We’ve compiled a variety of genealogy resources and links on this page! Some are free with your Deerfield Public Library card and others are available to the general public.

References on this page do not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of the Deerfield Public Library.

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Ancestry Library
Ancestry.com brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. Ancestry delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more!
Cyndi’s List
A comprehensive, categorized, and cross-referenced list of almost 300,000 links to genealogy-related sites.
Death Indexes
An annotated collection of links to online death indexes, organized by state and county.  The site also provides links for other types of records.
Deerfield Cemetery Online
The Deerfield Historical Cemetery’s website includes a map of who is buried where and information about prominent residents.
Deerfield Public Library Local History Archives
Explore the library’s local history archive, featuring items relevant to the history and culture of Deerfield and the surrounding areas.
Family Search
The digital arm of the Family History Library, the largest genealogy library in the world.
Find a Grave
You can use this resource to see 121 million grave records from all around the world.
Browse military genealogy records, plus non-military records.
Heritage Quest
Genealogical information including census records, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, and Freedman’s Bank documents.
Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS)
The ISGS has monthly webinars as well as other events that can assist you in becoming a more informed genealogist!
Library of Congress: Local History & Genealogy Reference Services
A large number of wonderful digital collections that include: American Memory Project, Prints & Photographs, Historic Newspapers, Performing Arts, Veterans History, Sound Recordings, Film, Maps, and Manuscripts
National Archives
Records of the US Federal Government. Guides, articles, webinars, and finding aids make the Archives less intimidating.
US GenWeb Project
The site has a variety of content, including links to local repositories and cemetery listings, obituary indexes, and more.
Genealogy Education Resources
“Your friend in genealogy,” DearMYRTLE offers many different learning channels for genealogists of all levels. Resources include a webinar archive, live online events such as Mondays with Myrt, and Wacky Wednesdays. Also, visit the DearMYRTLE YouTube channel for recordings of previous live events.
Genealogy Do-Over
A free self-paced 13-week program focused on sound genealogical research practices. Lots of tips, links to resources, and even a Facebook group with over 3,500 members.
National Archives’ Resources for Genealogists
A variety of resources for beginners with interest in family history research.
Adoption Genealogy Resources
Adoption History Project
Maintained by the department of history at the University of Oregon, the Adoption History Project is a great starting place for the history of adoption, as well as genealogical resources focused on adoption.
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Department
Extensive bibliography and listing of search and support groups.
Bastard Nation
Contains a state-by-state synopsis of access laws for both the U.S. and Canada, as well as a primer for researching adoption’s legislative history.
Shea’s Search Series: The Definitive Guide to Self-Empowered Adoptee Search
A great “how-to” resource for genealogical adoption research.
Jewish Genealogy Resources
Publishes products relating to Jewish genealogy.
A wealth of tools and resources for Jewish genealogy research, including how-to guides and databases.
African American Genealogy Resources
African American Gateway
Allen County Public Library’s portal to sources specific to locality, states, and countries throughout the Americas.
A site devoted to African-American genealogy. Contains databases, search tips, and a community of researchers.
Christine’s Genealogy Website
A website and blog with numerous news articles and links to research sources.
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
A national organization focusing on Afro-American history and genealogy.
Native American Genealogy Resources
Native American Gateway
Allen County Public Library’s portal to sources for First Nations research, we well as excellent general guides.