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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Genealogy Resources

A guide to finding genealogical materials at the University of Illinois Library.

Web-Based Resources

There are many excellent guides to genealogical sources available on the web. Some, such as Cyndi's List, are free, and others, such as Ancestry.com, require a subscription. Here are a few places to check out:

University Library Resources

These are resources that the Library subscribes to. They are available from any public computer in any of the campus libraries, or from anywhere by current students, faculty, and staff with a net id.

Other Community Resources

As the official repository for non-current Champaign County records, the Champaign County Historical Archives offers a wealth of resources for genealogy and local history.  In addition to a rich collection of material pertaining to Champaign County, there are resources for other localities in Illinois and for many of the states east of the Mississippi River.  In addition to print resources, the Archives maintains subscriptions to Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, the Digital Sanborn Maps for Illinois, and the ten-year archive of the News-Gazette.

The Champaign County Historical Archives is also an official lending site for the Family History Library (FHL). Resources you discover in the FHL can be requested at the Champaign County Historical Archives.