With a genealogist on staff, regular meetups and networking, plus online and print resources, the Library can help you out with your family research.
Our informal Genealogy Gathering happens at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Perfect for beginners or more advanced genealogy researchers, these free events feature renowned speakers with expert advice, break-out groups focusing on specific nationalities and attendees happy to share their experience and knowledge. Join us!
Genealogy Research Tools
Search the popular genealogy research website for free, including censuses, vital records, passenger lists, family histories and more. Note: Ancestry will temporarily be available for at-home use through at least Dec. 31, 2020.
Search U.S. census records, city directories, digitized family and local history books and more.
Search obituaries and death notices from more than 3,600 newspapers across the United States.
Research your family history with primary documents from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II.
View genealogical records from a database maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Creation of a free personal account is required. Schaumburg Library is a FamilySearch affiliate. Some content is restricted and available for in-Library use only.
Access even more genealogy research databases, including newspaper archives and more.
Find research tips, details about upcoming genealogy events and more from the Library's genealogy coordinator.
The National Archives and Records Administration is the nation’s record keeper, including providing access to historic census records from 1790 to 1940.
The Cook County Clerk offers access to historical vital records from Cook County, Illinois through its website, including birth certificates 75 years or older, marriage licenses 50 years or older and death certificates 20 years or older.