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Track your family history, find your roots, and discover interesting information about the history of Kane County with the help of these databases! Please have your library card handy as many of these databases require your library card number.

Research Databases

This online digital library is a comprehensive, easy-to-use database of full-text articles and documents. This database is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education.

Search ERIC is a suite of resources – available to everyone in Illinois at no charge – that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.

Get Started with Inkie houses the largest library of free genealogy records with over 3.3 billion records and over 12 billion names. This resource is free, but requires account registration.

Visit FamilySearch

Fold3 Historical Military Records features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and documents of those who served in the military.

Visit Fold3

Ancestry Library Edition provides patrons instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogy and historical research.

Visit Ancestry

With Findmypast you’ll gain access to the ever-expanding collections of over 2 billion historical records from around the world, including US censuses from as far back as 1790.

Visit Findmypast

HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogy sources—rich in unique primary sources, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Visit Heritage Quest Online

This collection contains local newspaper issues dating back to the 1800’s. This newspaper archive can also be searched in order to find local obituaries.

View Historic Elburn Newspapers


Free Local History & Genealogy Resources

Access Genealogy

Access Genealogy has been online since 1999. What started out as a small 50 page website has evolved over the years to one of the leading websites in providing free genealogy. With over 240,000 links it is also one of the largest directories of genealogy websites found online.

Visit Access Genealogy

Association of Professional Genealogists

Association of Professional Genealogists helps you locate and contact a professional genealogist.

Visit Association of Professional Genealogists

Cindy’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Cindy’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet is one of the most comprehensive lists of genealogy websites. Organized according to  categories, this site offers easy access to thousands of links. This is a great starting point for any genealogy researcher.

Visit Cindy’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Ellis Island Records Ellis Island Records

Ellis Island Records Ellis Island Records contains a searchable database of over 22 million names of immigrants, passengers, and crew members that came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York from 1892 to 1924. The transcriptions were done by volunteers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Visit Ellis Island Records Ellis Island Records is an online database containing millions of burial records world-wide.


Google Books

Google Books provides full-text access to millions of books in the public domain.

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Immigrant Ships Transcriber’s Guild

Immigrant Ships Transcriber’s Guild includes sites to research emigration, immigration and, naturalization, passenger list sites, ethnic research, libraries and archives, passenger ship types, descriptions, and images as well as additional worldwide maritime information.

Visit Immigrant Ships Transcriber’s Guild is an online obituary service.



Linkpendium lets you search up to 2.5 million pages of free genealogy data with a single search.

Visit Linkpendium

Maps of Us offers maps of the United States for the purchase of genealogy research.


Old Maps Online

Old Maps Online is a great resource for local and world maps.

Visit Old Maps Online provides links to the top 70 internet sites related to family history.



RootsWeb is the Internet’s oldest and largest free genealogy web site and contains millions of names and genealogies. RootsWeb also hosts other databases and projects:

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RootsWeb Surname List

RootsWeb Surname List is a list of surnames. Associated with each surname are dates, locations (showing migration), and information about how to contact the person who submitted the information.

Visit RootsWeb Surname List


Roots-L is a free list serve/mailing list for people interested in genealogy.

Visit Roots-L

Obituary Daily Times

Obituary Daily Times contains an index to over 8 million obituaries in North America.

Visit Obituary Daily Times

The USGenWeb

U.S. Genealogy Web Project is a massive website run by volunteers. There is a website for each of the 3,125 counties in the United States. These county pages contain county histories, biographies, census, cemetery, marriage, birth, and bible records, and lists of local newspapers, among other things.

Visit The USGenWeb is the world’s largest genealogy wiki.


World GenWeb Projects

World GenWeb Projects is divided into fifteen world regions arranged by country and usually run by someone living in that country. Each country is divided into individual provinces, states, or counties (terms vary depending on locale).

You can search these sites to find maps, how-to information, history, translation help, vital records, passenger ship lists, property records, other useful information, and to make contacts with people living in the country you are researching.

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State, National, & Local Resources


Kane County Genealogy Online provides online access to thousands of birth, marriage, death records from Kane County Illinois dating from 1836

DeKalb County Clerk’s Office provides online access to thousands of birth, marriage, and death records from DeKalb County Illinois.


Allen County Library is one of the largest genealogy departments in the United States. Allen County Library boasts family histories, census records, passenger lists, military records, Native American records, African-American sources for various states and countries.

Bureau of Land Management  contains two million land patents and provides live database access to federal land conveyance records for thirty-two states issued between 1820 and 1908. This does not include the original thirteen colonies, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Hawaii. Land patents document the transfer of land ownership from the federal government to individuals.

Library of Congress, Local History and Genealogy Room services are described. Online catalog link is here.

National Archives and Records Administration provides information about many of the finding aids, guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to one of their facilities or for requesting records from NARA. The site contains information about the federal census, court records, military records, naturalization records, visa, alien registrations, and some passport records, African-American, and Native American materials. You can find a guide to the records that have been microfilmed by NARA. These films can sometimes be borrowed from your Family History Center or purchased from the National Archives.

Vital Records Information: The United States provides information on obtaining birth, death, marriage and divorce records from agencies in states and counties. Includes years for which records are available, associated fees for obtaining records and links to foreign vital records and adoption resources.