Most Comprehensive List of On-Line Genealogy Sites:



Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Includes more than 135,000 links as of June, 2002. Sites are constantly added and updated.

Other Links to On-Line Genealogy Sites:


Links to recent obituaries in newspapers throughout the United States. Enter a family name to see all recent obituaries for that family.


Roots Web
A free genealogy site sponsored by fee-based Ancestry.Com. Links on how to start research, databases, family trees, message boards.

Genealogy Resources from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

Family History Library Catalog
Search the catalog for the Family History Library in Salt Lake by surname, author, subject, place. This site lists titles of publications and other sources.


Family Search
Search comprehensive online databases: Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Pedigree Resource File, Vital Records Index.


Family History Centers
3,400 centers worldwide provide access to microfilm and microfiche from the Family History Library in Salt Lake. Click here to locate a Family History Center near you.
Nearby centers are located at 1320 Ridgeland Avenue, Naperville (630-505-1233); 1320 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (847-885-4130); and 675 Fox Avenue, Sycamore (815-895-5460).

Other Large Genealogy Collections:

Allen County Public Library, Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department, P.O. Box 2270, 900 Webster Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270. 260-421-1200.
Describes types of sources available in one of the largest genealogy departments in the United States: family histories, census records, passenger lists, military records, Native American records, African-American records, sources for various states and countries.

Illinois State Archives, Margaret Cross Norton Building, Springfield, Illinois 62756. Reference: 217-782-3556. Fax: 217-524-3930. E-Mail:
Genealogical resources include records for state and federal censuses, births, marriages, deaths, probate, land sales, military service, veterans, and related records.


Library of Congress, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Room LJ G42, Washington, D.C. 20540. E-Mail:

General information about the collections and facilities:

Online catalog for publications cataloged recently (older materials are listed in a card catalog at the library):


National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20408. 202-501-5400:
Genealogical holdings of the NARA in Washington, D.C., include microfilmed federal censuses, military service records, immigrant and passenger arrivals, and other records for biography, genealogy, American Indians, and Black Studies. The above web site provides information about genealogical research at the NARA, but it is not an online catalog or index.
Archives Library Information Center, Online Public Access Catalog:
NARA publishes various registers and guides to collections and microfilm of federal censuses and other records. Microfilm can be purchased or rented.


National Archives and Records Administration, Great Lakes Region, 7358 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629-5898. 773-581-7816. Fax: 312-353-1294. E-Mail:
The facililty for the Great Lakes Region contains retired records from federal courts and agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.


Newberry Library, Genealogy Collections, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3305. 312-943-9090.
Overview of the genealogy collection, suggestions about search strategies, lists of biographical dictionaries, and links to online genealogy sites.

Newberry Library’s online catalog

Local Historical and Genealogical Societies:

Gustafson Research Center, Batavia Depot Museum, 155 Houston Street, Batavia, IL. 60510. 630-406-5274.
Collections for Batavia genealogy include over 800 family histories in a biographical file, marriage indexes for 1840-1900, indexed probate records and circuit court records for 1860-1960, census microfilm for 1840-1920, indexed scrapbooks containing obituaries and other records for 1900-1995, city and telephone directories, and related materials.


Elgin Area Historical Society and Museum, 360 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. 847-742-4248. Fax: 847-931-6199. E-Mail:
Collections include Elgin probate records and Elmer Gylleck collection of 10,000 historical photographs.


Geneva History Center, P.O. Box 345, 400 Wheeler Drive, Geneva, IL 60134. 630-232-4951. Fax: 630-232-6060. 
E-mail: mailto:genevahistorycenter@jwin,cin
Collections include probate and other court records for Geneva, files for families and buildings, photographs, directories for the Tri-Cities and early directories for Kane County, publications of the Kane County Genealogical Society.


St. Charles Heritage Center, 215 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174. 630-584-6967. Fax: 630-584-6067. E-Mail:
Collections include clippings in a local history archive.

U.S. GenWeb Project:

U.S. GenWeb Project
Provides links to state projects, and from there to county projects. Information for state and counties varies, but includes biographies, local history, cemetery records, transcriptions of census records, maps for counties and townships, query pages, and other genealogical resources.


Illinois GenWeb Project
Links to county projects, Illinois ancestry registry, State of Illinois Archives Database, etc.


Kane County, Illinois, GenWeb Project
Links to local libraries, historical and genealogical societies, newspapers. Resources such as transcribed biographies, obituaries, and probate records of county residents; township maps; veterans buried at Kaneville Cemetery; directory of photographic studios to help identify dates of photographs.

Where to Obtain Copies of Vital Records:

Vital Records Information: United States
How to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce records from agencies in states and counties. Indicates years for which records are available and fees. Related links to foreign vital records and adoption resources.

Fee-Based Genealogy Services:

Search an Ancestry World Tree; birth, marriage, and death records; census records, military records, message boards; and other sources. Cost of subscription ranges from $29.95 quarterly for U.S. and Canadian Records to $189.95 for an annual Super Subscription.


Family Tree Maker Online
Family Tree Maker publishes one of the best software programs for compiling your own family tree and over 650 CD-ROMs for states, regions, and ethnic groups containing family trees; birth, marriage, death, census, military, and land records. The CD-ROMs listed on this site can be purchased for $29.99 to $49.99 each. A  subscription providing online access to the complete collection costs $9.99 monthly or $49.99 annually. Some libraries own a complete set of the CD-ROMs.

How to Locate a Professional Genealogist:

Association of Professional Genealogists
This organization has over 1,300 members worldwide.  From the home page click on Directory of Members.  To identify professionals in a particular state, click on the state abbreviation in a pull down menu and then click Search.  Other lists identify genealogists in foreign countries.  You can also search for  genealogists with specific geographic or research specialties.  Click on a genealogist's name to obtain contact information and statements on professional background.

For magazine articles and other information, search the Library’s Reference Databases.

(A Batavia Public Library card number and PIN are required to access Reference Databases outside the Library.)



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