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Genealogy Resources

Located on the second floor, the genealogy collection contains over 4,400 books and hundreds of reels of microfilm. The collection concentrates on Elgin and Kane County, Illinois, but also contains materials relating to twenty-five other states, mostly east of the Mississippi River, and five European countries.

Electronic Resources

Heritage Quest Online
Requires a Gail Borden Public Library Card Number if accessed from outside the library.

Ancestry Library Edition
Can only be accessed within the Gail Borden Public Library.

Area Genealogical Groups

Elgin Genealogical Society

Kane County Genealogical Society

Recommended Links

The oldest and largest free genealogy site. Databases, internet mailing lists, and ways to contribute to others' research.

The best one-stop source for genealogy information on the state and county levels.

Cyndi's List
The most comprehensive list of genealogy links on the World Wide Web. Covers all family history subjects.



Where to Find Genealogical Materials

Where to Find Genealogical Materials is an online guide to finding library and other resources for genealogical research in our vicinity.

Elgin Newspaper
and Vital Record’s Index

The Elgin Newspaper and Vital Record’s Index is a searchable database of articles from the Courier News and Daily Herald for articles concerning Elgin.

Illinois Digital Archives

Illinois Digital Archives is the library's online archive of historical Elgin photographs.

Library Resources

  • how-to guides
  • name indexes
  • family and county histories
  • cemetery indexes
  • census records
  • death records
  • over one hundred thirty-five years
    of local newspapers on microfilm.
  • electronic and online resources


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