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Genealogical Research Information


The Barrington Area Library has a collection of genealogical resources and local history. Of special interest are the family trees, cemetery listings, and town history by Arnett C. Lines, who left his papers to the library upon his death in 1970. A personal name index, listing of local residents in the Civil War, gravestone and other historic photographs, telephone books, Cuba Township records, including the Collectors Books, Cuba Township, 1885-1899, and a collection of materials from many local organizations and Barrington High School are available for viewing online.

Reference Databases

Ancestry Library Edition: Instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. Available only in the library.

HeritageQuest: Search for ancestors and relatives in the U.S. Federal Census records for 1790-1920. Find information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local histories.

Other Resources

Historical Newspapers | Internet Links | Research Assistance

Historical Newspapers

America's Obituaries and Death Notices: Newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the country.
Barrington Broncho: Full-page reproductions of the Barrington Consolidated High School newspaper from October 7, 1948-December 20, 1962
Barrington Courier-Review Index: News articles 1970-1978 and 1994-2006. Births, deaths, and marriages 1890-2006.
Chicago Tribune (Historical): Full-page and article reproductions of every available issue from 1890-1984.
Daily Herald Index: Articles from 1901-1964.
New York Times (Historical): Full-page and article reproductions of every available issue from September 1851-December 31, 2001.

Internet Links

Popular genealogy websites

Research Assistance

We will be happy to help anyone who comes to the library to examine our collection. You may also email your question to the library's reference staff. A service fee is charged to nonresidents who receive genealogical research by mail. The service fee is $20.00 an hour, divisible by the quarter hour, plus $.50 a photocopy. A minimum fee of $5.00 is charged. Copies of newspaper birth announcements, wedding notices, and obituaries will be sent if specific dates are provided.

Additional Assistance

Several local agencies that you may wish to contact are listed below. Enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request will help speed their reply.

Barrington Area Historical Society
212 W. Main Street
Barrington, IL 60010

Elgin Genealogical Society (Kane County)
P.O. Box 1418
Elgin, IL 60121-1418

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS)
P.O. Box 184
Crystal Lake, IL 60039-0184

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists
P.O. Box 148
Mount Prospect, IL 60056-9019

North Suburban Genealogical Society
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library
768 Oak Street
Winnetka, IL 60093


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