Genealogy Research - Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District

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Genealogy Research

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Ella Johnson History & Genealogy Research

The Tree Climbers genealogical group meets on the third Saturday of every month at 10 A.M. and welcomes genealogical conundrums. Visit their Facebook page at TreeClimbersGenealogy, likewise, come out and visit the group if you can.

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.

The entire collection of the Hampshire Register, Hampshire’s now defunct local paper, can be accessed here.

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.
  • Lynda – This is an amazing database that will help update your technology/photography skills and will help make you a more effective genealogical sleuth.

Please take a look at a more complete list of library databases.

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

Kane County History & Genealogy Research


  • Genealogy Trails has a page for the Kane County area which is always useful.
  • Kane County government has put together a section of their website that covers a brief overview of the history of the county from the time of territorial status through the present.


  • Hampshire Historical Society is the historical preservation group that focuses not only on the Hampshire, IL area but also has preserved some wonderful artifacts and documents from some of the local areas.
  • Tree Climbers is the once monthly genealogy group that the library hosts. They meet on the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. and help each other with genealogical conundrums.
  • Gail Borden Public Library has an incredible genealogy collection while also serving as a FamilySearch microfilm site.

Dekalb County History & Genealogy Research



  • Sycamore History Museum is a coordinated group of dedicated volunteers and professionals that strive to bring history and genealogy resources to life.
  • Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society focuses on Genoa, IL history both the preservation and display of their wonderful museum and collection.

State of Illinois History & Genealogy Research



American & Worldwide History & Genealogy Research


  • Project Gutenberg digitizes books that are out of copyright and makes them available for free.
  • Google Books digitizes books and makes them available for free or for a fee.
  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is a collective of genealogists helping other genealogists.
  • FindAGrave seeks to create a public database of graveyards.
  • GloRecords is the database provided by the Bureau of Land Management (Land Records Division) that provides original land record applications moreover the database holds not only the images but also plots the locations.


  • FamilySearch is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the largest such group in the world. Their records database is quite extensive moreover the wikis they maintain are an excellent genealogy guide.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a non-profit group which works to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

This is not a comprehensive list of links, merely a list of links that might be useful for local research.