Wilmette Illinois Family History Center

Special Updates:

The Family History Center will be closed on the evening of October 31st. We will instead be open on the evening of November 1st. This allows us all to celebrate Halloween with our neighbors and children.

The ability to print from our Microfilm Scanner is temporarily disabled. Please being a digital camera or a handheld scanner (Scanner Pro app for phones works as well) until otherwise notified.

Please join us on November 7th at 7 PM for our First Tuesday Education Program. Our working title is: “Finding Records in the new Family Search Digital World.”

About Our Center

The Wilmette Family History Center is the oldest branch of Salt Lake City’s Family History Library in the Chicago area. It’s staffed by volunteers and open to the public free of charge.

Patrons visit our center to view films they’ve ordered from FamilySearch’s extensive Family History Library catalog, to view films that are at the center including a large collection of Chicago and Cook County films, to use our computers to access premium sites like Ancestry.com, ProQuest, and Fold3.com at no charge, and to ask our volunteer consultants for help using Family History Center resources.

Volunteering at the Family History Center

Our center is staffed entirely by volunteers, some from local congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and some from the community. If you have an interest in family history research and can spare a few hours a month, we could use your help! Please email our director if you’re interested in learning more.

Make Certain you Check out our Events Page for a Listing of our First Tuesday Seminars

Donating to the Family History Center

We are currently adding a significant volume of films and equipment to our Family History Center to create a complete library of Cook County and other local primary documents on microfilm.  Our Family History Center’s collection is the most complete Illinois source of Illinois records. FamilySearch (the software company affiliated with the Family History Library) will no longer be providing access to microfilm documents as of September 7, 2017. While more than 1.5 billion images have already been digitized, that is about half of the library of microfilm images that currently exist. Certain films and jurisdictions will not be available digitally due to changes in permissions and publishing restrictions. Cook County is one of the locales which had placed a restriction on image availability. Documents not already digitized nor filmed, will not be. Indexes will be available and then procurement will be through Cook County. Our goal is to acquire all the available already-filmed images of Birth, Marriage, and Death certificates that exist for Cook County. To do that, we will need assistance to augment our limited budget. We will gratefully accept any amount of donations, or the purchase of any films not already listed as being on location at our Center. For more details, see our page on The Replacement of Microfilm by FamilySearch, under News.

Call or E-Mail

847-251-9818 | il_wilmette@ldsmail.net