DOING YOUR LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH THROUGH THE LIBRARY

When doing research for these blog postings, I use a number of sources at my disposal.

There are wonderful online databases that the library subscribes to like Ancestry.com, Fold3 and Heritage Quest. Between them they give me access to U.S. census records, the Social Security Death Index and World War I and II draft registration records.

I can also find myself mired in the Daily Herald that goes back to 1905 and is available on Newspaper Archive. In addition, the library has digital access to historical articles in the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. We also have some other key newspapers that can be found on Access World News.

It just takes a Schaumburg Township District Library card and your PIN number to get into all but one–Ancestry.com–of the databases from home.

We also have good paper sources to use and these include a neat array of telephone books. They range from the Chicago white pages from 1936, 1944 and 1953 to phone books that cover the suburbs. We also have a nice number of phone books for the Schaumburg area. Here is the listing:

  • Chicago Telephone Directory: 1936, 1944 and 1953
  • Chicago Suburban Telephone Directory: 1958-1959
  • Chicago Suburban North Telephone Directory: 1961-62, 1964-65
  • Chicago Northwest Suburbs: 1982, 1983 on CD-ROM
  • Roselle: 1928
  • Roselle & Medinah: 1960-61; 1961-62; 1964-65; 1965-1966; 1968-69; 1970
  • Arlington Heights, Palatine, Mount Prospect and Wheeling: 1940
  • Bartlett, Roselle: 1948, 1949
  • Bartlett, Roselle and Bloomingdale: 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
  • Roselle, Bloomingdale, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg: 1982-1989
  • Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg: 1990-2000
  • Northwest Area, Schaumburg & Hoffman Estates: 2000-2004
  • Northwest Suburbs, Schaumburg & Hoffman Estates: 2007-2011, 2016
  • Northwest Suburbs (Business) Universal Publishing: 2000
  • Schaumburg & Hoffman Estates & Other Suburbs (Business) Yellow Page One: 1991-1992, 1996-1997
  • Schaumburg & Hoffman Estates & Other Suburbs (Business) Yellow Book: 2002-2003
  • Schaumburg & Hoffman Estates & Other Suburbs (Business) Yellow Pages, Inc.: 2003-2004, 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • Northwest Suburban Street Address Telephone Directory (SBC):  2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Haines Chicago Near North Suburban Criss-Cross Directory: 2010-present

There are also yearbooks from the three high schools in Schaumburg Township. We have some out on the open shelves and others in cabinets that have to be requested. This is a listing of those holdings:

  • Conant Conavite: 1966-2017
  • Hoffman Estates Halycon: 1974, 1979-1980, 1981-1983, 1985-2017
  • Schaumburg Shimmer: 1971-2017

In addition, we have records of three local churches:

  • Immanuel United Church of Christ, Streamwood: Microfilm from 1858-1988
  • St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church: Paper from 1850-1953
  • St. Peter Lutheran Church: Microfilm and paper from 1847-1974

I also make use of a number of plat maps, topographical maps, and documents that are in our collection. Take a look at our Local History Digital Archive to see what we have online. All of the maps and documents that you see on the Digital Archive are also available in hard copy. There are some topographical maps that are only in hard copy.

If you need any assistance with research on Schaumburg Township, I am happy to help.

Also, if you have any phone books or yearbooks to add to our collection, please send me an email. Phone books from 1960 to 1981 are desperately needed! Additional copies of certain yearbooks would also be welcomed.

This collection was largely begun around 2000 and continues to grow. If you are cleaning house and don’t know what to do with local photos or documents, consider the library. We may very well be interested and are just a phone call or email away!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org
847-923-3334

 

 

One Response to “DOING YOUR LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH THROUGH THE LIBRARY”

  1. Kimberly Gavurnik Says:

    I remember as a child having the same phone number but the area code gradually changing from 312 to 708 to 847 as Chicagoland grew.

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