Illinois & Local History

Online documents, photos, articles, and other information about the history of Illinois and the local area.

  • Illinois Digital Archives: A portal to online exhibits and collections from libraries and museums across the state. A project of the Illinois State Library. Additional online collections are searchable through the Digital Illinois catalog. 
  • Illinois State Archives
    Genealogical Research:
    State and Federal Governmental Records in the Illinois State Archives
  • Illinois History Resource Page: Dozens of links, compiled by the Illinois State Historical Society.
  • Cyndi's List - Illinois: Directory of genealogy and history websites. Also includes links for specific Illinois localities.
  • is a comprehensive resource for finding public record information by county, with important links to government websites and other state agencies to assist individuals with locating vital records, genealogy archives, court record documents, and other public record searches. was built to help people save time when requesting information or searching for records by directing them to the appropriate county or state agency.