Research Databases

America’s Obituaries and Death Notices

The nation’s most comprehensive  collection of death records!

-Click Here to begin your search.


Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to all resources available through Ancestry.com and may be used from any library computer or from any personal device connected to the library’s wireless Internet.

Click Here to access Ancestry Library Edition from the Library computers or WiFi (This link will only work in the library)


Family Search

FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.  For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing – free of charge – genealogical records and is now the largest genealogy organization in the world. Click Here to visit Family Search.


Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection

This collection contains 129 newspaper titles, 150,215 issues comprising 1,560,385 pages and 6,887,660 articles including select editions of the Chillicothe Independent (1881-1885).  Since 2005, the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois has been developing unique digital newspaper content. The works collected here include digital facsimiles of newspapers and trade journals in a variety of fields. Users may search, browse, tag, and correct OCR text to improve searchability and access.  Click Here to visit IDNC


IVC High School Yearbooks

Also available is an extensive collection of year books from the Chillicothe Township High School and Illinois Valley Central High School. Click Here to view our online Yearbook Archive.


NewsBank Online Newspaper Archives

NewsBank has helped public libraries meet the diverse research needs of their patrons for more than 40 years. Currently, through partnerships with leading publishers worldwide, NewsBank provides public libraries with Web-based access to tens of millions of articles and video clips from local, state, regional, national and international news sources.

NewsBank’s fully searchable databases are consistently updated with the current, full-text content patrons require to stay informed on issues and events. NewsBank resources also include years of archives, enabling patrons to look into subjects from the past and track trends or developments from their origins.

-Click Here to visit the America’s News archives-

-Click Here to view the Chillicothe Times Bulletin-

-Click Here to view the Peoria Journal Star-


Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge. 

Digital Public Library of America 

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

Europeana Collections

Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items – books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.   Our dedicated thematic collections on artfashionmusicphotography and World War I contain galleriesblogs and exhibitions to inform and inspire. 

Other Resources

Chillicothe Public Library is proud to house a selection of historical newspapers.

We have physical copies of the Chillicothe Enquirer (1922 – 1927).   Also the Chillicothe Times Bulletin (1922-1980).

With the help of SEAPCO co-op student Megan Kelley, we have began to digitize this rare newspaper collection.

To date, we have been able to digitize the following year(s):

Chillicothe Enquirer     1922

The library also has the Chillicothe Times Bulletin on microfilm dating back more than 100 years.

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