Urbana Free Library

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Urbana Free Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] archives@tufl.info.


210 West Green Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Telephone:[1] 217-367-4025.
Fax:  217-531-7088.

Archives Hours and holidays:[3]  Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm; Wed 9:00am-9:00pm; Sun 1pm-5pm; Holiday closings

Map, directions, parking, and public transportation:  Find Us.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Their strength is Champaign County history, but they have good basic genealogy for the entire United States including printed genealogies, manuscripts, family folders, and microfilms.[4] They have online subscription databases such as America's GenealogyBank, World Vital Records, Heritage Quest, Fold3, and Ancestry Library Edition. Their regular collection includes 25,000 books, directories, newspapers, and school yearbooks.[5]

The Champaign County Historical Archives in the Urbana Free Library is the official repository for non-current county records. Special collections houses Champaign County births, marriages, deaths, naturalizations, and county and circuit court records, photos, maps, oral histories, and over 700 local organization newsletters.[5]

The Urbana Free Library also is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.[5]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Urbana Free Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[6]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[7]
  • National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago) old federal court and agency records for Illinois and Midwest U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[8]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[9]

Similar Collections

  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library a huge collection, with printed genealogies, manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, special aids, surname folders—a great overall genealogy collection.[10]
  • Chicago Public Library reference books, how-to-guides, histories, biographies.
  • Lincoln Library, Springfield, indexed obituaries, city directories, the Sangamon Valley Collection  has photos, yearbooks, histories, and maps for studying Sangamon and surrounding counties.</ref>
  • Peoria Public Library enjoys a large genealogy and local history department, including many indexes, DAR files, and basic genealogy resources for the plains states.</ref>

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Genealogy About Us in Urbana Free Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
  2. Contact Us in Urbana Free Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
  3. Hours in Urbana Free Library (accessed 14 April 2015).
  4. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 41. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Resources in Urbana Free Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
  6. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  7. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  9. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.
  12. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  13. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  14. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  15. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  16. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  17. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  18. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).