Lakes Region Historical Society

Meeting House Archives

Today, for those seeking historical information, we have many online options; sources placed there by large institutions or groups. All good researchers know that they should never overlook the LOCAL resources housed in small libraries and archives.  

The Lakes Region Historical Society began collecting its archival materials in 1980 and we are fortunate to have many data files which can be found nowhere else! 

The following is a partial list of our resources. Some have been digitized, such as high school annuals and newspapers, but here you may find the hard copies.

Family & Local History

Research Services

Available at the Meeting House by Appointment
Donations for research are highly appreciated.


Browse our resources

Family Files & Genealogy

Explore the photos, family histories, scrapbooks, and diaries of the families of Antioch. Donations are welcomed for Family Genealogy research.

Local Postcards

Very extensive collection of real photo postcards including Antioch’s Main Street, early photos of the resorts on the Chain O’ Lakes, and cards from neighboring towns in Lake, Kenosha and McHenry counties.

Lake County, Illinois

Explore historical biographies and genealogies as well as histories of the surrounding communities and counties.

Maps & Atlases

Antioch maps going back as early as 1861 and 1873, Lake County Atlases going back to 1885  – plat maps, waterway maps, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.

Antioch School Records

Photos, yearbooks, and memorabilia from Antioch High School, Antioch Grade School, Emmons, Antioch Upper Grade, Petty, Grass Lake School, Channel Lake School, and more.

Antioch News & Local Magazines

Browse copies of the Antioch News, published since 1888.

House Histories

Donations are welcomed for research on your house history!

Local Businesses

Lots of old advertising from the local businesses in Antioch. Also lots of documents pertaining to Antioch Clubs and Organizations.

Military Records

Civil War records and more!


Early history of the United Methodist Church of Antioch (extensive obituary listings), St. Peter Church, and St. Ignatius.

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Celebrating Antioch, Illinois: Past & Present