Guides and inventories created to aid in Chicago & Cook County genealogy research.
Harold Washington Library - Chicago Public Library
A detailed inventory of the historic Chicago Newspapers held by the Harold Washington Library. There are newspapers that begin in the 1830's and many are still current through present-day. The content ranges from the name of the newspaper, the date range available and any missing gaps in dates.
A detailed inventory of the Chicago City Directories held by the Harold Washington Library. The content ranges from 1839-1929 and includes the title, year coverage and roll number.
A detailed inventory of the telephone directories held by the Harold Washington Library. There are three categories of telephone directories: city (Chicago), suburban and state-wide. The content ranges from the locality (city, suburban, etc.), coverage type (white pages vs. classifieds), a date range, and the roll number.
Cook County Recorder of Deeds
A descriptive guide on conducting research and locating deeds at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office. The filing system used by the Recorder of Deeds is different than most other clerk systems in country and uses PINs (Property Index Number) to locate most deeds, post-1871 to present-day. Research may involve several steps and can be overwhelming for the inexperienced. Use this guide as an aid to help you conduct deed research.