The first Saturday of October is General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Center will be open the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of October, that is, October 12 and 19.

First Tuesday Seminars

Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 PM, Wilmette Family History Center

"Records Update and the Advent of Data Privacy"
The pendulum is swinging wildly in the future of records access. More and more records are being made available and just as quickly being rescinded from open catalogues. Learn how the Global Data protection Act in the EU is affecting the US. and the fight over the "Right to be Forgotten." We'll look at laws in the US and EU as well as records that are becoming increasingly hard to obtain.

Presented by Suzanne Hoffman, a Center Volunteer, who has spent much of the summer attending genealogy conferences.

Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 PM, Wilmette Family History Center

Navigating Databases to Find Ancestors in Online Records in Poland” 

The ability to search for birth, marriage and death records in regions now in Poland has enabled research most of us never thought possible. But for many, these resources provide only a perplexing maze of random searches. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the primary databases containing parish and civil registry records in Poland, including those from Evangelical and Roman Catholic churches. It will include some examples from records in these databases used in conjunction with FamilySearch and, or with databases from organizations like the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe, the Poznan Marriage Project, and the Galizien German Descendants. Examples as well as suggestions to develop a search strategy will be given. Handout will be included; available via online link or printed if requested.

Presented by Sigrid Pohl Perry, Sigrid has worked with archives and special collections at Northwestern University Libraries since 1980 (M.A., Ph.D., NU); indexed Cyrillic, Polish and German parish records for The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe.

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.