Lake County, Illinois Resources Online


Church Records

“Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church records,” Browse Chicago Archdiocese parish records from 1833–1925 on FamilySearch. Some indexing. These include Lake County’s Catholic churches. FREE

City Directories

Ancestry U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989

This collection has city directories for Waukegan. You can search them from the collection search box or browse individual directories. To look at individual Waukegan directories, go to the collection, then go to “Browse this Collection” on the right side of the page. Select Illinois, and then choose Waukegan from the drop-down box for county/city. SUBSCRIPTION

Waukegan city directory years in this collection:
1901, 1903, 1905, 1908, 1913, 1916, 1919, 1922, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960

County Histories

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Lake County (Chicago, Illinois: Munsell Pub. Co., 1902), SUBSCRIPTION

Historical and Statistical Sketches of Lake County, State of Illinois (Waukegan, Illinois: E. G,. Howe, 1852), Google Books FREE

The Past and Present of Lake County, Illinois. Chicago: Wm. Le Baron & Co., 1877, Google Books FREE


“Lake County Circuit Court Case Files Index, 1840—1898,” Illinois State Archives FREE

Lake County, Illinois Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Public Access System, 19th Judicial Court of Lake County FREE

Historical Societies and Museums

Fox Lake-Grant Township Historical Society

Grayslake Historical Society and Museum

Highland Park Historical Society

Lake Bluff History Museum Includes images of postcards, photographs, and letters.

Lake County Discovery Museum With links to the Lake County History Archives, Curt Teich Postcard Archives, and Lake County Objects Collection.

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society The website offers transcriptions of city and telephone directories for various years from 1903–1954.

Lakes Region Historical Society  Northern Lake County and Antioch

Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society

Wauconda Township Historical Society

Waukegan Historical Society

Zion Historical Society


Lake County, Illinois History (Blog) FREE

Illinois Digital Archives, Secretary of State FREE

Illinois State Archive Website, Illinois State Archives FREE


1861 Lake County Map FREE as a pdf or a download, paper copies are $5. Lake County GIS/Mapping Division


Lake County’s naturalization books (1856-1987) were taken by the state archives. The archives will keep the original books, but give the circuit clerk’s office images of them at an unknown point in time. It is not clear when the state will create the images of the records. So, at present, the circuit clerk’s office is unable to process any requests for naturalization records. The Lake County IL Genealogical Society’s index of naturalization records (1864-1920) and complimentary volumes are presently the only naturalization materials accessible to the public.

FamilySearch has started putting images of Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906—1991, online. These are browse only and not yet complete. FREE


The Antioch News, 1888-1988, Old Fulton NY Postcards. To see a list of newspapers on the site select the FAQ Help Index. If you click “Download This Index” (on the upper right) the index downloads as a spreadsheet and is easier to review. FREE

Antioch News, various issues; Internet Archive, also see Antioch News FREE

Antioch Review, 1998-2011, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Barrington Courier-Review, 1890–1903 (various) Barrington Area Library FREE

Barrington Courier-Review, 1996-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Cook County Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.), 1902, 1904-1910, 1919-1921, 1923, 1928-1930, 1934-1946, 1949, 1952-1954, 1959-1961, 1965-1966, [each year is not complete], SUBSCRIPTION

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.), 1995-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Deerfield Review, 1997-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Grayslake Review, 1997-2011, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Gurnee Review, 1997-2011, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.), 1902-1910, 1919-1923, 1928-1946, 1949, 1952-1978, [each year is not complete], SUBSCRIPTION

Highland Park News, 1997-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Highland Park Newspaper Index, 1874-2010 Online at the Highland Park Public Library’s website. FREE index, research fee for articles ordered.

Lake County News-Sun (Waukegan), 1997-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Lake County Suburban Life (Grayslake, Ill.), 2008-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Lake Forester, 1997-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Lake Villa Review, 1997-2011, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Lake Zurich Courier, 1997-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Libertyville Review, 1997-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Lincolnshire Review, 2000-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Mundelein Newspaper Indexes, 1999–2007, includes Grayslake Journal 2007–2008 Fremont Public Library FREE

Mundelein Review, 1997-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Vernon Hills Review, 1997-current, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Wauconda Courier, 2004-2008, recent obituaries, Genealogybank SUBSCRIPTION

Waukegan Public Library, Cemetery and Obituary Records Index FREE

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections FREE

“Newspapers on Microfilm,” Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum FREE

Various Resources

Lake County materials on Internet Archive FREE

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