Arlington Heights Memorial Library

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Arlington Heights Memorial Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  Contact Us e-mail form.


500 N. Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910

Telephone:[2]  847-392-0100.
Fax:  847-506-2650.

Hours and holidays:[3]  Mon–Fri 9am–10pm; Sat 9am–5:30pm; Sun Noon–5:30pm; Holidays.

Map, directions, and public transportation

  • Directions:[4]
    • from the north on I-94 (Milwaukee, WI):  Merge onto I-94 E toward US-41/Chicago (Portions toll). Keep right to take I-294 S/Tri State Tollway S toward Indiana/O'Hare (Portions toll), 3.6 mi. Take the Willow Rd exit, 0.4 mi. Keep right to take the ramp toward WHEELING/PROSPECT HGTS, 0.04. Merge onto Willow Rd/Palatine Rd and continue straight west bound, 5.8 mi. Turn left onto N Arlington Heights Rd, 1.5 mi. Turn right onto E Euclid Ave, 0.1 mi. Take the 2nd left onto N Dunton Ave, 0.03 mi. 500 N DUNTON AVE is on the right.
    • from the east on I-90/I-94 W/Kennedy Expy W (Chicago, IL):  Merge onto I-90 W/I-94 W/Kennedy Expy W. Keep left to take I-90 W/Kennedy Expy W via EXIT 43B toward O'Hare/Rockford, 5.9 mi. Keep left to take I-90 W/Jane Addams Memorial Tollway W toward Rockford/I-294 N/Milwaukee (Portions toll), 7.9 mi. Take the Arlington Hts Road exit, 0.4 mi. Turn slight right onto S Arlington Heights Rd, 3.2 mi. Turn left onto E Euclid Ave, 0.1 mi. Take the 2nd left onto N Dunton Ave, 0.03 mi. 500 N DUNTON AVE is on the right.
    • from the south on I-355 (Joliet, IL):  Merge onto I-355 N toward West Suburbs (Portions toll). I-355 N becomes I-290 W, 5.6 mi. Take IL-53 N toward Kirchoff Rd/North Suburbs, 2.7 mi. Take the Euclid Ave E exit, 0.4 mi. Merge onto Euclid Ave, 2.3 mi. Turn right onto N Dunton Ave, 0.03 mi. 500 N DUNTON AVE is on the right.
    • from the west on I-90 (Rockford, IL):  Merge onto I-90 E/Jane Addams Memorial Tollway E toward Chicago (Portions toll). Take the IL-53 N exit toward Northwest Suburbs, 1.1 mi. Merge onto IL-53 N via the ramp on the left, 1.8 mi. Take the Euclid Ave E exit, 0.4 mi. Merge onto Euclid Ave, 2.3 mi. Turn right onto N Dunton Ave, 0.03 mi. 500 N DUNTON AVE is on the right.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The local history and genealogy collection here is huge. They have printed genealogies, manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, special aids, surname folders and a great overall genealogy collection.[5]

Their collection includes books, extensive microfilms of newspapers, obituaries, Illinois births, marriages, and deaths, telephone and city directories, 1850-1930 federal censuses, and U.S. passenger arrival lists, local church records, and yearbooks. Their subscription databases include America's Newspapers, America's Obituaries, Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest, Milestone Documents in American History, ProQuest, World Vital Records, Arlington Heights History, Arlington Heights Wiki, and Daily Herald.[2]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[6]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[7]
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Illinois and Midwest U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[8]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[9]

Similar Collections

  • Chicago Public Library reference books, how-to-guides, histories, biographies.
  • Lincoln Library, Springfield, indexed obituaries, city directories, the Sangamon Valley Collection  has photos, yearbooks, histories, and maps for studying Sangamon and surrounding counties.</ref>
  • Peoria Public Library enjoys a large genealogy and local history department, including many indexes, DAR files, and basic genealogy resources for the plains states.</ref>
  • Urbana Free Library their strength is Champaign County history, but they have good basic genealogy for the entire United States including printed genealogies, manuscripts, family folders.</ref>

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Contact Us in Arlington Heights Memorial Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Genealogy and Local History in Arlington Heights Memorial Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
  3. Location, Hours, & Holidays in Arlington Heights Memorial Library (accessed 6 April 2015).
  4. Based on MapQuest.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 39. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  6. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  7. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  9. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  10. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.
  12. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  13. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  14. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  15. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  17. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).