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Hampshire, IL 60140
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Phone: 847-683-4490

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Friday & Saturday:12:00 pm - 6:00pm

Genealogy Research

Ella Johnson History & Genealogy Research

The Tree Climbers genealogical group meets on the third Saturday of every month at 10 A.M. Visit their Facebook page at TreeClimbersGenealogy.

Please also visit our Historical Collection page for local databases and physical material information.

If you are one of our patrons, please feel free to take a look at the Inter-Library Loan page and consider ordering some amazing genealogical materials.


Also, the library pays for several databases including:

  • Ancestry Library Edition – This is the worldwide edition of (in library use only).
  • HeritageQuest – This resource provides access to census, schedules, Freedman’s bank records and various other records. If accessing at home, the database may ask you to enter your library barcode to use it.
  • A to Z Databases – A reference and marketing database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. If accessing at home, the database may ask you to enter your library barcode to use it.


Hampshire Register Newspaper

The local newspaper ran from approximately 1884 through 2009 and has been digitized. It may be found here. For added fun, make sure you use these Boolean operators when searching the newspaper:

  • AND—between two words includes both words
  • NOT—removes the word after it from your results
  • “Put parenthesis around all of your words” to find all of them.
  • CTRL F on your keyboard brings up a search & highlight feature


Ella Johnson Memorial Library History

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