Local History & Genealogy Room


 Hart Interim Library - 1st floor

Monday - Thursday:
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the Local History & Genealogy Room, call 815-965-7606 ext 618.

The Local History & Genealogy Department, part of the Adult Services Department, exists to provide materials and support for those interested in the history of Rockford and Winnebago County and for those who are doing research in family history.

The collection has over 9,000 volumes of books, plus materials on microfilm and microfiche. We also have some unpublished manuscript materials related to local history.

The genealogical collection is focused on materials from the United States east of the Mississippi River, particularly those areas people came from when they came to Illinois.

Rockford City Directories
Rockford High School Yearbooks
Maps of Rockford and Winnebago County
Illinois County Histories
Federal Census Materials
Cemetery Records
Genealogical Periodicals
Andrew M. Potter Collection: 471 volumes of 19th century memoirs, regimental histories, histories of campaigns and other materials dealing with the accounts of the Civil War

Obituary and death notice abstracts from the Rockford newspapers 1840-1869, marriage abstracts from the Rockford newspapers 1840-1869, specialized studies regarding the construction of the bridges over the Rock River in 1890, early history of the limestone buildings on S. Main Street, chronological account of Camp Fuller, the 1862 Civil War training camp, African Americans in Early Rockford, 1834 - 1871: Book written by local historian John Molyneaux. 

Need information on articles that have appeared in local newspapers? We may have exactly what you are looking for in our Rockfordiana file - a collection of indexed local newspaper clippings located in the Local History and Genealogy Room on the third floor of the Main Library. Just stop by and our staff will be eager to assist you. To request local history research, click here.