Genealogy Collection Guides and Research Tools

Collection Guides

Adoption Resources | Biographical Resources | Census Holdings | Census Research Guide | City Directories | Fire Insurance Maps | Fraternal Organizations | Newspapers | Noble and Royal Lineages | Passenger Lists and Indexes

Ethnic Guides

African-American | Bohemian | Canadian – French | Canadian – Ontario | Cherokee | English | Germanic | Irish | Italian | Jewish | Norwegian | Polish | Scottish | Swedish

Military Guides

Revolutionary War | War of 1812 | Civil War | Confederate Research | World War I | World War II

Geographic Guides

Alabama | Arkansas | Connecticut | Delaware | Georgia | Illinois | DuPage County | Kane County | Lake County | Indiana | Iowa | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Massachusetts | Michigan | Mississippi | Missouri | Nebraska | New England | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New York | New York City | North Carolina | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | Tennessee | Vermont | Virginia | West Virginia | Wisconsin

Researching Chicago

Chicago Ancestors – An interactive online map of Chicago for genealogists and local historians created by the Newberry staff. Check the Tools page for links to other great Chicago resources.

Chicago Biography and Industry File – An index to over 48 volumes, published between 1876 and 1937, containing industial and biographical sketches. More resources are listed on the Biographical Resources page.

Chicago Church and Synagogue Records – A guide to the location of church records for a variety of denominations.

Chicago Directories – A guide to city directories held by the Newberry, including over three hundred pertaining to Chicago. Some of these directories have been digitized on Chicago Ancestors.

Chicago Genealogy – A listing of commonly used sources for doing Chicago genealogy research at the Newberry.

Chicago History Research at the Newberry – A guide to doing research on Chicago’s history at the Newberry.

Chicago Neighborhood Guide – A bibliography of neighborhood histories.

Chicago Newspapers – A guide to newspapers held by the Newberry, including over fifty English and German titles published in Chicago, spanning 1838 to 2004.

Encyclopedia of Chicago – Available in book format and online. Published by the Chicago History Museum and the Newberry.

Records and Histories of Professions in Chicago and Illinois – A guide to resources on various professions such as police, fire fighters and medical practioners.

Uniquely Newberry

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries – A reference work designed to provide information about the creation and boundary changes of every county in the United States, from the earliest county creation in the 1600s to 2000.

Family Research Files – Files arranged by surname and placename, including wide-range of materials from pedigree charts and brochures to copies of vital records and photographs.

Genealogical Index of the Newberry Library – An index to some of the Newberry’s earliest genealogy collections. Not available to search online.

Genealogy Blog – Upcoming events, new resources, research tips and other information from the Local and Family History Department

Manuscripts – An introduction to the Newberry’s manuscript collections, including railroad collections and family papers.

Maps – An overview of the Newberry’s map catalogs and collections.

Newsletters – A listing of uncataloged newsletters from various genealogical and historical societies.