Genealogy

October is Family History Month

Learn about your family’s history using resources at the library.  Scroll down to find databases, websites and community resources that can be accessed from home.  The information found in Ancestry is worth a trip to the library. 

While you’re here, visit the Genealogy Center on the 2nd Floor where you’ll find yearbooks from Wheaton high schools dating back to 1909.  Maps, newspapers and telephone books may also unlock information about your family.

Genealogy Help

We can help you get started using the library’s genealogy resources.  Contact our Genealogy & Local History Specialist at genealogy@wheatonlibrary.org to set up an appointment.

Assistance is also available on a walk-in basis in the Genealogy Center several times a month. Volunteers from the DuPage County Genealogical Society are available from 7:00-9:00 PM every Thursday, and volunteers from the Wheaton-Perrin chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are available on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Upcoming Events

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Library Branch: Wheaton Public Library
Room: Genealogy Center
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Genealogy
Event Details:
A representative from the DuPage County Genealogical Society is available in the Genealogy area to answer questions. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
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Library Branch: Wheaton Public Library
Room: Meeting Room A
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Genealogy, In-Person
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Event Details:
(Part 2 of 2) The next step after creating a timeline of military service and understanding through military records, what units your service member was in and where they were, is obtaining contextual documents. Providing context through records, map...

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Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Wheaton Public Library
Room: Genealogy Center
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Genealogy
Event Details:
A representative from the DuPage County Genealogical Society is available in the Genealogy area to answer questions. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Wheaton Public Library
Room: Genealogy Center
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Genealogy
Event Details:
A representative from the Perrin-Wheaton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is available in the Genealogy area to answer questions. ...

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Masks

Masks are required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. We ask attendees to stay home if not feeling well.

Genealogy Resources

Reference books and research guides

Both circulating and non-circulating books are available in the Genealogy Center on the 2nd Floor. 

Get started with basic genealogy guides.

Periodicals

Back issues of dozens of genealogy periodicals including the DuPage County Genealogical Society Review, the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and more are available in the Genealogy Center on the 2nd Floor.

Genealogy Databases

American Ancestors

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From the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Extensive online collections of early American genealogical records (vital, church, and town records) from New England states, England, Ireland, and beyond.

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Ancestry Library Edition

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Premier genealogy resource with federal and state census records, military and immigration records, birth, death, and marriage records, and other reference sources such as high school yearbooks.  In-library use only.

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AtoZ Maps

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Explore 145,000 maps of the world, continents, countries, and states. Browse antique and historical maps, climate and ecology maps, flags of the world, and glossaries. Play geography games.

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Community Resources

DuPage County Genealogical Society

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Provides education for genealogists and assists in preserving and making available local records of genealogical interest.

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DuPage County Historical Museum 

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Dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of material culture documenting DuPage County.

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DuPage County Historical Society

Promotes and preserves the history of DuPage County through publications, lectures, and cooperation with other county historical organizations.

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Genealogy Websites

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Provides interactive maps and timelines documenting all changes in U.S. county boundaries over time.

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Births, Marriages, and Deaths for England and Wales

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Provides access to transcriptions of birth, marriage and death records for England and Wales.

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Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records

Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records

Provides access to Federal land title records, survey plats, and more.

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