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Research Sources
Gail Borden Public Library
Adult Services, 200 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120, or call (847) 742-2411.

Some of the resources available at the library include:
  • City directories dating back to 1872*
  • County and local maps
  • Deaths and marriages (indexed by Elgin Genealogical Society)
  • Early local and biographical publications
  • Federal Census (on microfilm, every 10 years)
  • Historic American Building Survey
  • Books on architectural style
  • Newspaper building reports
  • Old photographs
  • Pamphlet files
  • Sanborn Maps on microfilm* - 1887, 1891, 1897, 1903, 1913, 1950
  • Surveys and local studies

 
Elgin Area Historical Society
360 Park St.
Elgin, IL 60120
Ph: (847) 931-5943
  • Elgin probate records (archives under development)
  • Small fee required

  • City of Elgin
    150 Dexter Ct.
    Elgin, IL 60120
    Ph: (847) 931-5943
  • Sanborn maps
  • Subdivision plats
  • City directories
  • Building permits from 1920 to present

  • Recorder of Deeds / Kane County Government Center
    713 S. Batavia Ave.
    Elgin, IL 60120
    Ph: (847) 232-5935
  • Deed and grant indexes*
  • Property deeds*

  • Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
    1 Old Capital Plaza
    Springfield, IL 62701
    Ph: (217) 785-4512
  • National Register of Historic Places (listings)
  • Illinois Register of Historic Places
  • Illinois State Survey of Historic Places 

  • *Documentation required by the Heritage Commission

    Individual Sources

    If information is obtained from persons, attach:
    • Signed statement
    • Information that establishes them as qualified to attest to the historical and/or architectural value of the building