What JPL has to Offer...The Genealogy/Local History collection at the Ottawa Street Branch, includes:
Researching Your Family HistoryVisit the Ottawa Street Branch and search items in our Genealogy/Local History collection. Microfilm copies can be made at no charge.
Library staff will search microfilmed editions of Joliet newspapers for obituaries, marriage and birth announcements, or other articles of interest. Due to the large number of pages published by Joliet newspapers, we can only do a search if you can give us the month and year that the event occurred.
Requests can be made by calling the Adult Services department of the Ottawa Street Branch at 815-740-2666, or by using our online Reference Request form.
Free Genealogy ResourcesThese free resources can help you build your family tree:
History of the Ottawa Street BranchCOMING SOON
Joliet History: Historic Summary of the Mexican Population in Joliet
This document was written by Navor Rodriguez and translated by Rebeca Ulloa and describes the history of the early Mexican population in Joliet. The author writes about social clubs, religion, the Depression Period and activities from 1905-1953.
Joliet History-Ottawa Street Branch Blue Prints
This collection of photographs from the Burnham side of the building, or the original 1903 building, showcases the original blue print plans.
Joliet History: Grand Masquerade Grand Masquerade
Photocopies of the invitation for the Joliet Library Associations "Grand Masquerade" on February 7, 1877. The event was a fundraiser to buy books for the library.
Joliet History: Postcard CollectionCOMING SOON!
This collection of post cards features many historic Joliet elements including the I&M Canal, Old Jefferson Street Bridge and of course the Joliet Public Library.
Joliet History: Tour Brochures
This collection features information brochures and literature from different organizations in Joliet collected over the years.
Catholic Diocese of Joliet
16555 Weber Rd, Crest Hill, IL
St. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery
St. John's Cemetery
St. Joseph's Cemetery
St. Patrick's Cemetery
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Family Service Center
1320 E. Cass St.
Joliet CemeteriesOakwood Cemetery
St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery
1024 E. Cass Street
St. Peter Lutheran Church
310-350 N. Broadway St.
Woodlawn Memorial Park I
2306 W. Jefferson Street
Woodlawn Memorial Park II (Hills of Rest Cemetery)
Mon-Thurs: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fri/Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun: 1-5 p.m.