|Arlington Heights Memorial Library
E-mail: Contact Us e-mail form.
- 500 N. Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910
Hours and holidays: Mon–Fri 9am–10pm; Sat 9am–5:30pm; Sun Noon–5:30pm; Holidays.
Map, directions, and public transportation
- from the north on I-94 (Milwaukee, WI): Merge onto I-94 E toward US-41/Chicago (Portions toll). Keep right to take I-294 S/Tri State Tollway S toward Indiana/O'Hare (Portions toll), 3.6 mi. Take the Willow Rd exit, 0.4 mi. Keep right to take the ramp toward WHEELING/PROSPECT HGTS, 0.04. Merge onto Willow Rd/Palatine Rd and continue straight west bound, 5.8 mi. Turn left onto N Arlington Heights Rd, 1.5 mi. Turn right onto E Euclid Ave, 0.1 mi. Take the 2nd left onto N Dunton Ave, 0.03 mi. 500 N DUNTON AVE is on the right.
- from the east on I-90/I-94 W/Kennedy Expy W (Chicago, IL): Merge onto I-90 W/I-94 W/Kennedy Expy W. Keep left to take I-90 W/Kennedy Expy W via EXIT 43B toward O'Hare/Rockford, 5.9 mi. Keep left to take I-90 W/Jane Addams Memorial Tollway W toward Rockford/I-294 N/Milwaukee (Portions toll), 7.9 mi. Take the Arlington Hts Road exit, 0.4 mi. Turn slight right onto S Arlington Heights Rd, 3.2 mi. Turn left onto E Euclid Ave, 0.1 mi. Take the 2nd left onto N Dunton Ave, 0.03 mi. 500 N DUNTON AVE is on the right.
- from the south on I-355 (Joliet, IL): Merge onto I-355 N toward West Suburbs (Portions toll). I-355 N becomes I-290 W, 5.6 mi. Take IL-53 N toward Kirchoff Rd/North Suburbs, 2.7 mi. Take the Euclid Ave E exit, 0.4 mi. Merge onto Euclid Ave, 2.3 mi. Turn right onto N Dunton Ave, 0.03 mi. 500 N DUNTON AVE is on the right.
- from the west on I-90 (Rockford, IL): Merge onto I-90 E/Jane Addams Memorial Tollway E toward Chicago (Portions toll). Take the IL-53 N exit toward Northwest Suburbs, 1.1 mi. Merge onto IL-53 N via the ramp on the left, 1.8 mi. Take the Euclid Ave E exit, 0.4 mi. Merge onto Euclid Ave, 2.3 mi. Turn right onto N Dunton Ave, 0.03 mi. 500 N DUNTON AVE is on the right.
Internet sites and databases:
- Arlington Heights Memborial Library borrow, programs, research, get involved, services, kids, teens, search the catalog.
- Search the Catalog online by keyword, title, author, subject, tags, series, or call number. Also available in WorldCat.
- Genealogy and Local History the genealogy collection, the local history collection, equipment, Arlington Heights local history pinboard, tutorials, databases, and website links.
The local history and genealogy collection here is huge. They have printed genealogies, manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, special aids, surname folders and a great overall genealogy collection.
Their collection includes books, extensive microfilms of newspapers, obituaries, Illinois births, marriages, and deaths, telephone and city directories, 1850-1930 federal censuses, and U.S. passenger arrival lists, local church records, and yearbooks. Their subscription databases include America's Newspapers, America's Obituaries, Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest, Milestone Documents in American History, ProQuest, World Vital Records, Arlington Heights History, Arlington Heights Wiki, and Daily Herald.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.
- National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Illinois and Midwest U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.
- Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.
- National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
- National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis, MO, military and civil services personnel records. For servicemen and servicewomen discharged from 1912 to 1953. 
- Cook County Clerk births, marriages, and deaths online
- Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court recent probates, civil, criminal records.
- Cook County Recorder of Deeds land records, military discharge DD-214s.
- Cook County Medical Examiner suspicious or unusual deaths.
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois recent civil and criminal court records.
- Arlington Heights Memorial Library a huge collection, with printed genealogies, manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, special aids, surname folders—a great overall genealogy collection.
- Asher Library, Chicago, Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies 500,000 books, and films.
- Chicago Public Library reference books, how-to-guides, histories, biographies.
- Chicago Title and Trust for a fee they will search property records prior to the Chicago fire.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago Archives parish records, priest biographies, sacramental, school, or orphanage records.
- South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, Hazel Crest, a very good collection with local histories, genealogies, naturalizations, Pullman Car Works personnel, obituaries, church histories.
- University of Chicago Library plentiful historical records, including Durrett Collection of historical Kentucky and Ohio River Valley manuscripts of early people in the Ohio Valley.
- University of Illinois at Chicago, biography, periodicals, newspapers, oral history, ethnic studies.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: in Illinois: DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will; and in Indiana: Lake.
- Illinois Dept. of Health Vital Records, Springfield, birth, marriage, death, adoption, and divorces.
- Illinois State Archives, Springfield, county/state records, pre-Chicago fire sources, indexed vital records, early land grants, military records, all fed/state censuses, surname card index.
- Illinois State Library, Springfield, state/federal records, federal censuses to 1920, plat books, IL county histories, Sanborn fire insurance maps, Rev. War pensions and bounty land warrants.
- Illinois State Genealogical Society, Springfield, research guidance, teaching via webinars and the ISGS blog for free, death certificates 1916-1947 for a fee. No research requests.
- Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD), Springfield, HQ of 7 regional archives of local Illinois county/town records: birth, marriage, death, land, tax, voting reg., probate, naturalization, civil & criminal court, coroner, poorhouse. For Cook County see IRAD-Northeastern Illinois University.
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, genealogy, plat maps, atlases, oral and county history, cemeteries, census, vital records, naturalizations in many counties.
- John A. Logan College Library, Carterville, this library is a focal point of Southern Illinois genealogy. Their collection is huge.
- Lincoln Library, Springfield, indexed obituaries, city directories, the Sangamon Valley Collection has photos, yearbooks, histories, and maps for studying Sangamon and surrounding counties.
- Peoria Public Library enjoys a large genealogy and local history department, including many indexes, DAR files, and basic genealogy resources for the plains states.
- Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Lovejoy Library best library in southern IL with a large genealogical collection of newspapers, biographies, county histories, family folders, and maps.
- Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Rock Island, IL, Swedish church records, census, passenger lists, lodges, newspapers, directories.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Main Library one of the best book collections in America, including county histories, and farmers registers. Think of it as another archives for Illinois.
- Urbana Free Library their strength is Champaign County history, but they have good basic genealogy for the entire United States including printed genealogies, manuscripts, family folders.
- Brethren Historical Library and Archives, Elgin, IL, cultural, socio-economic, theological, genealogical, and institutional history of the Brethren.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives, Elk Grove Village, IL, serves historians, congregations, synods, genealogists and others interested in Lutheran history.
- Repositories in surrounding states: Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin
- Polish Genealogical Society of America, Milwaukee, WI, 60,000 books on Polish history, art, culture, reference.
- ↑ Contact Us in Arlington Heights Memorial Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Genealogy and Local History in Arlington Heights Memorial Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
- ↑ Location, Hours, & Holidays in Arlington Heights Memorial Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
- ↑ Based on MapQuest.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 39. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d. Cite error: Invalid
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- ↑ Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
- ↑ Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
- ↑ Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
- ↑ Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
- ↑ National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.
- ↑ Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
- ↑ Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
- ↑ Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
- ↑ Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).