This webpage lists some places you can find Chicago genealogy records and sources online. Be aware that some records were lost in the Chicago fire of 1871. However, other resources, like the Sam Fink Index, can sometimes be helpful in the pre-1871 period for Chicago genealogy research.|
Chicago Vital Records and Obituaries Indexes (Birth, Marriage and Death Records)
Chicago City Directories and Telephone Books
- Cook County and Chicago Death Indexes
- Cook County and Chicago Birth Indexes
- Cook County and Chicago Marriage Indexes
Illinois Naturalization Records
- Chicago City Directories: Assorted Years 1844-1947 (at Ancestry/requires payment) Coverage and type of directory varies; many of the 20th Century directories are Business Directories.
- Chicago City Directories Online at ChicagoAncestors.org includes Chicago Street Guides for 1866, 1870, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1892, 1900, 1910 and 1923; and Chicago City Directories for 1866, 1870, 1871, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1892, 1900, 1910 and 1923
- Chicago City Directories at FamilySearch digitized microfilm; for the years 1844, 1854-1855, 1859-1860, 1865, and 1869-1901
- Chicago Telephone Books Online from the Library of Congress; includes some from Chicago suburbs
- Lurie Index of People in Chicago in 1937 as well as All of the Voters' Registration for Chicago digitized microfilm from FamilySearch; you must be at a Family History Center or FamilySearch affiliate library to access these records online
- 1928 Chicago Criss-Cross Directory listed by street and address (alphabetical PDF files) works only with IE or Firefox browsers
- Directory of the City of Chicago, Illinois for 1843 (at Ancestry/requires payment); Gives date of death and age for some of the entries. Published in 1896.
- Fergus' Directory of the City of Chicago, 1839 (at Ancestry/requires payment); Published in 1876.
Note: Cook County Naturalization records prior to 1871 were destroyed in the Chicago fire.
Chicago Church Records
Chicago Newspapers (Historical)
Chicago Property Records and Building Permits
More Chicago Genealogy Online
- The Illinois section at: Historical USA Newspapers and Indexes on the Internet includes links for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Examiner, Chicago Sentinel (weekly Jewish publication), Hyde Park Herald (neighborhood on Chicago's South Side), and others
- For Obituaries see the first link in the Vital Records section above.