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Find Your Family History in Illinois Newspaper Archives

If your family hails from Illinois, it is possible that your ancestors played a part in the rich and varied national and local history of the state. The Land of Lincoln and home to the Windy City played a foundational role in the burgeoning of the United States. Uncover new details about your ancestors who settled in the Prairie state through articles preserved in Illinois newspaper archives.

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Illinois Genealogy in Newspaper Archives

These genealogy resources contain obituaries, life-of stories, birth announcements, marriages, and much more. If you trace your roots of the "Great Migration" to the Windy City of Chicago, you might discover that your family members survived the devastating "Great Chicago Fire." Perhaps their voices were added to the growing clamor demanding better work conditions during the first American labor movement? Use Illinois newspaper archives to bring your family’s story to life.

Explore our vast database of historic newspaper titles. Search the pages of the Illinois Herald, the State Journal-Register, the Chicago Democrat, the Illinois Emigrant, and many others to find out who your ancestors were and what their lives were like.

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