Midwest Research Resources

A few books and web sites to make your Midwestern search easier . . .

Books

Baer, M. Teresa and Geneil Breeze, eds. Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007.

DuMelle, Grace. Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. Chicago: Lake Claremont Press, 2005.

Szucs, Loretto Dennis. Chicago and Cook County: A Guide to Research. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1996.

DeBoer, Shirley M. NGS Research in the States Series: Michigan. Arlington VA: National Genealogical Society, 2008.

And, an example for the ambitious — what a historian learned from township records of Kalamazoo County: Gray, Susan E. The Yankee West: Community Life on the Michigan Frontier. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Web Sites

 

 

Allen County Public Library

 

Illinois State Archives

 

Indiana Genealogical Society

 

Indiana Historical Society

 

Indiana State Archives

 

Indiana State Library

 

Library of Michigan

 

Linkpendium

 

National Archives, Great Lakes Region

 

Newberry Library

 

Ohio Genealogical Society

 

Wisconsin Historical Society

 

Gary, Indiana, Resources

City directories available at various repositories:

1908, 1908-9, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1918-9, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1925-6, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964-5, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974-5