Chicago Genealogy Sources

Today’s post in about Chicago Genealogy Sources. In the 1880s, each of my eight great-grandparents decided to emigrate not just to the United States, but to Chicago. They came from Norway, Sweden, Austria, Prussia (now Poland), and Scotland, and with one exception, they met and married their future spouses in Chicago.

Chicago’s success as a vibrant city owes much to the incredible number of immigrant forebears, who came from virtually all points of the globe, like my great-grandparents, to build a better life for themselves and their families.

I’m getting ready for my Jamboree session on doing Chicago genealogical research from afar. In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting information about various Chicago ethnic genealogy resources to consider. And since I’m a librarian, I’ll put them up alphabetically.

Please note: The lists are meant to include resources other than the ones found at the big genealogical sites like FamilySearch, Ancestry, Fold3, and the like. And the lists are by no means exhaustive, so please let me know about additions, corrections, omissions.

Here are the entries  for my 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.


About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

One Comment

  1. Brenda Leyndyke 5 March 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Sounds like an ambitious project, one I will be looking forward to. I have Prussian ancestors.

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