    1. My ancestors were only in Chicago for a few years prior to the Great Fire - I sure wish the other counties/states in which they lived had such wonderful resources.

  2. Thanks for posting these! I am helping a friend with her genealogy and hopefully these sites will help with her Chicago ancestors.

  3. Great resources - thanks so much!