About ChicagoAncestors.org

ChicagoAncestors.org is a project of the Genealogy and Local History section of the Newberry, an independent research library in Chicago. The project is intended to help genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago.

Using the Site

Although use of the site is free, registration is required to contribute material to the site. Researchers and genealogists are encouraged to contribute their own family information, historical research, queries and photographs. User contributions are moderated.


Original funding for ChicagoAncestors.org was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Studies (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Additional funding for bibliographic elements of the project came from a Carnegie-Whitney Award from the American Library Association. The Chicago Genealogical Society also supported the project with a gift.

Ongoing support for the project has come from the Newberry and the Chicago Genealogical Society. To support this and other initiatives of the Newberry, please consider a gift of support.


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