Resources

Microfilm and Microfiche

Our center has a large collection of extended loan films including the Chicago/Cook County records listed below. Red type indicates a complete set.
 Indexes to many of these records can be found online. See our Chicago Research page for more information and on-line resources.

Cook County Birth Index, 1871-1916
Chicago Delayed Birth Index, 1871-1948
Chicago Birth Registers, 1871-1915
Cook County Birth Registers, 1878-1894
Chicago Birth Certificates, 1878-1915, 1916-1922
Cook Birth Certificates, 1878-1894, 1916-1922
Northwestern Hospital Births, 1896-1933
Chicago Delayed Birth Index, 1871-1948
Sam Fink’s Index to Marriages Mentioned in Chicago Newspapers, 1833-1871
Chicago/Cook County Marriage Licenses, 1871-1916, 1917-1920
Cook County Marriage Index, 1871-1916
Chicago Death Index, 1871-1933
Sam Fink’s Index to Deaths Mentioned in Chicago Newspapers and in Recorder’s Office Volumes, 1856-1889
Chicago Death Certificates, 1878-1947
Cook Death Certificates, 1878-1909, 1916-1922
Cook County Death Certificates, 1916-1947
Coroner’s Death Certificates and Inquests, 1879-1904
Out-of-town Death Certificates, 1909-1915
Archdiocese of Chicago Parish Records to c. 1915
Calvary Cemetery Interment Records
Chicago City Directories
Lurie Index of People in Chicago in 1937
Naturalization Records for Circuit, County, Criminal, Superior, and District Courts, years vary

Film and Call Number Resources in the Family History Center

Wilmette FHC Book List
Wilmette FHC Extended Loan Film List as of 2012 (We can no longer update this list.)
Pre-1916 Chicago Death Certificate Film Number List
1916-1947 Chicago Death Certificate Film Number List
1916-1947 Cook County Death Certificate Film Number List

We also have many international films from countries such as Poland, Germany, Lithuania, and England. Browse our card catalog at the Family History Center or, even better, check the Family History Library catalog to identify films of interest and follow the instructions at the bottom of this page to see if we have those reels.

Premium Websites

Our center’s eight computers offer free access to premium family history websites including the ones listed below. (This list may be subject to change.)

19th Century British Library Newspaper Archive
Newspaper Archive
Alexander Street Press (Civil War)
Ancestry.com
ArkivDigital Online (Swedish)
Find My Past
Fold3.com (military)
Godfrey Memorial Library
Historic Map Works Library Edition
Legacy Stories
 Paper Trail
World Vital Records

Order Films Online (prior to September 8, 2017)

Did you know? You can order microfilms online, pay the fees with PayPal or a credit card, and have the films sent to Wilmette (or any other Family History Center) for viewing.

How to Check Our Microfilm Holdings

Curious to know what we have in our extended loan collection? Here’s how to check.

  1. Create a free account at FamilySearch.org and set your preferred center to Wilmette.
  2. Log in at familysearch.org and use the Family History Library Catalog to identify films for your research.
  3. Click on a film number. You’ll be taken to the film ordering page.

If the message says, “The film you requested is already at your selected Family History Center,” then we have the reel and you’re welcome to visit the center to use it free of charge.

If it says “Available for Order” then you can pay to have the film sent to our center for viewing. The cost is $7.50 for extended loan.

In addition to Chicago records, our collection includes films of interest to patrons with immigrant ancestors from places like Germany, Poland, and Scandinavia. Check our card catalog when you’re at the center or use the search strategy described above to learn about our holdings.

Workshop Handouts are now accessible from the Workshop main page