Chicago Genealogy Records and Sources on the Internet

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 Illinois Naturalization Records
Note: Cook County Naturalization records prior to 1871 were destroyed in the Chicago fire. Chicago Church Records Chicago Newspapers (Historical)
  • 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.
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