Genealogy & Local History

Upcoming Genealogy Events:

White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race & Racial Passing

Sunday, November 19, 2-3:30 pm Mystery author, Gail Lukasik, will discuss her book White Like Her, as well as her ...
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Sunday, October 22, 2-3:30 pm Join local genealogy enthusiasts as we share our expertise. Bring your own laptop or use ...
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GIG after hours

Cary Area Public Library Meeting Room Date: 9/8/2017 Start Time: 5:00 PM End Time: 8:00 PM Many of the records ...
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Online Genealogy Library Resources:

Ancestry Library Edition

Available In Library Only! Search genealogical documents including census, immigration, birth, and death records.


Access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of veterans.

Heritage Quest

Search genealogical documents: city directories, census, immigration, and death records.

Illinois Digital Archives

Digital archives of local and regional history. Includes Cary Cemetery gravestone photos.

Additional Online Resources:

Family Search

Find A Grave

McHenry County Genealogical Society

Illinois Genealogical Society

Local History Collection:

Items in our local history collection include Cary-Grove High School yearbooks (years 1968, 1972-present), Cary veteran photo compilation, Cary Garden Club records, Cary Cemetary gravestone photos, and more.