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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

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.



LDS Affiliate Library

Gail Borden Public Library is a designated LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) Affiliate Library. LDS materials, ordered and paid for online, can be delivered for viewing to Gail Borden. Gail Borden will provide microfilm viewers for users of this service. More information can be found on the LDS Family Search Website.

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.


Elgin Area Memories

Elgin Area Memories is the starting point to access an online archive of historical Elgin Photographs and memorabilia from the local area. Details about local residents may be found in these publications.

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.



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