The library subscribes to two genealogical databases for the use of our patrons:
Heritage Quest - Provides access to U.S. Federal Census records, local histories, PERSI, Freedman’s Bank, Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application files, and the U.S. serial set.
Ancestry Library Edition (available for use only on library computers) - The library edition of the popular genealogy website Ancestry.com. This is our most popular database.
The library has all issues of the Granite City Press-Record from 1912 to present. Most are available on microfilm and can be reviewed using the microfilm machines at the Delmar Avenue library. Copies made from the microfilm machine are 10 cents per page. Issues of the Press-Record from October 2004 to present can be accessed through our Newsbank database.
A Note on Obituaries: Unfortunately, the library does not have an index to the microfilm of the Granite City Press-Record. If you do not have an exact date for a pre-2004 obituary, you may search for a death date using the Social Security Death Index. If you do not live in the area, the library staff will do look-ups of obituaries and send them to you through U.S. Mail. The cost of this is $3.00 per look-up. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 618-452-6238 to have a form sent to you.
Our Delmar Avenue library has many books that can assist you in your genealogical search. Most are part of the reference collection and can not be checked out. Here are just a few highlights of the print resources that are useful for researching local genealogy:
Madison County, Illinois Handbook for Genealogical Researchers compiled by the Madison County Genealogical Society
Newsletter of the Madison County Genealogical Society (1981 – present)
Cemeteries and Tombstone Inscriptions of Madison County, Illinois prepared by Joyce Meyer
A Complete Surname Index to the History of Madison County, Illinois, 1882 compiled by the Madison County Genealogical Society.
Family Bible Records compiled by the Illinois State Genealogical Society, Bible Records Committee
The “Show Me” Guide to Missouri: Sources for Genealogical and Historical Research compiled by Sherida K. Eddlemon
Index to St. Louis, Missouri Marriages, 2nd ed. compiled by Edward F. Mochel
In Illinois, vital records such as birth, death, and marriage certificates are general kept at the office of the county or circuit clerk in which the event occurred. For copies of these certificates, please visit the Madison County Clerk’s office either online or in person at 157 N. Main Street, Ste 109, Edwardsville, Illinois.
If you need copies of different vital records (ex. adoption, divorce) or vital records for Illinois counties other than Madison, visit the State of Illinois’s guide to vital records.
If you need copies of vital records from other states, visit the CDC’s guide to vital records.
Illinois Digital Archives – A repository for the digital collections of libraries, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions in Illinois
Illinois State Archives – Information about the archives in Springfield and useful links for genealogy
FamilySearch.org - Patrons may freely access the resources and service online (hundreds of collections—including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more), or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
ANCESTORS – Downloadable charts and records for use in genealogical research
Cyndi’s List - A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
ellisisland.org – Records of those who came to the United States through Ellis Island, including passenger records, ship manifests, and images of the ships. Searches do not require registration, but free registration is required to look at detailed results.
Find A Grave – Search 77 million grave records, some with images of gravesites.
Social Security Death Index – Search for dates of death and social security numbers by name.
Genealogy Gems – A variety of videos about family history research
Genealogy Introduction – Census Records at the National Archives – A video explaining how to understand and interpret census records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Other Local Resources