Our research library is open to residents and non-residents researching their family histories, their vintage home or local community events. 

Our collection contains books, documents, pictures, slides, probate records, newspapers, and census records pertaining to our Villages and their earlier residents, businesses and historic sites.

Research Library hours are Wednesday 2pm-4pm.   The Librarian and Librarian Docents are available for assistance or will do the research for you at a rate of $10.00 per hour.

Please call 847-428-6996. Leave your name, phone number and the date you called.  We will get back to you to arrange your visit.


For further information, phone 847-428-6996


  1. I am searching for cause of death info for mary Kelly and Catherine Kelly.buried in elgin ill oct 27 1933 and jan.221920.would this info be available?

  2. Colleen,
    You will probably have better luck contacting the Elgin Genealogical Society or the Elgin Historical Soceity. The Gail Borden Library in Elgin has a good collection of obituaries and newspapers.
    Good luck in your research.

  3. Thanks for your help.I sent for info thru the ill.dept of health records.Now I am looking for an old town map-1900 to locate greatgrandfathers land.

  4. Did they live in Dundee Township or in Elgin? Do you have an address?

  5. Mr. Gale,
    I have turned you request over to our library and will check with them. I personally am not familiar with the Kiddy Park.
    I will get back to you.
    Thank you for your patience.

  6. I’d like to know if the Dundee Historic Society provides any kind of financial assistance to restore the front steps of a plaque d home in West Dundee. They are completely broken and my son does not have the funds to repair this. The house could also use repainting but the front steps are becoming a safety concern. I was talking to someone from Elgin and they advised that the Elgin Historic Society does provide financial assistance to those that own these types of homes. Please let me know. Thanks so much for your time.

  7. Hi,
    My 2nd great grandparents were Heinrich (Henry C. ) Plinke and Sophia Golterman. There was a daughter Dorothea (Dora) T. Plinke. I am not sure if Sophia was her birth mother as I have located a marriage record for Henry and Sophia for 6 Dec 1858 in Kane County. They may have arrived about 1858 also. They lived in Algonquin before moving to Dundee. Where their son Heinrich Ludwig (Henry L.) Christian Conrad Plinke was born 25 Oct 1859. Henry C. possibly owned a mill in the area. And Henry L. was the owner of Plinke Furniture Store. At one time it was called Plinke Rakow. Henry C. passed away at an early age and Sophis married Karl (Charles) Nolte. Henry L. married Emma Christine Caroline Sickel. And Dora married William Fredrick Heine. Most of the family i buried in Dundee Cemetery West.
    I have been trying to find information on this family with no luck. I am wondering if perhaps you may have records that I might purchase.

  8. Sheila,
    I am forwarding this to our Library volunteers to research and reply to you.

  9. My great-great-grandparents are listed as living in Dundee, Illinois in the 1870 Census. Specifically, Wm. and Sophia Groff are listed as living at dwelling number 193 in that census, but I cannot discern from the census itself what the actual address would have been. Is there any way I can get any further information on a Wilhelm and Sophia Graf (the actual spelling of their surname) who were living in Dundee in 1870? I am interested in knowing where they resided, how long they lived in Dundee (I believe their year of immigration was 1867), and where Wilhelm might have worked (he is listed in the census as a “laborer”). Any information would be most appreciated! I live in Michigan, but have a sister who lives in West Dundee (totally coincidental–the Grafs moved to Chicago by the time of the 1880 census). Thank you!

  10. Hi. I’m looking for a photograph of my property during the 1970s. I live in Sleepy Hollow. Even an aerial photograph would do. Can anyone help me?

  11. A family mystery is a Dundee connection. My GGrandfather John Young (Johann Jung) came to America in 1866 at the age of 17 and worked for Alexander Duff in Rutland township. He was married to Johanna Moeller on 18 April, 1873 in Dundee. I would like to know what newspaper covered the Dundee Area at that time and where archives, if any, are maintained. I suspect John’s parents may have lived in Dundee and be mentioned in any wedding news. Otherwise I have no conclusive proof they came to America. If so, that would solve the Dundee connection mystery.

  12. Jill Brettschneider Cyrus

    looking to see if there is any records/archive of Dundee Township Police Dept. from the 1930-1940 era My Grandfather CARL BRETTSCHNEIDER is listed as Night Watchman with the City Police Dept. on the 1940 Census thanks

  13. I’m George and Dorothy’s son and spent most of my youth there. Can probably answer most questions and have some pictures. Others are on slides that I need to have prints made from.

  14. I was referred to you by District 300. I am looking for information about a time capsule that was placed in Oak Ridge School when either the main building or addition was built. Was this recovered when the building was torn down?

  15. The Daily Herald had an article on 05/31/1991 stating that the time capsule was never found. There were conflicting memories from people on exactly where it was supposed to be. District 300 sent an employee from their Buildings and Grounds department to go through the demolition site and break open cinder blocks for 6 hours and the time capsule was not found.

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