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Whether you're doing local history research or your family genealogy, ChicagoAncestors is the spot for finding and sharing information about Chicago. Interested in historic Chicago neighborhoods, churches, buildings or events?

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Read our blog to learn about recent additions to the map. Also, be sure to check out the Tools page for helpful links to Chicago directories, historic maps and more. is project of the Newberry Library in Chicago. Support the library with a donation.

Use the Browse function to look at all the map points for a particular data collection or category. Data in ChicagoAncestors is organized into Collections (groups of items with a similar theme or source, i.e. Yearbook Collection) and Categories (i.e. education, transportation, religious institutions). You can also browse by tags or find all of the data entered by a particular user.

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