Genealogy & Local History
Need help researching a Champaign County Family? We can help. Please read the Research Request Policy prior to sending in a request.
To learn more about the library's local history room, please check out the links at the bottom of the page.
Microfilm Digitization Announcement
The microfilm of the Urbana area newspapers from 1820 through 1977 have be sent for digitization and are not available at this time. Please contact the library to check on the availability of the microfilm prior to planning a research trip.
We tentatively plan to have the newspapers available online in a searchable database by the end of this year. Please check this site for updates.
Now available on all the library's public computers and through the library's WiFi.
Also available at the library and at home...HeritageQuest Online which provides access to 25,000 family and local histories, the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files.
To access Heritage Quest from home, you must log in from the link located on the Champaign County Library's web page. You will be prompted for the barcode on your Champaign County Library card.
You are able to access select Champaign County area newspapers (along with other locations) online through Chronicling America