Local History Collection

*under construction*


The Sandwich Public Library provides access to microfilm copies of local newspapers spanning from 1878 - 2013. Microfilm may be accessed by the microfilm machine located in the library. If you need assistance to work the machine, please ask library staff. Microfilm may not be checked out for personal use; however, copies of individual pages may be printed for $0.20 per page.

Microfilm Definition: a film bearing a miniature photographic copy of printed or other graphic matter, usually of a document, newspaper or book pages, etc., made for a library, archive, or the like. - dictionary.com

Accessible Copies Newspapers via Microfilm:

  • The Sandwich Argus : Nov. 1878 - Oct. 1918
  • The Tri-County Today : Jun. 1976 - Sept. 1984
  •  The Sandwich Free Press : Jun. 1890 - Jun. 1976
  •  The Sandwich Record : Oct. 1985 - Dec. 2013




Obituary Reference

*Under construction*

Online Databases

Ancestry Library Editionancestrylibrary

Genealogy resource for birth, marriage, death, military records and more.

In-library use only.

Heritage Questheritagequest

Genealogy resource for census records and other resources.

Login: 14 digits of your library barcode.


Local History

Cyndi's List

Directory of genealogy and history websites. Also includes links for specific Illinois localities.

Dekalb County Illinois Genealogy

Explore local records that include cemetery listings, marriage/birth/death certificates, census information, family trees, newspapers, various organizations and more that will help you discover your ancestry and heritage.

Illinois Death Certificates 1916-1950

An archive for the retrieval of Illinois death certificates between the years 1916-1950. Can request and order death certificates from this resource. Very useful resource for genealogy research and history.

Illinois Digital Archives

A portal to online exhibits and collections from libraries and museums across the state. A project of the Illinois State Library.