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Researching Your Chicago Ancestors from Afar is today’s post. I’ve presented at Jamboree and other conferences on Chicago research, so I decided to gather the links to the Chicago genealogy research resources I’ve compiled into one big post.

Research for my own tree is very Chicago-oriented, as my great-grandparents in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, and Prussia/Germany decided to emigrate to Chicago, meet each other there, get married, and our family tree has flourished ever since. I’ve moved from Chicagoland many years ago, however, so the information included here has a mix of digital collections you can research wherever home may be and resources for your next trip to the Windy City.

Below are links by ethnicity and/or record type to digital collections, organizations, books, articles, databases, and listservs to research your Chicago ancestors.

Chicago Genealogy Resources

African-American Genealogical Resources for Chicago

Bohemian, Czech and Slovak Genealogical Resources for Chicago

Chicago and Illinois Digital Collections

Chicago City Directories Online

Chicago German-American resources:

Chicago Jewish Genealogical Resources

Norwegian Genealogical Resources for Chicago

Polish Genealogical Resources for Chicago

Scottish Genealogical Resources for Chicago

Swedish Genealogical Resources for Chicago

If there is a record type or ethnicity or other facet of Chicago research I can highlight in future posts, please let me know here.