Genealogy & Local History Online Resources
Genealogy & Local History Databases and Newspapers
Available Remotely (No Library Card Necessary)
- Archive.org Digitized books from the Hayner Collection, including yearbooks, Alton city directories, and other items.
- Illinois Digital Archives Alton Area Local History Collection Photographs digitized by the Genealogy & Local History Library staff.
- Branching Out Genealogy Webinars Created by the Genealogy & Local History Library staff.
- State Genealogy Research Guides Created by the Genealogy & Local History Library staff.
- Madison County Cemetery Maps
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Available through the University of Illinois Library (includes Alton).
- Elijah P. Lovejoy Films and Bibliography
Available Remotely with a Hayner Library Card
- Fold 3 Access military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
- Newspaper Archive Worldwide Newspapers, including the Alton Telegraph 1836-2012 and The Edwardsville Intelligencer as well as thousands of other newspapers from around the world.
- Alton Telegraph from NewsBank January 2020-Present Includes full-color newspaper pages from January 1, 2020–present, including today’s newspaper. Also includes text (no images) for the Alton Telegraph from 2007–present.
In-Library Use Only (Available at All Hayner Library Locations)
- Ancestry Library Edition World’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource.
- Alton Telegraph November 2012–December 2019 Not available remotely due to copyright restrictions.