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=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:'''<ref name="S1">Source 1.</ref>&nbsp;&nbsp;[[chicago.archives@nara.gov]]
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'''E-mail:'''<ref name="S1">"Contact Regional Archives Staff" in ''The National Archives'' at http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/contact/archives.html (accessed 30 November 2010).</ref> &nbsp;[mailto:chicago.archives@nara.gov chicago.archives@nara.gov]  
  
'''Address:'''<ref name="S1" />  
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'''Address:'''</ref>
  
:7358 South Pulaski Road<br>Chicago, IL 60629-5898
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:Regional Archives
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:7358 South Pulaski Road<br>  
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:Chicago, IL 60629-5898<br><br>
  
:T'''elephone:'''<ref name="S1" />&nbsp;773-948-9001
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'''Telephone''': 773-948-9001 <br>'''Fax:''' &nbsp;773-948-9050<br><br>
  
'''Fax:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;773-948-9050<br>'''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="S1" />&nbsp;&nbsp;Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Second Saturday of the month (View the Dates)<br>8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.&nbsp;Closed Sundays and Federal holidays
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'''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="S2">"Great Lakes Region in Chicago, Illinois" in ''The National Archives'' at http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/contact/directions-il.html#hours (30 November 2010).</ref><br>  
  
'''Directions, maps, and public transportation:'''<ref name="S1" /> &nbsp;{''Optional''} <br>
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:*Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. <br>
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:*Second Saturday of the month ([http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/contact/saturdays.html View the Dates]) 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. <br>
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:*Closed Sundays and Federal holidays <br><br>
  
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>
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'''Map, directions, and public transportation:'''<ref name="S3">"Great Lakes Region in Chicago, Illinois" in ''The National Archives'' at http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/contact/directions-il.html#directions (3 December 2010).</ref><br>  
  
*Repository Internet site ''{create a link for each bullet, and then give a line or two listing content so the reader will know if it is worthwhile to click on that link}.''<br>
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:*'''''For a map''''', [http://www.archives.gov/global-pages/larger-image.html?i=/great-lakes/images/chicago-map-l.jpg&c=/great-lakes/images/chicago-map.caption.html click here].
*Repository catalog online. <br>
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:*'''''By car:''''' The facility is about 5 miles south of the Pulaski Road exit on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55), 5 miles west of the 79th Street exit on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94), and 7 miles north of the Cicero Avenue exit on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
*Repository database. <br>
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:*'''''Public transportation:''''' Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus 53A (the South Pulaski Road route) stops at South Pulaski Road and West 75th Street. Passengers can transfer from it to other buses, subways, and commuter trains serving the Chicago area.
*other(s).<br>
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'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
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*[https://www.archives.gov/chicago/ National Archives at Chicago] list of states and records covered, services, genealogy and historical research, federal and Indian censuses, military, passenger arrivals, naturalization, court records, WWII draft registration, soldier home case files, FAQs, finding aids, and new accessions.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/global-pages/subject-index.html#g Genealogy] microfilm holdings, textual records, District Court naturalization records.  
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*[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/ Access to Archival Databases (AAD)] a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic records. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/ Archival Research Catalog (ARC)] the online catalog of over 63% of NARA's nationwide holdings. Searches by keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/ Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)] American history and government, archival administration, information management, and government documents for archivists, librarians, and the public.
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*[http://www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca/enrolment/ The United States Vessel Enrollments] for the Great Lakes region. The transcriptions are from a project that involved an attempt to transcribe all steamboat enrollments for Great Lakes ports prior to 1861, all vessels for Detroit and Cleveland up to 1861, and Buffalo up to 1841 are included in the file. The set includes 5741 enrolments in which just under 2000 individual vessels are named, over 6000 people were identified.
  
 
=== Collection Description  ===
 
=== Collection Description  ===
  
{''Please briefly '''describe the strengths and weaknesses''' of each collection for genealogists (about two or three sentences for smaller collections).<ref>Source 2.</ref> For example, explain the collection size, who (which ethnic, political, or religious groups) are covered, dates covered, jurisdictions covered, record types available, significant indexes, and any noteworthy record loss or gaps.<ref>Source 3.</ref>''}
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Serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Includes federal [[United States Census|censuses]], Indian censuses for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; Indian school records, [[United States Emigration and Immigration|passenger arrival lists]], U.S. [[United States Court Records|District and Circuit Courts]] in Illinois 1819-1982, Indiana 1819-1961, Michigan 1815-1961, Minnesota 1890-1957, Ohio 1803-1961, Wisconsin 1839-1961; bankruptcies, criminal cases, a multi-state [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|naturalization]] index 1840-1950, pre-World War I [[United States Military Records|military]] service, pension and bounty land warrnat records, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Corp of Engineers, General [[United States Land and Property|Land]] Office applications and registers, Internal Revenue Service, [[African American Research|African American histories]], fugitive slaves, and Great Lakes and inland waterways.  
  
