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Genealogy and Local History
House Histories

IV. How Can the Library Help Me Here?

Genealogy/Local History Databases:

The first entry on the Genealogy Databases page is for the “Aurora
Genealogy” database which may have information about some of the past residents of your home.

The next two databases, “Aurora Master Plots” and the “Beacon Obituary Index” give information on death dates and burial sites.  Having this kind of data can help track down contemporary news accounts on the passings of people who lived in your house.  While these databases are far from complete, each contains more than 30,000 entries to date, and more notations are added as time permits.

The last database is for the “Now and Then” collection. The “Now and Then” column was a regular feature of the Aurora Beacon News and contains articles on several prominent Aurorans, and various other kinds of historical information. These articles have been indexed, and are searchable online from the comfort of your home.

In the past year, we have added the “Beacon Obituary Index.,” which includes more than 40,000 entries on local deaths from the original newspapers. While far from complete, this source may give you dates to find the death notices of a particular person.

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