Genealogy & Local History

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Ancestry A subscription-based genealogy research website with over 5 billion records online and more being added almost daily.

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GenealogyBank Discover your family history. This database offers access to over 3,600 fragile, rare newspapers, books and documents.
Heritage Quest Online A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources including U.S. census data, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, bank records, and more.

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Lake County Genealogical Society

The Lake County Genealogical Society Research Facility is located in the lower level of the Vernon Hills Village Hall, which is located at 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061. The research room is staffed by volunteers, so please call ahead (847-918-3584) before making a visit.

Find more information at the Society's website.

The Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society (also known at LCIGS) was formed in 1978 with the intent to assist those interested in researching their family history.

The website is always being updated so be sure to check out each one of them often.

  • What is available in old fashioned materials such as books, manuscripts, and microforms
  • Addresses for libraries and other repositories where these materials may be found, and
  • Relevant indexes, records or databases to help you determine which sources will be of help to you.


The Research Facility offers hundreds of periodicals, reference materials, microfiche and microfilm. More information about particular holdings can be found on the LCIGS website.
The collection includes:

  • Illinois Census records, including all Lake County records to date
  • Family histories
  • Lake County Probate Index & records (on microfilm)
  • Lake County Yearbooks
  • Quarterly Newsletters from across the country
  • An extensive Lake County obituary file

For those specifically researching Lake County relatives, Fremont Library has useful materials in its own collection in the main library.  See some of them on the library's Local History page.


The Society has monthly meetings with informative speakers on all aspects of genealogical research. The most recent list of topics and speakers can be found on the LCIGS home page.

Research Trips

The Society periodically offers trips to research facilities such as the State Historical Library in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. Information about any upcoming trips will be on the LCIGS website.


The Society also conducts an annual genealogical workshop at the College of Lake County. Several noted genealogical speakers conduct seminars and vendors offer genealogical material for sale.

See Workshop for more information.