 
=== Tips  ===
 
=== Tips  ===
  
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Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the National Archives at Chicago staff.
  
 
=== Guides  ===
 
=== Guides  ===
  
{''Optional: Internet or guide books describing this collection for genealogists. ''}  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/holdings/ Archival Holdings Guide] at National Archives at Chicago record group level descriptions of archival holdings including agency administrative history.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/ ''Federal Records Guide''] Search NARA's holdings of federal records at a very high level, to identify which record groups may have material about your research topics. [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/index-alpha/ Alphabetical index] to the ''Federal Records Guide''. [http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/tools/record-group-clusters.html Record Groups by topic clusters] in the ''Federal Records Guide''.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/public/index.html#bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Court Records Research] for the National Archives Great Lakes Region.  
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*Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, ''The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches'' (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988), 17-19. ({{FHL|630522|item|disp=FHL Book 977 A3sz}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17738169 WorldCat entry]. Describes each field branch collection, microfilms, services and activities. Each of 150 record groups of the archives is also described.
  
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
{''&nbsp;'''List''' (link to a Wiki article for) '''at least one or more other repositories''' that collect overlapping records, or similar family history material including central repositories, affiliated or branch repositories, higher level jurisdiction repositories, parent or daughter jurisdiction repositories. Also list neighboring repositories with similar records. Please briefly explain how each substitute repository is related.''}
 
  
 
If you cannot visit or find a source at the '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''', a similar source may be available at one of the following.  
 
If you cannot visit or find a source at the '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''', a similar source may be available at one of the following.  
  
'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>
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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
  
*Alternate Repository ''{create link for each, and give line or two describing collection}''<br>
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*[[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives I]], Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service &amp; pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html National Archives II], College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives at College Park, MD] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/contact/frc-dayton.html Federal Records Center], Dayton, OH, 750,000 cartons of records transferred for temporary storage from Federal agencies located in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/contact/frc-dayton.html Federal Records Center] Kingsridge, OH, serves the Memphis IRS Service Center and miscellaneous records from all other IRS Service Centers.
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*[http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/ Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum], Ann Arbor, MI, administration biographies and papers, institutional holdings. <br>
  
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>
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'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*[[National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)]], St. Louis, MO, military and civil services personnel records. For servicemen and servicewomen discharged from 1912 to 1953.<ref>William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 134. {{WorldCat|39493985|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Book 973 J54d}}.</ref> <ref>[http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/ National Archives at St. Louis] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 18 March 2014).</ref>
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*[[Family History Library|Family History Library]], Salt Lake City,&nbsp;450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.<ref>Based on updated statistics from [[Family History Library]] in ''FamilySearch Research Wiki'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>  
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*[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]], Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Illinois genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.<ref>[http://www.genealogycenter.org/docs/default-source/resources/aboutusbrochure.pdf?sfvrsn=2 Genealogy Center Collections] in ''Genealogy Center'' (accessed 27 February 2015).</ref>
  
