Starting your research

If you’ll be starting your research, write down what you know—names, dates, places—and choose a research goal before you make the trip. Seeing that information helps our consultants understand your search and makes it easier for them to assist you.

Need specialized help?

Each of our volunteers has a different set of skills and research experience to share. If you need help with something specific, e.g., reading German or Latin, finding Chicago records, learning how to find Polish records online, feel free to call ahead to see when someone might be available to assist you.

Looking for a place to eat?

If you’re planning to spend the day at the Family History Center, there are many places to eat in the area or you’re welcome to bring a lunch. Restaurants within a short driving distance include:

  • Corner Bakery, Five Guys, and Panda Express in Edens Plaza, a short drive West on Lake Avenue
  • Ridgeview Grill, a short drive East on Lake Avenue

There are also many sit-down restaurants in Old Orchard Mall and downtown Wilmette.

Interested in visiting other local research facilities?

The Family History Center is also convenient to other local research institutions including the Wilmette LibraryGlenview Library and the Wilmette History Museum, all within a short driving distance, and the Arlington Heights Library 30 minutes to the west down Lake Avenue. The Cook County Clerk’s Skokie Office (for vital records) is also very close.