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Where to Start

For the most up to date resources, please use the University's Online Catalog. The dewey call number for Cook County typically starts with "977.31". Some common subject headings for Cook County are:

Cook County (Ill.) --History.
Cook County (Ill.) --Biography.
Cook County (Ill.) --Genealogy.
Cook County (Ill.) --Maps.

If you have questions about using the online catalog or subject headings, please see How To use Our Library. We've provided a few areas below to start you off.

County Histories

Album of genealogy and biography, Cook County, Illinois : with portraits. 13th ed., rev. and improved. Chicago : La Salle Book Co., 1900.
Call Number: 920.0773 AL11900

History of Cook County, Illinois : being a general survey of Cook County history, including a condensed history of Chicago and special account of districts outside the city limits : from the earliest settlement to the present time / editors, Weston A. Goodspeed, Daniel D. Healy. Chicago : Goodspeed Historical Association, c1909.
Call Number: 977.31 G62HI1973

History of Cook County, Illinois. From the earliest period to the present time ... By A.T. Andreas. Chicago : A.T. Andreas, 1884.
Call Number: Q. 977.31 AN2H

Johnson, Charles B. Growth of Cook County; a history of the large lake-shore county that includes Chicago. [Chicago] : Board of Commissioners of Cook County, 1960-
Call Number: 977.31 J63G

Portrait and biographical record of Cook and Du Page counties, Illinois, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States. Chicago : Lake City Pub. Co., 1894.
Call Number: 920.077324 P838

Call Number: 977.31 W31h


UIUC affiliates or patrons using computers on-campus can access past census data via Heritage Quest.


Chicago suburban maps, Cook County, Illinois [cartographic material] / Central Map, Survey and Publishing Co. Chicago : The Co., c1891.
Call Number: F. 912.7731 C33C

Cook County (Ill.). Dept. of Highways. Township maps of Cook County, Illinois. [cartographic material] [Chicago, Ill.] : Cook County Highway Department, 1973.
Call Number: G4103S .C7711971.C6

Plat book of Cook County, Illinois. Rockford, Ill. : W.W. Hixson & Co., [193-?]
Call Number: 912.7731 H64P

Map of Cook County, Illinois [map] / compiled and drawn from record and actual surveys by W.L. Flower. [Chicago, Ill.] : S.H. Burhans & J. Van Vechten, 1862 (Chicago : engraved, printed, colored & mounted by Edw. Mendel)
Call Number: G4103.C7 G461862.F5


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Further Information

More information on can be found on our Web Resources Page as well as in the Illinois County Bibliography, which is shelved with 016.9773.

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