“Sometimes the seemingly most insignificant piece of information about someone can lead to something greater.”
Our local history collection is located on the second floor of the library. Please request admittance to it at the adult reference desk. Our collection is available to browse in this room with the exception of a few items that have been archived and require a special request to view. The room also contains a computer for genealogy database searches and a microfilm reader. Databases available to search only when at the Library are Ancestry and Family Search.
Obituary indexing project
The staff and the Friends of the Library have been working on indexing the obituaries from the Kendall County Record. The following files are the years that have been completed.
We are considered a Family Search Affiliate Library. When a patron is physically at our library and signs in or creates a free account at Familysearch.org they will have access to thousands of restricted records for genealogy research.
Chapel on the Green presents local history of the building and area in these videos:
Congregation history #1 8:09 minutes: http://youtu.be/Z_Tw021X4e8
Architectural design #2 5:30 minutes: http://youtu.be/py_qlob-aIk
Building improvements #3 8:42 minutes: http://youtu.be/EB4NdPz54gI
Pipe organ #4 7:03 minutes: http://youtu.be/Dodr-Z5Lt5I
Bristol #5 4:46 minutes: http://youtu.be/88HZHH2VgQc
Useful links for research
- Beginning Genealogy
- Cemetery Transcription Library
- Ellis Island
- Family Search
- Genealogy Trails
- Hathi Trust
- Illinois State Archives Genealogy Research
- Illinois State Digital Archive
- Internet Archive
- Kendall County Genealogy
- Lincoln Digitization Project
- Newberry Genealogy Site
- U.S National Archives & Records Admin.
- Genealogy for Kids: Building a Family Tree (Thanks Andy, a local Boy Scout, for sharing this source with us!)