South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society

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South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society
South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  info@ssghs.org.

Website: https://ssghs.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ssghs.org/

Address:[1] 3000 W. 170th Place, Hazel Crest, IL. 60429-1174 USA
Telephone:[1]  708-335-3340.

Hours of Operation:  SSGHS Research Library hours. You may wish to telephone first to ensure that a volunteer librarian is available to assist you.

Map, directions, and public transportation

  • Public transportation:  CTA Pace bus route 359 stops two blocks west the the Library at Kenzie Ave and 171st St.

Internet sites and databases:

  • South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society basic information, library, education, research, databases.
  • Library Catalog Search online by title, author, date published, subject, call number, ISBN, publisher.
  • What's Inside census records, city directories and phone books, CD's, microfiche and microfilm, family history books and files, hidden treasures, historic maps, "how to do genealogy" books, newspapers, obituaries, pamphlets, periodicals like Where the Trails Cross, the SSGHS journal.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

This is a very good genealogical collection with local histories, genealogies, naturalization records, Pullman Car Works personnel records, obituary files, and church histories.[2]

Includes federal censuses 1820-1930, state censuses 1825-1865, Chicago directories 1871-1985, surname files, naturalizations, funeral homes, historic maps, Chicago and Cook County how-to-research books, local newspapers and obituary files, and periodicals from 72 genealogical societies.[3]

The society's areas of interest are:

South Cook County, IL: Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Lemont, Orland, Palos, Rich, Thornton, and Worth townships; and the Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods of Chicago.

East Will County, IL: Crete, Frankfort, Green Garden, Homer, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Washington, Will, and Wilton townships.

Services[edit | edit source]

  • Research Services: This Society covers southern Cook County (including the Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods of Chicago) and eastern Will County. Although we have material from the United States and many foreign countries, our library’s collection is strongest in Cook and Will Counties, Illinois, and Lake County, Indiana. Volunteers perform research services for a fee. For further information, please visit https://ssghs.org/services/research-assistance/
  • Pullman Employee Records: The Society maintains a collection of employee records from the Pullman Car Works located at 111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue in Pullman (Chicago), Illinois, one of the largest employers in the area. There are approximately 200,000 individuals represented in this collection. The collection does not include the records for all Pullman employees at all locations, and does not include records of Pullman porters. Information varies for each individual’s packet. It may contain only a name or an entire employee file, including birth certificate, military records, pictures, family relationships, work history, education and cause of death. A free lookup is available; copies of records are available for a fee. More information is at https://ssghs.org/tools-resources/pullman-employee-records/
  • A Master Cemetery Index, searchable by township, includes cemeteries that have been read by volunteers and published by the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society. There are many other cemeteries in the townships located outside of Chicago. However, only the cemeteries that have been read by volunteers and published by the South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society are included in this index. More information is at https://ssghs.org/tools-resources/cemeteries-by-township/
  • Cemetery Photo Service: For a fee, the society will take photographs that you request of tombstones located in our area of interest. We can also provide photographs of buildings or other landmarks of interest to you in these areas. More information is at https://ssghs.org/services/cemetery-photo-service/ The Society's area of interest includes these townships: South Cook County, IL: Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Lemont, Orland, Palos, Rich, Thornton, and Worth townships. East Will County, IL: Crete, Frankfort, Green Garden, Homer, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Washington, Will, and Wilton townships.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 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, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[6]
  • 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.[7]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us in South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society (accessed 6 April 2015).
  2. 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.
  3. Research Resources at the SSGHS Library in South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society (accessed 6 April 2015).
  4. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  7. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  9. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 41.
  11. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  12. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  13. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  14. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  15. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  16. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).