IL: New and Improved Genealogy Center at the DANK Haus

Did you ever ask yourself what’s your family history? Do you have a great-grandparent’s obituary but no idea how to start your research? Have you started creating a family tree but have hit a dead end? The experienced genealogists can help! Make an appointment today and we will walk you through the resources, including the institution’s subscription

The 4th Floor Genealogy Center has books, printed guides, and online resources to help you begin or continue your research into your family history. While many of our patrons have German ancestors, we can help you research any ethnicity. Our institutional subscription to can provide answers where you’ve previously hit a dead end.

We offer one-hour appointments with our genealogist at the rate of $25. After your session, you are welcome to stay and spend more time in our Genealogy Center.

Appointments may be requested for Mon–Sat.

Book an appointment with one of our genealogists by sending an email to with a brief description of where you are in your genealogy research, and your desired date(s) for an on-site appointment. 

Stay tuned for upcoming themed genealogy workshops!

Book Donations FAQ:

What books are not accepted?

  • Our library will not accept books that have mold, water damage, or severe damage (ex. pages following out, large tearing throughout).
  • The library does not accept calendars, magazines, pamphlets, flyers, posters, dictionaries, textbooks, workbooks, or translations (ex. English to German translations). If these items are received with a donation, please note that they will be recycled.

What books are of greatest interest to your visitors?

  • We especially welcome donations of books presenting information about German immigration to the Midwest/Illinois/Chicago, genealogy, the German-American experience, history books, and contemporary German fiction.


Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

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