First Tuesday Seminars

The next seminar will actually be on the first Thursday, June 6, at the Wilmette Family History Center, 2707 Lake Ave., Wilmette.

Many of us are familiar with the piles of paper that accumulate as a result of our genealogy research. But what about the “invisible” digital clutter that accumulates while we’re researching? What are you doing to organize and keep track of those digital files on your computer? Learn how to organize and preserve your digital files, including family trees, digital documents, digital photos, and more.

The presenter, EvaAnne Johnson, has been a family historian since 1998, and is currently a librarian and ILL assistant at Wilmette Public Library and a volunteer at the Wilmette Family History Center. She completed her Master's of Library Science last year, and has a special interest in genealogy, local history, and digital preservation. She also writes for a historical society in DeKalb County, and on her blog,

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.