ChicagoAncestors helps genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago. Interested in historic Chicago neighborhoods, churches, buildings or events? ChicagoAncestors allows users to browse by address, intersection, or keyword. Additionally, researchers can contribute their own family information, historical research, queries and photographs to the site, and contact other users with similar interests. This interactive digital resource has data that includes locations for synagogues, Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches, along with information on where to access the records and bibliographies for each of Chicago’s 77 community areas, and more.
Funding for ChicagoAncestors was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Studies (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Additional funding came from a Carnegie-Whitney Award from the American Library Association and The Chicago Genealogical Society.