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>
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'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*Cook County Clerk [http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/ births, marriages, and deaths online]
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*[http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/ Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court] recent probates, civil, criminal records.
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*[http://cookrecorder.com/ Cook County Recorder of Deeds] land records, military discharge DD-214s.
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*[http://www.cookcountyil.gov/medical-examiner/ Cook County Medical Examiner] suspicious or unusual deaths.
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*[http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/home/ClerksOffice.aspx U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois] recent civil and criminal court records.
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*[[Arlington Heights Memorial Library|Arlington Heights Memorial Library]] a huge collection, with printed genealogies, manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, special aids, surname folders—a great overall genealogy collection.<ref name="DB39">Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.</ref>
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*[http://www.spertus.edu/asher_cja/index.php Asher Library], Chicago, Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies 500,000 books, and films.
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*[[Chicago History Museum|Chicago History Museum]] 20 million manuscripts, letters, certificates, diaries, genealogy charts, log books, journals, memoirs, minutes, muster rolls, scrapbooks, sermons, speeches, and telegrams.<ref name="DB39" />
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*[http://www.chipublib.org/ Chicago Public Library] reference books, how-to-guides, histories, biographies.
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*'''''Chicago Title {{amp}} Trust&nbsp;''''' for a fee they search property records '''prior''' to the Chicago fire.<ref name="DB39" />
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*[[Newberry Library]], Chicago, Illinois, 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.<ref>[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy-and-local-history Genealogy and Local History] in ''The Newberry'' (accessed 27 February 2015).</ref>
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*[[Pritzker Military Museum and Library|Pritzker Military Museum and Library]], Chicago, 45,000 military history books, unit histories, photos, uniforms, equipment, insignia, and ships of many world militaries. They help genealogists.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pritzker_Military_Museum_%26_Library Pritzker Military Museum and Library] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 30 March 2015).</ref>
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*[http://archives.archchicago.org/Genealogy.aspx Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago Archives] parish records, priest biographies, sacramental, school, or orphanage records.
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*[[South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society|South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society]], Hazel Crest, a very good collection with local histories, genealogies, naturalizations, [[Illinois Occupations#Pullman_Car_Workers|Pullman Car Works personnel]], obituaries, church histories.<ref name="DB39" />
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*[[University of Chicago Library|University of Chicago Library]] plentiful historical records, including '''''Durrett Collection&nbsp;''''' of historical Kentucky and Ohio River Valley manuscripts of early people in the Ohio Valley.<ref name="DB39" />
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*[http://library.uic.edu/ University of Illinois at Chicago],&nbsp;biography, periodicals, newspapers, oral history, ethnic studies.
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*Repositories in '''''surrounding counties:'''''&nbsp; [[DuPage County, Illinois Genealogy|DuPage]], [[Kane County, Illinois Genealogy|Kane]], [[Lake County, Illinois Genealogy|Lake]], [[McHenry County, Illinois Genealogy|McHenry]], [[Will County, Illinois Genealogy|Will]] in IL, and [[Lake County, Indiana Genealogy|Lake, IN]].
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*[[Illinois State Archives]], Springfield, county/state records, pre-Chicago fire sources, indexed vital records, early land grants, military records, all fed/state censuses, surname card index.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.</ref>
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*[[Illinois State Library|Illinois State Library]], Springfield, state/federal records, federal censuses to 1920, plat books, IL county histories, Sanborn fire insurance maps, Rev. War pensions and bounty land warrants.</ref>
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*[[Illinois State Genealogical Society|Illinois State Genealogical Society]], Springfield, research guidance, teaching via webinars and the [http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com/ ISGS blog] for free, death certificates 1916-1947 for a fee. No research requests.<ref>[http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=123 Genealogy Committee] in ''Illinois State Genealogical Society'' (accessed 21 March 2015).</ref>
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*[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]], Springfield, HQ of [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/iradregn.html 7 regional archives] of local Illinois county/town records: birth, marriage, death, land, tax, voting reg., probate, naturalization, civil {{amp}} criminal court, coroner, poorhouse.<ref>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/adminhist.html Administrative Histories] in ''Illinois State Archives'' (accessed 30 March 2015).</ref> For Cook County see [[IRAD - Northeastern Illinois University|IRAD-Northeastern Illinois University]].
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*[[Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum|Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum]], Springfield, genealogy, plat maps, atlases, oral and county history, cemeteries, census, vital records, naturalizations in many counties.<ref>[http://www.illinois.gov/alplm/library/collections/printedmaterials/Pages/default.aspx Printed Materials] in ''Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum'' (accessed 30 March 2015).</ref>
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*[[John A. Logan College Library|John A. Logan College Library]], Carterville, this library is a focal point of Southern Illinois genealogy. Their collection is huge.</ref>
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*[[Lincoln Library|Lincoln Library]], Springfield, indexed obituaries, city directories, the '''''Sangamon Valley Collection&nbsp;''''' has photos, yearbooks, histories, and maps for studying Sangamon and surrounding counties.</ref>
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*[[Peoria Public Library|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>
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*[[Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Lovejoy Library|Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Lovejoy Library]] best library in southern IL with a large genealogical collection of newspapers, biographies, county histories, family folders, and maps.</ref>
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*[[Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center]], Rock Island, IL, Swedish church records, census, passenger lists, lodges, newspapers, directories.<ref>[http://www.augustana.edu/general-information/swenson-center-/genealogy Genealogy] in ''Augustana College'' (accessed 30 March 2015).</ref>
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*[[University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Main Library|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Main Library]] one of the best book collections in America, including county histories, and farmers registers. Think of it as another archives for Illinois.</ref>
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*[[Urbana Free Library|Urbana Free Library]] their strength is Champaign County history, but they have good basic genealogy for the entire United States including printed genealogies, manuscripts, family folders.</ref>
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*Repositories in '''''other surrounding states:''''' [[Indiana Archives and Libraries|Indiana]], [[Michigan Archives and Libraries|Michigan]], [[Minnesota Archives and Libraries|Minnesota]], [[Ohio Archives and Libraries|Ohio]], and [[Wisconsin Archives and Libraries|Wisconsin]]:
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*[http://www.in.gov/library/ Indiana State Library], Indianapolis, printed county histories, indexes, city directories, newspapers; microfilm vital, deed, probate, court, church, cemetery, census mortality index.
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*[http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection Detroit Public Library], MI, original, printed, microfilm historic and genealogical material.
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*[http://www.mnhs.org/collections/ Minnesota Historical Society], St. Paul, photos, maps, newspapers, railroads, Canadian history, fur trade, Scandinavians, American Indians, diaries, letters, and scrapbooks.
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*[http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/archlib/ Ohio History Connection], Columbus, 125,000 books, 40,000 newspaper microfilms, Northwest Territory, local and state government records, railroad photos, OH death index 1912-1937.
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*[http://www.pgsa.org/aboutPGSA.php Polish Genealogical Society of America], Milwaukee, WI, 60,000 books on Polish history, art, culture, reference.
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*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/genealogy/ Wisconsin Historical Society], Madison, pre-1907 vital records, federal and early state censuses and indexes, passenger arrivals, newspapers, land, probate, court, taxes, county and town records.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 12:26, 2 April 2018

