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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.


Online Newspapers

Urbana area newspapers from 1822-1977 are now available to view online for free. Search by name, keyword, etc or browse through the paper from a particular day.   If you have problems viewing the newspapers, please refer to the Help section on the page.  We are in the process of having the newspapers from 1978-2014 digitized, please check back for updates.




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Now available on all the library's public computers and through the library's WiFi.


heritage questAlso 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