This post contains links to free Chicago genealogy resources, including materials organized by ethnicity and other groups.

That cool photograph above, by the way, is the Chicago Coliseum at 1513 South Wabash Avenue in 1912, from the Library of Congress.

My Chicago Ancestors

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

Researching Chicago Ancestors from Afar Webinar

Is your group interested in a webinar on Chicago genealogy research? Did your ancestors settle in Chicago, but you live in another location? Or maybe you’re right at home in Chicagoland? Were your Chicago ancestors native to Illinois? Were they immigrants, like my family? Did they arrive as part of the Great Migration? Discover essential and unusual records for your Chicago ancestors in this webinar. For dates and rates, contact me at this link.

Free Chicago Genealogy Resources Online

Digital collections at The Newberry Library, Chicago History Museum (formerly the Chicago Historical Society), Chicago Public Library and others are included. And more is being added all the time.

Between my own family research and my new webinar, Chicago Genealogy Research From Afar, here are links to Chicago genealogy resources I recommend.

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. Find a dead link? Let me know here.

Recommended Free Chicago Genealogy Resources:

African-American Genealogical Resources for Chicago

Bohemian, Czech and Slovak Genealogical Resources for Chicago

Chicago and Illinois Digital Collections

Free 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. Happy searching for your Chicago ancestors!