United States
Illinois
Archives and Libraries
National Archives at Chicago
National Archives at Chicago
Natonal Archives at Chicago, Illinois.

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  chicago.archives@nara.gov

Address:</ref>

Regional Archives
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629-5898

Telephone: 773-948-9001
Fax:  773-948-9050

Hours and holidays:[2]

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Second Saturday of the month (View the Dates) 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and Federal holidays

Map, directions, and public transportation:[3]

  • For a map, click here.
  • By car: The facility is about 5 miles south of the Pulaski Road exit on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55), 5 miles west of the 79th Street exit on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94), and 7 miles north of the Cicero Avenue exit on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
  • Public transportation: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus 53A (the South Pulaski Road route) stops at South Pulaski Road and West 75th Street. Passengers can transfer from it to other buses, subways, and commuter trains serving the Chicago area.

Internet sites and databases:

  • National Archives at Chicago list of states and records covered, services, genealogy and historical research, federal and Indian censuses, military, passenger arrivals, naturalization, court records, WWII draft registration, soldier home case files, FAQs, finding aids, and new accessions.
  • Genealogy microfilm holdings, textual records, District Court naturalization records.
  • Access to Archival Databases (AAD) a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic records. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.
  • Archival Research Catalog (ARC) the online catalog of over 63% of NARA's nationwide holdings. Searches by keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.
  • Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) American history and government, archival administration, information management, and government documents for archivists, librarians, and the public.
  • The United States Vessel Enrollments for the Great Lakes region. The transcriptions are from a project that involved an attempt to transcribe all steamboat enrollments for Great Lakes ports prior to 1861, all vessels for Detroit and Cleveland up to 1861, and Buffalo up to 1841 are included in the file. The set includes 5741 enrolments in which just under 2000 individual vessels are named, over 6000 people were identified.

Collection Description

Serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Includes federal censuses, Indian censuses for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; Indian school records, passenger arrival lists, U.S. District and Circuit Courts in Illinois 1819-1982, Indiana 1819-1961, Michigan 1815-1961, Minnesota 1890-1957, Ohio 1803-1961, Wisconsin 1839-1961; bankruptcies, criminal cases, a multi-state naturalization index 1840-1950, pre-World War I military service, pension and bounty land warrnat records, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Corp of Engineers, General Land Office applications and registers, Internal Revenue Service, African American histories, fugitive slaves, and Great Lakes and inland waterways.

Tips

Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the National Archives at Chicago staff.

Guides

  • Archival Holdings Guide at National Archives at Chicago record group level descriptions of archival holdings including agency administrative history.
  • Federal Records Guide Search NARA's holdings of federal records at a very high level, to identify which record groups may have material about your research topics. Alphabetical index to the Federal Records Guide. Record Groups by topic clusters in the Federal Records Guide.
  • Bankruptcy and Court Records Research for the National Archives Great Lakes Region.
  • Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988), 17-19. (FHL Book 977 A3sz) WorldCat entry. Describes each field branch collection, microfilms, services and activities. Each of 150 record groups of the archives is also described.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at Chicago, 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.[4]
  • National Archives II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.[5]
  • Federal Records Center, Dayton, OH, 750,000 cartons of records transferred for temporary storage from Federal agencies located in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
  • Federal Records Center Kingsridge, OH, serves the Memphis IRS Service Center and miscellaneous records from all other IRS Service Centers.
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Ann Arbor, MI, administration biographies and papers, institutional holdings.

Similar Collections

  • National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis, MO, military and civil services personnel records. For servicemen and servicewomen discharged from 1912 to 1953.[6] [7]
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.[8]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Illinois genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[9]

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. "Contact Regional Archives Staff" in The National Archives at http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/contact/archives.html (accessed 30 November 2010).
  2. "Great Lakes Region in Chicago, Illinois" in The National Archives at http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/contact/directions-il.html#hours (30 November 2010).
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