Genealogy & Local History Resources


Southern Illinoisan The Southern Illinoisan Archives:  Click here to search the Southern Illinoisan archives from 1993 – today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the SI. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.
Available at the library or from home.
African American Heritage African American Heritage
Service available at the library only.
Ancestry Library Ancestry Library
Service available at the library only.
Heritage Quest HeritageQuest
Access this from anywhere using your Carbondale library card. by Ancestry Illinois Newspaper database.
Service available at the library only.


Carbondale Remembered Oral History (Southern Illinois University Carbondale):

Family Search:

Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois:

Genealogy Trails History Group:

History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy:

Illinois State Genealogical Society:

Jackson County Historical Society:

The Internet Archive:

MyHeritage free family tree builder:

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project helps African Americans find Civil War-era ancestors


Our Genealogy Databases have been supported in part by the following:

  • Donations made in memory of Martha Huff. (2012)

We welcome any donations in support of our databases. Donations may be made to the Carbondale Public Library in honor of a person for their Birthday, Mother’s Day, Anniversary, or any other reason.

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