Genealogy and Local History

GenealogyWaukegan Local History Page

Looking for an obituary or other past news article?

If you’re looking for an obituary that was published in a Waukegan newspaper, you can email a librarian to look up the obituary you’re seeking and send you a copy. This service is free! All we need you to provide is the person’s name, his or her date of death, and your contact information. You also may come into the library yourself to browse through past newspapers on microfilm and to print or email articles. Here’s what’s available:

  • Lake County News-Sun, 1845-1900 (This range has some gaps.)
  • Lake County News-Sun, 1900-present
  • Chicago Tribune, 1972-2000

Death Records from the Lake County Clerk’s Office

If you need an obituary but don’t have the person’s date of death, request a death record from the Lake County Clerk’s Office. Copies for genealogical purposes are available at the reduced cost of $4.

Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950

Use this database to find death certificates filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health between 1916 and 1950. Once you uncover an ancestor’s death certificate, come visit us at the library to search for his or her obituary on microfilm. This database is maintained by the Illinois State Archives in Springfield.

Zion Genealogical Society of Lake County

Find genealogical information for the communities of Waukegan, Zion, Beach Park, Gurnee, North Chicago, Park City, Wadsworth, Wildwood, and Winthrop Harbor at the Zion-Benton Public Library.  The society volunteers are at the Zion-Benton Library to assist on Monday mornings, from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon, and on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Looking for another community? See a list of Lake County’s genealogical or historical societies here.

Lake County Genealogical Society

The Lake County Genealogical Society (also known as LCIGS) is a great place to start the quest for your family history. Connect with other genealogy researchers and get tips on conducting your research. The Genealogy Room is at Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Please call 847-918-3584 to verify that one of the volunteers is on duty. Contact LCIGS by mail at PO Box 998, Mundelein, IL 60060-0998.