Research

WPL cardholders may access the online databases from home using their library barcode number and PIN. Please contact a Reference Librarian if you would like help searching a database or need other research help.

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Tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, including Illinois newspapers, published between 1759 and 2006. Enter search terms or browse newspapers by country, city, state and year.

Obituaries and death notices from newspapers around the country. Some listings are recent, others historical. Chicago Tribune listings are from 1860, however obituaries from 1985-1999 are missing. To see the list of newspapers, connect to the database then click see a list at the top of the screen.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society provides vital records, church records, town records, cemeteries and more from most of the New England states, England and Ireland.  Not available from home.

Federal and state census records, military and immigration records, birth, death and marriage records, and other reference sources.  Look for your high school yearbook!  Not available from home.

Descriptions of archival collections (historical documents, personal papers and family histories) owned by libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide.

Articles in the Chicago Tribune from 1849-1992

Census records, family histories, genealogical serials, local histories and primary sources in full image; resources on towns and families from all 50 states, Canada and the British Isles

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, chart the growth and development of towns and cities. They are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch.

Index to the vital records in Wheaton, Illinois newspapers beginning 1885-