Genealogy and Local History

Genealogy InformationNaperville Digital Heritage Collection
Genealogy ProgramsNaperville Heritage Film Collection


Genealogy Information


Genealogy Programs


Genealogy Drop-in Help

Listed here are times when a volunteer from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society will be available in the adult services department to help any interested individuals who wish to obtain assistance either to get started on a genealogy project or to complete difficult genealogical research challenges.


Nichols Library Adult Services Department

              1st Tuesday each month             6:30-8:30 p.m.

              3rd Thursday each month           3:00-5:00 p.m.


95th Street Library Adult Services Department

              3rd Thursday each month              12:30-2:30 p.m.


Hunting Your Ancestors Medical Clues

Ever wondered what illnesses your ancestors may have had? Some of those answers might be right in front of you. Photos, census records, court records, and letters are just a few of the places those clues may be hidden. Presented by Jane Haldeman, president of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, 2013-2015.

Nichols Library Community Room, Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


A Powerful Free Online Family History Resource

FamilySearch®, a free website sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, provides family history researchers with access to original historical records from around the world, indexes linked to many of those records, an ever-growing genealogical “encyclopedia”, instructional videos and much more. Even experienced researchers often do not know how to tap the power of FamilySearch’s many databases and articles. Maureen Brady’s presentation will provide a “tour” of the website and will also discuss search strategies and helpful hints for organizing your research time at FamilySearch.

Nichols Community Room, Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m.


Genealogy: DNA Insights

The future of genealogy is here.  Genetic genealogy and DNA research have opened new doors for genealogical research.  However, a proper methodology needs to be utilized in order to maximize the potential of this new technology.  Learn about different companies that offer DNA tests to genealogists and how you can apply the results to enhance your family tree in this presentation by Genealogist Jason Kruski.

Nichols Community Room, Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m.


Please join us for monthly seminars on a variety of genealogy topics, which are listed in our program guide.


Naperville Digital Heritage Collection

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Launched in 2007, this online collection contains over 300 fully digitized books and images relating to Naperville and DuPage county history.  For more information about this collection, click here.


1886 Naperville Business Map

This map shows historical businesses in downtown Naperville, as listed in Holland's Business Directory from 1886. The text for each entry was taken from the business's ad, or the profession index, if there was no ad. Locations are approximate, based on the location stated in the ad.  Click here to see the original directory.


Naperville Heritage Film Collection

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Enjoy more than a dozen films about the history of Naperville from the comfort of your own home!