Research & Learn: Genealogy & Local History

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African American Heritage »

Genealogy database devoted to African American family history research.


Ancestry Library Edition »

*Access to Ancestry Library Edition is temporarily available from your home through August 31. (Ancestry Library Edition is usually only accessible from an Oak Park Public Library location.)

Genealogical information covering the US and United Kingdom.


Chicago Tribune Historical Extra! Edition »

Full-text with PDFs of the pages from the original papers from 1851 to 2004.


HeritageQuest Online »

Genealogical and historical records, including images of US federal census documents.


NewspaperARCHIVE »

Access to historical issues of hundreds of Illinois newspapers, including Oak Leaves (1902-1977), with searchable articles, advertisements, editorials, classified ads, and obituaries.


Oak Leaves »

Full-text articles from this weekly local paper from 1995 to present.


Special Collections »

Specific cultural and heritage collections that reflect the unique values and enduring legacies of Oak Park, including the following collections: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Lloyd Wright, Grand Army of the Republic, local authors, Philander Barclay Photograph, and more.


Steiner Index »

Information on original owners, architects, building dates, and addresses for Oak Park and River Forest houses and buildings.


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