Research & Learn: Genealogy & Local History

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African American Heritage »

Genealogy database devoted to African American family history research.


Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only) »

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


Chicago Tribune

Browse: current digital scan of daily print issue (last three days) & current digital scan of Sunday print edition (July 2018-present)

Search: current full-text (1985-present), online (2017-present) & historical (1849-1997)

Current, online, and historical full-text and current daily and Sunday edition full-print (digital scan) issues of the Chicago Tribune.


FamilySearch »

Genealogical service that includes over a billion individual ancestral entries worldwide. Additional content—including millions of records and images—is available in-library only.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to set up an account (first-time users must create an account; a library card is not needed but name and birthdate are required):


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: current (1995-present)

Current full-text issues from the Oak Leaves. Read the latest issue »


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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