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The Library will be closed on Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27.

Events & Workshops

The library offers occasional genealogy classes. Check the events calendar for specific dates and times.

Library Resources

The Forest Park Review archives go back to 1917. Every newspaper is fully searchable by date and keyword.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
How-tos and creative ideas in arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids’ crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, and scrapbooking and papercrafts.

Recommended Resources

Research Your Forest Park Home Resource Guide

Castle Garden is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to a database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892.

Cyndi’s List

A comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Ellis Island Passenger Search

The Ellis Island Archive contains the passenger lists of more than 51 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members who came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York from 1892 to 1957.


FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization, supported in large part by the LDS, dedicated to connecting families across generations.

Illinois State Archives

Access Illinois state records including birth, census, marriage, military, death records, and more.

Newberry Library Genealogy Page

Learn about the Newberry’s rich collections of family histories, local histories, censuses, probate, deed, court, tax, cemetery records, military rosters, periodicals, genealogical guides, and reference works.

US Gen Web Project

Genealogical research resources for every county and state in the US.

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