Power Course: Illinois Genealogy


  • You want to track down your ancestors in Illinois
  • You’re at a brick wall in your Midwest genealogy and are looking for a new research strategy
  • You have ancestors from Chicago and want tips specific to that city

Whether your ancestors were French explorers, members of the Chicago upper crust or survivors of the Great Chicago Fire, then this course on Illinois genealogy is the key to your research success. Both newcomers to the Land of Lincoln and seasoned veterans will discover helpful tools, sources and strategies to find their Prairie State ancestors.

Family Tree University Power Courses are designed to provide a concentrated dose of genealogy education on a single topic. Students have a week to go through approximately two hours of course material. In the time it takes to wash a minivan, you’ll boost your research and leave with new tips and tricks to help you find your ancestors.This course is self-led and does not contain any graded exercises, but instructors are available to answer any and every question you may post on the Discussion Board.


$39.99 ($35.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

7 Days

Start Date:

Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.


  • An overview of Illinois history, top websites for research and specific tricks for finding Land of Lincoln ancestors
  • Census and immigration information, what vital records are available, property value and the toll of early wars
  • A breakdown of Illinois counties, information on census records, probate records, historical maps and additional resources
  • Chicago genealogy essentials



  • Basic history of Illinois, regions and municipal structure, how and where to access records and where to go for further assistance
  • Top repositories for Illinois family research, fast facts and key resources
  • A breakdown of Illinois counties, record highlights, research tips and general resources
  • Chicago genealogy essentials, such as the Chicago Genealogical Society and Pritzker Military Library



  • This Power Course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy. The first course in our First Steps series–Discover Your Family Tree–will provide a helpful foundation for genealogy beginners.

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