Research & Learn: Genealogy & Local History

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Your Oak Park Public Library card gives you access to the online resources listed here.




African American Heritage »

Genealogy database devoted to African American family history research.

Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only) »

Genealogical information covering the US and United Kingdom (only available in the Oak Park Public Library).

Chicago Tribune Historical Extra! Edition »

Full-text with PDFs of the pages from the original papers from 1851 to 2004.

HeritageQuest Online »

Genealogical and historical records, including images of US federal census documents.

NewspaperARCHIVE »

Access to historical issues of hundreds of Illinois newspapers, including Oak Leaves (1902-1977), with searchable articles, advertisements, editorials, classified ads, and obituaries.

Oak Leaves »

Full-text articles from this weekly local paper from 1995 to present.

Special Collections »

Specific cultural and heritage collections that reflect the unique values and enduring legacies of Oak Park, including the following collections: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Lloyd Wright, Grand Army of the Republic, local authors, Philander Barclay Photograph, and more.

Steiner Index »

Information on original owners, architects, building dates, and addresses for Oak Park and River Forest houses and buildings.

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