Batavia History

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Resources at the Batavia Public Library

Take Root in Your Family Tree: Genealogy Resources in the Batavia Public Library
Subscription Genealogy Databases Available at the Batavia Public Library
Batavia Public Library Location and Hours



Genealogy on the Internet computer classes

One-hour, hands-on computer classes. Basic computer skills, including mouse & keyboard proficiency, are required. Registration is required; please call the Reference Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 200.
* Class requires registration

Genealogy: HeritageQuest & America’s Obituaries
Learn how to search U.S. Census records, city directories, and cemeteries as well as how to search for recent obituaries and death notices in over 400 U.S. newspapers by state. Find next class »

Genealogy: Ancestry Library Edition
|Learn how to search for birth, marriage, death, military and immigration records. Find next class »

Genealogy: FamilySearch.org
Learn how to search for your deceased ancestors in historical records worldwide. Find next class »

Genealogy: Free Websites
Learn to use genealogy websites such as Cyndi’s List, the USGenWeb Project, Find a Grave, and more.  Find next class »

Databases Available at the Batavia Public Library
Genealogy on the Internet: Genealogy Websites


Q & A Program Series

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Genealogy Research Help

Researching your family history? Whether you’ve just started, or would like help overcoming obstacles, schedule an appointment with a librarian who will provide a one-hour, one-on-one session to guide you in your research.
Available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
or fill out the form below.
Batavia Public Library card required.
Contact the Adult Reference Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 2, for details.

Resources at the Gustafson Research Center

Collections at the Gustafson Research Center

Indexes of Materials at the Gustafson Research Center

The following indexes list the contents of the collections of materials available at the Gustafson Research Center in the Depot Museum. The indexes specify the location of items, but do not provide the items themselves. Researchers can use these indexes to find out the location of the desired items, and then visit the Gustafson Research Center, where research volunteers will provide assistance. Please contact the Depot Museum to arrange your research visit.

Index (by John A. Gustafson) of Articles and Photos, approx. 1820s-1970s
Index of Batavia Properties, Listed by Street Address, approx. 1841-1972
Index (partial) of Bethany Lutheran Church Scrapbooks
(includes marriages, engagements, obituaries, and photographs), approx. 1872-1997
Index of Family Genealogies and Biographies
Index of Obituaries, in Binders, approx. 1861-201
Index of Photographs of People, in Binders, approx. 1864-2006, Surnames A-
Index of Photographs of People, in Binders, approx. 1864-2006, Surnames F-
Index of Photographs of People, in Binders, approx. 1864-2006, Surnames J-L
Index of Photographs of People, in Binders, approx. 1864-2006, Surnames M-N
Index of Photographs of People, in Binders, approx. 1864-2006, Surnames O-S
Index of Photographs of People, in Binders, approx. 1864-2006, Surnames T-Z
Index of Photographs of People, in Binders, from the Kane County Chronicle, approx. 1982-1996
Index of Topics in the Photo Collection at the Gustafson Research Center
Index of Topics in Hanging Files at the Gustafson Research Center
Newspapers Owned by the Gustafson Research Center, 1841-2003 (by title)
Newspapers Owned by the Gustafson Research Center, 1841-2003 (by year)



Gustafson Research Center Location and Hours

155 Houston St.
Batavia, IL 60510
630-406-5274

Hours
M, W, F 2-4 pm
March – Thanksgiving



Other hours by appointment.

Online Genealogy Resources