National Archives at Chicago

Great Lakes Region

Entrance for Genealogical and Historical Research at the National Archives in Chicago, IL.

Genealogy Workshop Schedule

We are pleased to announce that there are genealogy workshops scheduled at our Chicago facility. View our upcoming genealogy workshops:

Search Records Online

 Both the Chicago and Dayton facilities have public access computers with complimentary access to popular online resources, including:

Researcher Identification Cards

Before using archival holdings, researchers must present a researcher identification card.
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A researcher identification card is not required to view microfilm publications.


Temporary Construction Closings
The Microfilm/Computer Research Rooms will be closed on Monday, May 28 and will remain closed Tuesday-Friday, May 29-June 1. We should reopen on Monday, June 4. The Textual Research Room (to review original records) is available during this time – enter the main entrance near the flagpole. Thank you for your patience during our renovations. If you have questions or comments, please contact Douglas Bicknese, Director, at or 773-948-9001.

Changes to Record Group 147 / 163 Availability
Effective Monday, March 19, 2012 all records in Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1940- , and Record Group 163, Records of the Selective Service System (World War I), held at the National Archives at Chicago are temporarily closed while they are relocated to the National Archives at St. Louis.

The National Archives at Chicago has numerous records and other resources that can be used for genealogical research.

Types of Holdings

Microfilm Holdings

The Chicago facility has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogical research, among them:

  • Federal Population Census for all States, 1790-1930
  • Selected Military Service and Pension Records, and Bounty Land Warrant Applications
  • Passenger Arrival Records
  • Naturalization Indexes
  • Indian Census Rolls for Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Textual Records

The Chicago facility also has a diverse collection of textual records that can be of value for genealogical research, among them:

  • Naturalization Records
  • Federal Criminal, Civil and Bankruptcy Case Files
  • BIA Surveys of Indian Industry
  • World War II Draft Cards (for men born between April 28, 1877 and February 16, 1897)
  • Indian School Records
  • Soldier's Home Case Files
  • Alien Applications for Relief from Military Service (World War II)
  • Farm Ownership Case Files

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