History Center Research Tools
Browse through over 10,000 photographs from our museum collection.
Transcriptions of historic Lake Forest/Lake Bluff telephone books; very helpful for genealogy or house history
Highlights chronological milestones in Lake Forest’s past. (Published in 2011 in honor of Lake Forest's sesquicentennial.)
Find all the Lake Forest alderman, city managers, treasurers, city marshals and mayors and their years of service
Text from Lake Forest’s City Charter, approved in 1861, amended in 1869
1877 List of Lake County Taxpayers (selections from LF/LB area)
Includes name, occupation, and occasionally biographical information. Transcribed from The Past and Present of Lake County, Illinois, Chicago: Wm. Le Baron & Co, 1877.
History Center collections spotlight
A database of genealogical information taken from petitions for membership and degrees for Lake Forest Masonic Lodge 1026. (For petitioners born in 1913 or later, visit to access the complete archive.)
Old Forester, 1944-1945
Society newsletter written by Lake Forest young people during World War II.