ChicagoAncestors.org is an amazing treasure trove of information if your ancestors lived in Chicago. Developed by The Newberry Library, you can not only lookup information based on an address, but by registering at the site, you can also become a contributor and share your family's Chicago history.
Here are some highlights of the site:
- When you enter an address or a street intersection, you can locate various items such as historic buildings, digital images of old postcards, even crimes that occurred within a radius of .5 to 3.0 miles.
- The Browse tab allows you to browse by category or by collection. Collections include:
American Terra Cotta Company
Chicago Neighborhood Research Guide
Chicago Tribute Markers of Distinction
Great Houses of Chicago
Historic American Buildings Survey
Homicide in Chicago
Jazz Age Chicago
New York Public Library Images
Roman Catholic Churches
- The Tools tab is filled with useful links including Address Conversion Tools, city maps, select Chicago City Directories from 1866 - 1923, and more!
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