Discover Your Family History
Learn about your family’s history using resources at the library. Scroll down to find databases, websites and community resources that can be accessed from home. The information found in Ancestry is worth a trip to the library.
While you’re here, visit the Genealogy Center on the 2nd Floor where you’ll find yearbooks from Wheaton high schools dating back to 1909. Maps, newspapers and telephone books may also unlock information about your family.
We can help you get started using the library’s genealogy resources. Contact our Genealogy & Local History Specialist at email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Assistance is also available on a walk-in basis in the Genealogy Center several times a month. Volunteers from the DuPage County Genealogical Society are available from 7:00-9:00 PM every Thursday, and volunteers from the Wheaton-Perrin chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are available on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 1:00-3:00 PM.
Meet our Genealogy and Local History Specialist who shares tips on building your family tree.
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General genealogy guides can help you get started. These books can be checked out and are in the Genealogy Center, located on the 2nd Floor.
- Crash Course in Family History
- Finding Your Roots : Easy-to-Do Genealogy and Family History
- How to Do Everything. Genealogy (available as an e-book too)
Books for in-library use are available in the Genealogy Center, located on the 2nd Floor.
- Mayflower Families
- The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
- Germans to America
- The Famine Immigrants
- The Pennsylvania Archives
These and other titles are part of our large collection of genealogy resources.
Back issues of dozens of genealogy newsletters and magazines are available in the Genealogy Center, located on the 2nd Floor.
- DuPage County Genealogical Society Review
- Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly
- New England Historical and Genealogical Register
- Family Tree Magazine (eMagazine available on Libby)
From the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Collections of early American genealogical records (vital, church, and town records) from New England states, England, Ireland, and beyond. In-library use only.
Ancestry Library Edition
Premier genealogy resource with federal and state census records, military and immigration records, birth, death, and marriage records, and other reference sources such as high school yearbooks. In-library use only.
Explore 145,000 maps of the world, continents, countries, and states. Browse antique and historical maps, climate and ecology maps, flags of the world, and glossaries. Play geography games.
DuPage County Genealogical Society
Provides education for genealogists and assists in preserving and making available local records of genealogical interest.
DuPage County Historical Museum
Dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of material culture documenting DuPage County.
DuPage County Historical Society
Promotes and preserves the history of DuPage County through publications, lectures, and cooperation with other county historical organizations.
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
Provides interactive maps and timelines documenting all changes in U.S. county boundaries over time.
Births, Marriages, and Deaths for England and Wales
Provides access to transcriptions of birth, marriage and death records for England and Wales.
Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records
Provides access to Federal land title records, survey plats, and more.