Genealogy Resources
Search U.S. Census records from 1790-1930; Evanston city directories from 1890-93; immigration records; birth, marriage, and death records; and old telephone directories from around the country. Ancestry also provides research guides to help you in your quest. Some of them include Toolkit, African American Family Research, Immigration Records, Military Records Research, and even a guide to researching the Shady Characters on your family tree. is only available in the library.
HeritageQuest Online
Includes family histories, genealogical serials, local histories, the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930, and primary sources in full images.
World Vital Records
Learn more about your family history and genealogy by searching through more than 4.2 billion records.

Evanston Review
A guide to finding articles in the Evanston Review.
Family Search
The largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world. From the Church of Latter Day Saints Family history Library.
AfriGeneas: African American Genealogy on the Web

Evanston City Directories

Evanston City Directories are located in the Evanstoniana Room in the Reference Department, 3rd floor. These directories list names of residents alphabetically with occupation and names of family members living at the address. Businesses are listed alphabetically and by type of business. Most have reverse listings by street name and number.
The Evanston Directory 1880-1905 (missing 1885, 1887 and 1889)
Bumstead’s Evanston City and North Shore Directory 1909-1921
Polk’s Evanston City and North Shore Directory 1922-1939 (odd years only), 1948, 1962, 1963 (last year printed)
Directories also available online at the Internet Archive

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