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A genealogy database devoted to African American family history research, this collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

 

Need a resource for Black History Month? This is an easy-to-use resource with biographies, major events coverage, primary sources, & maps.

Looking for information about an American Indian tribe or working on a Native American Heritage Month project? This is an easy-to-use resource with biographies, major events coverage, primary sources, & maps.

Only available in the Oak Park Public Library. Genealogical information covering the US and United Kingdom; a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online.

Full-text with PDFs of the pages from the original papers; coverage 1851-2004

Start here to find out about people in other countries! Listen to the national anthem, look at pictures, and try recipes. Learn about each country’s history, customs, and government, and see what everyday life is like. 

For historians, genealogists, and the general public, this is a collection of Sanborn fire insurance maps for Illinois.

What are Sanborn maps? The Sanborn Map Company published these large-scale plans for fire insurance purposes, including the outline of each building, the size, shape, construction materials, height, and location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.

For elementary, middle and high school students. Covers the origins and rise of each civilization; the role of women; methods of warfare; daily life and customs; diet; housing; legal system; religion, and holidays.

Developed by the Newberry Library with the cooperation of the Chicago Historical Society, The Encyclopedia of Chicago is the definitive historical reference on metropolitan Chicago.

Images of US federal census records; a strong complement to Ancestry Library Edition (available only in the library).

For high school and college students as well as the general public; features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.

For elementary, middle and high school students. Find out about objects and ideas that have changed how we live today from the steam engine to the toothbrush. Corresponds to science and social studies curriculums.

Access historical issues of hundreds of Illinois newspapers, including the Oak Park Oak Leaves (1902-1977). For the family genealogist, local history buff, and anyone looking for local articles, advertisements, editorials, classified ads, and obituaries.

Not just for students! Find encyclopedia articles, primary source documents, e-books and multimedia resources in one search!