Genealogy & Local History

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Genealogy 101

If you’re just getting started researching your genealogy,┬átake a look at our webpage Welcome to Genealogy for helpful tips, forms, and links. We also have this information in a packet that you may request at the Service Center on your next visit to the Library.


One-on-one help

Do you have genealogy or local history questions? Consider requesting a Book an Expert appointment with our Genealogy & Local History Librarian, Nancy Gaynor.


Upcoming programs:

Stitching Together Memories
Wednesday, October 16, 7-8:30 pm
Inspired by her children’s favorite book, The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, local quilter and storyteller Deb Lindahl created a quilt from family clothing. Learn about Deb’s experience preserving heritage in this creative way. Register to attend.


Online genealogy library resources:

Ancestry Library Edition

Search in Library: thousands of worldwide genealogical record databases.

Fold3 Library Edition

Search from home: U.S. military records, including photos, stories and documents.

Heritage Quest

Search from home: thousands of records including census records and city directories.

Illinois Digital Archives (IDA)

Search from home: digital collections of Illinois libraries and institutions.


Additional online resources:

Family Search – A free personal account is needed to search thousands of worldwide databases. While many records are viewable from home, some have restricted access. CAPL is now an Affiliate Library and many of those records are accessible in the Library.

Find A Grave – Volunteers worldwide have contributed to this collection of gravesite memorials.

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.