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.

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices

Search more than 65 million obituaries and death notices from over 4,100 U.S. sources. Updated daily, this collection contains valuable genealogical information such as occupation, avocation, education, military service, religious affiliation, family members, colleagues and more.


Ancestry Library Edition

This is the library version of It allows you to search billions of genealogy records from the U.S. and around the world in a single search. Available from home to DP cardholders through June 30, 2021, thanks to Ancestry & ProQuest.

ArkivDigital - Swedish Genealogy In-library only

Access to 83 million church records and other historical records for Swedish genealogy research.

Chicago Tribune

Full text from 1985 to the present. Includes obituaries.


Chicago Tribune 1849–1994 (Proquest Historical Newspapers)

This digitized, full text version of the newspaper includes photographs, ads and obituaries from 1849–1994.

Daily Herald

Full text from 1997 to the present. Includes obituaries.


Des Plaines Memory

An online collection of photographs, postcards, letters and more all detailing Des Plaines' rich history. A great tool for doing historical and genealogical research.


Millions of genealogy records with a focus on the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland) and Ireland.


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 Historical documents like the National Archives Holocaust Records are also included.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.

Global Newsstream

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.


Heritage Quest Online

Explore local histories, mine census data and search thousands of other records to find your ancestors and build your family tree.

MyHeritage Library Edition

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. - Library Edition

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.

Digital Copies of Local Newspapers

The following local newspapers are available upon request. Contact 847 376-2841 or

Des Plaines Day

1968; 1969. (Incomplete.)

Des Plaines Journal

1964-1974; 1976-2020.

Des Plaines Suburban Times

1914; 1917-1926; 1929; 1933-1937; 1939-1941; 1944-1952; 1954-2001.


1849 to 1992 – Chicago Tribune (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

1993 – 2000 – Chicago Tribune microfilm in house

2000 - present – Chicago Tribune (1985– present)