First Tuesday Seminars

Because of the Independence Day holiday week, the July seminar will be on Tuesday, July 9 rather than the 1st Tuesday.

Tracking the Tribe; or, How to get around a wall when you can’t find the door  

This presentation provides examples from census records, immigration ship manifests, obituaries, newspaper articles, etc. to find ancestors' German roots in eastern Europe, though strategies would apply to research in other countries. The aim is to suggest ways to locate families separated by immigration and two world wars with resources available in FamilySearch and, combined with information in family documents.

Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 PM

Wilmette Family History Center

2707 Lake Ave., Wilmette

Our presenter, Sigrid Pohl Perry, and her immediate family immigrated to Illinois in 1952 while other members of the clan homesteaded on the Alberta prairie or remained in Germany. Sigrid has worked with archives and special collections at Northwestern University Library since completing her Ph.D. in English literature in 1981. She has been an active member, speaker, and board member of the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe for a number of years. In 2017 she represented SGGEE as a speaker at the first International German Genealogy Partnership Convention in Minneapolis.


The Family History center is now open the first and third Saturdays of each month in addition to our regular Tuesday and Wednesday hours.

Any Exceptions will be noted above and on our Facebook page.

About Our Center

The Wilmette Family History Center is the oldest and largest 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 from FamilySearch’s extensive Family History Library catalog  including our large on-premises collection of 10,000 films including  our complete Chicago and Cook County collection, to use our computers to access premium sites like, ProQuest, and at no charge, and to ask our volunteer consultants for help using Family History Center resources and to get started with family genealogy.

Our Family History Center is equipped with a new Microfilm/Microfiche reader/scanner/printer. You can now capture images on a thumb drive as well as print them or send them to yourself via email.