Genealogy & Local History

Database Name Description Click to use at home Click to use at the library
Ancestry A subscription-based genealogy research website with over 5 billion records online and more being added almost daily.

Fold3, a product by, provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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.

Book an appointment with one of our trained librarians for one-on-one training and assistance with any of our databases or on-line services. Use our computers or bring in your own laptop. Call 847-918-3225 or stop by any of our service desks to schedule an appointment.

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 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.