Galesburg Public Library

About the Archives

The Galesburg Public Library’s Archives & Special Collections, located near the adult services area in the Illinois Room, contains a research collection of rare books, original manuscripts, local histories, city directories, school yearbooks, newspapers, maps, photographs, and other materials reflecting the heritage and history of Galesburg and the surrounding area.

If you have questions about the archives, contact the archivist at


The library archives also houses the genealogy records and materials of the Knox County Genealogical Society, which are available for use by the public. Most genealogy material is located on open shelving near the microfilm materials.

A member of the Knox County Genealogical Society is available at the library to assist individuals doing genealogical research every Wednesday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The service is free and no appointment is necessary.

When using the Internet for genealogy, it is important to consider the source. There is often no way to tell if the information has been properly researched and accurately documented. You may want to view this information as simply a starting place for your own research adventure.

Here are a few good starting places for genealogy research on the Web:

Discover your ancestors with the world’s largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more online at (Only available from within the library.)

Cemetery Database for Linwood and East Linwood
A fairly new database with all of the people buried in the two cemeteries. Additionally, there are listings for the state cemetery for unclaimed people from the mental hospital as well as prisoners and homeless persons.

Christine’s Genealogical Website
Resources and information for African American genealogy research.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites
Compiled by Cyndi Howells, Cyndi’s list is one of the most comprehensive genealogy sites. See the Illinois section for links to online vital records, newspapers, immigration records, and more.

Ellis Island Records
Free access to the Ellis Island records; genealogy research tips and free downloadable charts and forms to organize your family history research.

Family Search
The Church of Latter Day Saints maintains this useful genealogy site. Among other things, it provides research tips and free access to the 1880 U.S. Census data.

Illinois Department of Vital Records
Search by county the Illinois Department of Health Database records for birth, adoption, marriage, divorce and death records. Years of coverage vary.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Formerly known as the Illinois State Historical Library, this is a repository for materials relating to the history and people of Illinois.

National Park Service Database of Civil War Soldier Records
Names and other basic information from the 6.3 million records of the National Archives about Civil War soldiers and sailors from both sides.

Part of the US GenWeb project, this site provides links to many resources for genealogy research.

Digital Image Archive

The library archives includes more than 12,000 negatives and prints. A selection of those images has been uploaded to the archives Flickr account. For more information about the photographs in the archives, visit the Using the Archives page.

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