Genealogy & Local History

Online books, photos, articles, and other information about genealogy, local history research from across the country, and Woodstock history.

HeritageQuest: Includes the Federal Census (1790 - 1930) and 25,000 full-text genealogy & local history books.



AncestryLibrary is available for in library use only. Includes 2,750+ genealogy databases including birth, marriage & death records, church records, and military records, and the U.S. Census from 1790 - 1930. 


Look At Illinois website logo

Digitized Woodstock local history books from the 19th & 20th centuries now available on the LookAtIllinois website



Historic and current Chicago Tribune from ProQuest complete coverage from 1849 - present.



  • Woodstock Surname Index: A searchable index of Woodstock local history books, books are located in the library, many have been digitized and are available either on the site or using the library's HeritageQuest research database.
  • Illinois Digital Archives: A portal to online exhibits and collections from libraries and museums across the state. A project of the Illinois State Library. Additional online collections are searchable through the Digital Illinois catalog.
WoodstockPublicLibrary's Woodstock Illinois Historic Photographs photoset View historical photographs of Woodstock on Flickr: Woodstock Illinois Historic Photographs photoset
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