Websites and Tools

Library Resources


Genealogical collection of more than 4,000 databases and 1.5 billion names.
-Available for in-house use at the library only

Frankfort News Editions Online 1973 - 1996
The Frankfort News, a community paper, published monthly by volunteers, was delivered to every address in the Frankfort area free of charge from 1973-1996. All 276 issues, 3300 pages total, of community news and information have been digitally reproduced and are available online for convenient viewing.

Newspapers Available in the Library on Microfilm

  • Frankfort Leader (Aug 1959 - Aug 1962)
  • Frankfort Phoenix Advertiser (Spotty Issues from 1903-06, 1908-1909, 1911)
  • Frankfort Time (Jun 1953 - Oct 1968)
  • Mokena - New Lenox Star Herald (Jan 1976 - Dec 1981)
  • The New-Bulletin (Mokena publication that includes coverage for Frankfort, New Lenox and Matteson communities from Aug 1919-Jun 1969)
  • The New Lenox Press (Feb 1956 - Dec 1969)
  • The Southwest Graphic (Jan 1970 - Dec 1970)

IL Newspaper Project

  • IL Newspaper Project The objective of the INP Database is to make all the information the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has discovered about Illinois newspapers available to you. It contains comprehensive information about the newspapers they've identified and catalogued, as well as titles they've preserved by microfilming.

IL State History Newsletters and Publications Online (listing not exhaustive)

National Newspaper Resources

Local Resources

Additional Resources (most are free)

  • AfriGeneas “AfriGeneas provides resources, leadership, promotion and advocacy for the mutual development and use of a system of genealogy for researching African related ancestry.” You can do surname searches on the site.
  • Board for Certification of Genealogists Learn how you can become a genealogy “expert.”
  • Castle Garden A database of immigrants who arrived in this New York port from 1820-1892, before the opening of Ellis Island.
  • Census Enumeration District Finder Can't find your person in the census but you know they are in there? This resource can help especially if you know where the person lived (street address).
  • This pdf step-by-step will also help (compiled by one of our loyal patrons)
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System A database that contains basic facts about servicemen who served both sides of the Civil War.
  • Cyndi’s List A directory of genealogy sites on the Internet, organized by category.
  • Ellis Island Database Free to search records. Create a free account (username & password).
  • Family Search (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) A searchable database. The Church has records of individuals in the billions from across the globe. You can search by collection or location.
    NOTE: Social Security Death Index records can be accessed here or through the Frankfort Public Library’s subscription to Ancestry.
  • Genealogy Trails
  • Irish Genealogy Search a wide range of record sources including civil records and church resources.
  • Legacy Family Tree FREE software to enter your family data, create reports, charts; etc.
  • National Archives
  • National Genealogical Society
  • Rootsweb, U.S. Town/County Database Records are often kept at the county level. This handy tool helps you determine the name of a particular county when all you may know for certain is the town or city name.
  • Social Security Death Index A database of people whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA) beginning about 1962. This can be helpful when you are trying to determine an exact, or close-to-exact death date of an individual.
    NOTE: May also be accessed through the library’s subscription to or
  • State Historical Societies
  • State Libraries & Archives
  • USGenWeb Project A volunteer-based resource. In some cases, a contact name is given for someone who may be willing to do a free lookup for you!
  • Vital Records Information Birth, marriage, and death records can be obtained at the county and/or state level. Date of records held vary, as well as the fees.
  • WorldGenWeb Project A volunteer-based resource. In some cases, a contact name is given for someone who may be willing to do a free lookup for you!