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Several handbooks give further information about research, records, and record-finding aids in Illinois. Among these are:

  • Beckstead, Gayle, and Mary Lou Kozub. Searching in Illinois: A Reference Guide to Public and Private Records. Costa Mesa, Calif.: ISC Publications, 1984. (FHL book 977.3 D27b.) This is a good source for locating federal, state, county, and city or town records and resources. It also gives lists of cemeteries, libraries, and newspapers and shows addresses of genealogical and historical societies. This guide has a special emphasis for adoptees.
  • Clements, John. Illinois Facts: A Comprehensive Look at Illinois Today, County by County. Dallas, Tex. Clements Research II, 1989. (FHL book 977.3 B5if.) This book gives details on the government offices and their functions and provides descriptions of each county, its location, climate, people, economy, and transportation.
  • Eichholz, Alice, ed. Red Book : American State, County, and Town Sources. 3rd ed. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004. (FHL Collection Book 973 D27rb 2004.) WorldCat entry. Contains bibliographies and background information on history and ethnic groups. Also contains maps and tables showing when each county was created.
  • Genealogical Sources in Chicago, Illinois 1835–1900. Chicago: Chicago Genealogical Society, 1982. (FHL book 977.311 D27g; fiche 6051029 [set of 2].) This contains Chicago maps and a list of ward boundaries in addition to suggesting sources for Chicago research.
  • Gooldy, Pat, and Ray Gooldy. Manual for Illinois Genealogical Research. Indianapolis, Ind.: Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1994. (FHL book 977.3 D27g.) The source gives addresses of county courthouses, genealogical societies, and record repositories and gives Illinois locations of record categories such as census, land, military, and church records.
  • O'Hara, Margaret. Finding Your Chicago Ancestor. 2nd ed. N.p.: M. O’Hara, 1982. (FHL book 977.311 D27o 1982; film 1597813; 1st edition, book 977.311 D27o 1981; fiche 6051413.) This includes a list of the churches in Chicago by denominations and ethnic groups, suggests sources for research, and gives addresses of various archives.
  • Schweitzer, George K. Illinois Genealogical Research. Self published, 1997. Includes types of records, research procedures, and county listings. FHL book 977.3 D27s
  • Szucs, Loretto Dennis. Chicago and Cook County: A Guide to Research. Rev. ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996. Ancestry is a trademark of Ancestry, Inc. (FHL book 977.31 D27sL.) Chapters describe record types and the major archives and libraries in Chicago and Cook County holding such records. Selected bibliographies are found at the end of some chapters.
  • Walsh, Diane Renner. Research in Illinois. Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2007.

Online digital versions of Illinois state resources can often be found by conducting a search engine search for "Illinois" plus a related word or phrase to narrow down the search (such as "Illinois Biography"). Similar searches can be conducted in specific resources such as Google Books.

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