Genealogy Links


Patrons of the Princeton Public Library now have FREE access to from the library computers. Come in and log into our computers with your library card number to discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records.


This  is an excellent site that is free to use, with access to a huge database of resources for researching names and other extensive information, including articles, research guidance, the Research Wiki, forums, and online classes. It is user friendly and offers Live chats with a research support center. All resources are free including family tree & pedigree downloads. You can share research and preserve your family history in a pedigree resource file. It is a program that is broad enough for people of all nationalities to use to further their genealogy research.

Genealogy for Kids

Yes, this is on a how-to page for a playground equipment supplier, but this page provides many great links for kids and families who want to explore geneaology and put together a family tree.

Bureau County Genealogical Society

629 S. Main Street
Princeton IL 61356
(815) 879-3133 or (815) 303-7386
Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Open other times by appointment.

Bureau County Historical Society

They have both museum exhibits and a research library, with a focus on bureau County History. They also have a 17,000+ glass plate negative collection of photographs taken during 1860’s -1910 by Henry Immke, a local photographer; these negatives have been cataloged and entered into a searchable database.

109 Park Avenue West
Princeton IL 61356
Hours: Wed. – Sat. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A Guide to Researching the History of a House

On a topic that rubs shoulders with genealogy, if you live in a house that’s more than a few decades old, you might wonder about its history. HomeAdvisor provides a page of research sources, guides, and links to help you learn more.

Bureau County History and Genealogy Trails

This is a small local group that provides consistently updated and relevant records in regards to anniversaries, county history, photos, newspapers ,cemetery, marriage, birth, death, military and family history.

Illinois Vital Records

The Illinois Dept of Public Health holds birth, death, and other vital records collected by the Department that date back to 1916. If the event  that you are researching took place in Illinois and you are seeking a copy of the record, the county and circuit clerks may have the document on file.

The U.S. GEN WEB Project

This database is provided by a non-profit group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. Organization is by county and state, and this website provides links to all the state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Records of interest to genealogists may be found in all of the Library’s collections.  In addition to resources identified here as Genealogy, researchers may find pertinent material elsewhere in the Library including:

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Websites

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