SSGHS Research Series

South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society Research Series

Books in the Research Series and Where the Trails Cross Quarterly are available at our library. You may pick them up in person and avoid the postage cost. The Cemetery Census Series is printed on demand and must be ordered.

Volume 1: The Greater Roseland Area of Chicago

Reprint now available. Newspaper extractions from The Calumet Weekly Index, 1909, plus histories of funeral homes, cemeteries and Masonic lodges in the Greater Roseland Area. Edited by Jan Helge. 101 pages. Pub. 1990.

Volume 2: Able-Bodied Men, Military Census 1861-1862

A list of able-bodied male citizens between the ages of 18-45 from these Cook County townships: Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Cicero, Hyde Park, Jefferson, Lake, Lake View, Lemont, Lyons, Orland, Palos, Proviso, Rich, South Chicago, Thornton, West Chicago, Worth. Edited by Kirk Vandenberg. 100 pages. Published 1990. Click here for a partial list of names.


Volume 3: An Inventory of Cemeteries in South Cook County, Illinois

Information given on each cemetery in the following townships includes where located and existence of records: Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Lemont, Orland, Palos, Rich, Thornton, and Worth. Edited by Jo Ellen Johnson. 105 pages. Published 1991.


Volume 4: Greater Roseland Area of Chicago Newspaper Extracts 1882-1894

Social and business news extracted from newspapers published in the Pullman and Roseland areas. Births and obituaries are included as well. Edited by Jan Helge and Paula Malak. 91 pages. Published 1992.


Volume 5: The Greater Roseland Area of Chicago (Public) Schools

A history of the Roseland Area public schools including lists of graduates, when available, up to 1905. Edited by Jan Helge and Paula Malak. 110 pages. Published 1994.


Volume 6: Harvey, Illinois Newspaper Extracts

Extracts from the Tribune Citizen, the Headlight and the Herald from 11 April 1891 to 11 January 1902. Contains births, deaths, marriages, obituaries, biographies of political candidates, etc. Extracted by Joan Alguire; edited by Paula Malak, indexed by Jan Helge. 80 pages. Published 1999.


Vol. 7: Extracts from the Fourteenth Annual Report of the Railroad and Warehouse Commission of Illinois

Contains historical extractions regarding the railroads and an alphabetical listing of injuries and deaths for the year ending June 30, 1884. Extracted by Paula Malak. 64 pages. Published 1999.


Volume 8: South Side Snippets, Lake County (IN) Times Extracts covering West Pullman, Burnside, Pullman, Roseland, Windsor Park, Dauphin Park and Kensington, IL.

Covers Oct. 1906 through June 1907 for the geographic area south of Chicago. Short columns cover church events, births, weddings, deaths, employment and business news, entertainment and sporting events, who was visiting whom. Extracted by Suzanne Long, indexed. 143 pages. Published 1999.


Volume 9: An English Translation of Chapters Two and Three from De byggde Järnvägsvagnar-emigranterna från Ryfors hos Pullmans i Chicago’ by Allan T. Nilson.

Allan T. Nilson’s book about the Swedish emigration to Pullman in the 1880s, written in the Swedish language , is aimed at readers in western Sweden where the majority of the immigrants originated. Chapters two and three were chosen for translation because of their value to the genealogical researcher in the United States. Translated by Raymond E. Johnson, indexed by Jan Helge. 30 pages. Published 2000.


Vol. 10: An Index to ‘The First Hundred Years 1835-1935 Historical Review of Blue Island, Illinois,’ written and compiled by John H. Volp.

Index of more than 13,000 names encompasses Volp’s early history of the region with family histories, histories of churches, business, schools, fraternal orders, social organizations, village affairs and more. Indexed by Kirk Vandenberg. Published 2000.


Vol. 11: Harvey, Illinois During World War II. Honoring the men and women from Harvey, IL. who served in the Armed Forces during World War II.

Extractions from the Harvey Tribune, The Gold Star Honor Roll, Letters to the Behind-The-Lines Committee, photos and newspaper accounts of the war years and an index of the 1026 letters written by Harvey service men and women. The index may be viewed at WWII Harvey Letters Compiled by Robert P. Roach. 81 pages. Published 2001.


Vol. 12: The Greater Roseland Area of Chicago – Svenska Evangelical Lutheran Elims Församlingens (Elim Lutheran Church) 1885 – 1900.

Extractions from the records (ca. 1885-1900) of The Elim Swedish Lutheran Church (113th & Forest Ave., Chicago, IL). The data consists of family listings, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, funerals, receptions and dismissal of members. Extracted by Jan Helge. 77 pages. Published 2004.


Vol. 13: The Greater Roseland Area of Chicago -Van Vlissingen School 1893-1999.

The 106-year history of the Van Vlissingen School as well as names of students from the first graduation class in 1893 to 1972. Some class photographs are also included. The school was located at 137 West 108th Place in the Roseland area of Chicago. Compiled by Robert W. De Young. Edited by Janice Helge. 131 pages. Published 2005


Vol. 14: The Old Blue Island (IL) Cemetery 1867-1935

The Blue Island Cemetery once stood in the area now known as Memorial Park. A plan for a new park included the grounds of the old cemetery so arrangements were made to remove the bodies. There are no known existing records for the cemetery. The history of the cemetery has been compiled from articles found in old newspapers and published histories. The names of those buried here had been forgotten until now. Compiled by Jan Helge and Kirk Vandenberg. 53 pages. Published 2006


Vol. 15: First Lutheran Cemetery – Blue Island, IL.

This active cemetery located in Alsip had its first burial in 1858. Records began in the 1930s. The cemetery has ties to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Blue Island. This cemetery reading was conducted by SSGHS volunteers. Compiled by Kirk Vandenberg. 94 pages plus index. Published 2008.


Other Books Available



Assumption BVM 25th Anniversary – 1928

An English translation of the book originally published by Assumption BVM, a Polish Catholic Church in West Pullman, Illinois.


Churches of the Greater Roseland (Chicago) Area

Histories of churches in the Greater Roseland Area. Compiled by Jan Helge and Paula Malak. 94 pages. Published 1988.


Some Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Prior to the Fire, 24 July 1871

Compiled by Joan Alguire. 31 pages. Published 1982


Pictorial Roseland

A reprint of Pictorial Roseland, which was originally published by the South End Business Men’s Association in 1907. 88 pages.