The Mount Prospect Public Library maintains a genealogy collection to assist you with family history research. This collection in the Harold Weary Genealogy Room includes books, periodicals, microfilm, microfiche, pamphlets, and online resources covering a variety of genealogical topics. It focuses primarily on the Village of Mount Prospect and the immediate northwest suburban area of Chicago but other parts of Illinois and the United States are also represented.
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- Mount Prospect Public Library Biography File Index
- Mount Prospect Public Library Obituary Index
- Genealogical Periodicals in the Mount Prospect Public Library
- Illinois Digital Archives
- Books Added to the Genealogy Collection in 2014
- Books Added to the Genealogy Collection Since January 2015
Genealogy is well-represented on the Web. Listed below are links to some of the most well-respected and useful resources currently available.
- Castle Garden Database (Hosted by the Battery Conservancy in New York) more info »
- Cyndi’s List more info »
- Ellis Island Records more info »
- Family Search (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) more info »
- Rootsweb more info »
- US GenWeb Project more info »
Mount Prospect Historical Society
Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society
Illinois Digital Archives (Illinois State Library) more info »Includes images of photographs and other materials related to Mount Prospect.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library » Located in Springfield, this facility includes historical print and nonprint materials related to Abraham Lincoln’s life and to Illinois history in general.
Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) » A division of the Illinois State Archives, this organization offers access to county records. These records are housed in seven locations throughout the state.
Illinois State Archives
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Illinois State Library
These guides were prepared by the MPPL genealogy staff.
A Genealogy Pathfinder A journey through your family history
Genealogical Periodicals at MPPL An alphabetical list of the magazines and newsletters in the genealogy collection of the Mount Prospect Public Library
Grow Your Family Tree Online Selected genealogy websites
Harold Weary Genealogy Room
Microfiche Available at MPPL Genealogical research microfiche in the Mount Prospect Public Library
Norwegian-American Genealogy Materials in the Mount Prospect Public Library
Polish Genealogical Resources in MPPL
A Touch of the Green Resources for Irish genealogical research in the Mount Prospect Public Library