Genealogy/Local History

The Joliet Public Library offers the researcher of genealogy and local history a variety of materials.The collection includes:

  • Joliet newspapers on microfilm from 1846 to present
  • Federal Census population schedules for Will County on microfilm; 1840-1880; 1900-1920
  • Will County directories in print; 1859-60 and 1872-73. The 1872-73 index is also on microfilm.
  • Joliet city directories from 1875 to present, in print and/or on microfilm
  • Printed obituary indexes; 1915-18, and 1976-2012
  • Books about Joliet and/or Will County history
  • Will County atlases, and plat books
  • Joliet high school yearbooks
  • Necrology Reports of the [Will County] Old Settlers' Association

The materials listed above can be found in the Local History area of the Main Library located at 150 North Ottawa in Joliet.

Below are listed genealogy-related databases offered through the Joliet Public Library, and links to websites useful to genealogists and those interested in the history of Joliet and Will County.


Ancestry Library Edition


Online Obituary Indexes



African Americans



General Interest

Great Britain

  • Free BMD (Births, Marriages, and Deaths)




Western U.S.


Local History

Links on these pages are selected from lists found on ipl2 and from suggestions submitted by Joliet Public Library staff and patrons.