Manuel Rodriguez. Compendio Geografico, c.1768. Case broadside BX3706.A2 C56 1768.
Our Chicago Suburbs - Hinsdale, ILL. and the Residence of O.J. Stough, Esq. 1873. Case Wing H 94.005.
The Newberry has been collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887. Staff at the Genealogy and Local History desk can help you explore the Newberryâ€™s rich collections of family histories; local histories; censuses, probate, deed, court, tax, and cemetery records; military rosters; periodicals; genealogical guides; and reference works.
Finding What We Have
Explore the Newberryâ€™s Catalogs and Guides, the primary tools for identifying and locating books, maps, periodicals, and manuscripts relevant to your research.
The Newberry has over 17,000 published genealogies. The collectionâ€™s coverage of colonial America and New England is particularly strong. Many rare titles covering gentry and noble families of the British Isles are also included.
The local history collection includes county, city, town, church, and other local histories from all regions of the United States, as well as from Canada and the British Isles. The Newberry holds a comprehensive collection of New England town histories, as well as a strong collection of county histories from the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. The collection of local histories from the British Isles is also noteworthy.
Genealogical Source Material
Published indexes, abstracts or transcriptions of pre-twentieth century records of birth, death, and marriage, as well as probate, deed, court, tax, and cemetery records form an important segment of the Newberryâ€™s genealogy collection. These materials are primarily from the area of the Mississippi Valley to the Eastern Seaboard, as well as from Canada and the British Isles.
The Newberry collects roster and pension reference works covering the colonial wars through the Civil War. Some materials on the Spanish American War and World War One are also available. The Newberryâ€™s collection of Civil War unit histories is one of the countryâ€™s best.
The Newberry has subscriptions to several Electronic Resources of interest to genealogists. Among them are American Ancestors, Ancestry.com, Fold3, Gen-line, and HeritageQuest Online. These databases are only accessible from within the Newberry.
The library has complete runs of many state and county historical and genealogical publications, as well as important regional and national journals such as The New England Genealogical and Historical Register, The American Genealogist, and The National Genealogical Society Quarterly. The Newberry also holds British journals of local and regional history.
Below is a list of guides related to this particular collection.
The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is a reference work designed to provide information about the creation and boundary changes of every county in the United States, from the earliest county creation in the 1600s to 2000.
ChicagoAncestors is a project of the Genealogy and Local History section of the Newberry. The project is intended to help genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago.