These resources are great jumping-off points for new or seasoned genealogists. Read our Genealogy guide for more tips on how to do genealogy research.
Ancestry Library Edition In-library only
Full text from 1985 to the present. Includes obituaries.
This digitized, full text version of the newspaper includes photographs, ads and obituaries from 1849–1994.
Full text from 1997 to the present. Includes obituaries.
An online collection of photographs, postcards, letters and more all detailing Des Plaines' rich history. A great tool for doing historical and genealogical research.
Des Plaines Telephone Directories In-library only
This collection brings together telephone directories from Des Plaines and the surrounding communities. The directories are a great tool for doing genealogical and historical research.
Convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Historical documents like the National Archives Holocaust Records are also included. A useful tool for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families and teachers.
Search hundreds of national and international newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times at the same time.
Explore local histories, mine census data and search thousands of other records to find your ancestors and build your family tree.
Birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete US and UK censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles. More than 5 million records are added each day.
New York Times digitized cover to cover from 1851 to 2013.
Historical newspapers archive from the 1700's - 2000's - 4,000+ news titles from the U.S. and around the world. For researchers, historians, genealogists, teachers and students.