The library has an extensive collection of genealogy material including print and online sources, microfilm and microfiche. Located on the main floor of the library in the Reference Department, the print collection includes sources for tracing ancestors from other countries including but not limited to Germany, Italy, Canada, Scotland, Ireland and Great Britain. United States sources include statewide indexes of vital records, church records, military records and land records for states east of the Mississippi River with emphasis on Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York.
Many sources for searching Civil War ancestors and their service in that war can be found. Two sets of books in print format, the Roster of Union Soldiers and Roster of Confederate Soldiers are indexes to the Compiled Military Service Records in the National Archives. Additionally, the library holds the Supplement to the Official Records (another multi-volume set) with reports left out and not included in the War of the Rebellion. These sets and more are described under Civil War.
DuPage County History
Located in the county seat of DuPage County, Illinois, Wheaton Public Library maintains a local history collection. Included are city histories for towns and cities of DuPage County, biographies of local and well-known figures of DuPage County and atlases. Resources for tracing family history in DuPage County as well as the publications of the DuPage County Genealogical Society are found here.
Sources unique to Wheaton’s history include telephone books, pamphlet files, high school yearbooks, and the online (Wheaton) newspaper index of births, marriages and deaths, Vital Records Index.
The Collection is available during library hours