Wilmette Illinois Family History Center

About Our Center

The Wilmette Family History Center is the oldest 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 they've ordered from FamilySearch's extensive Family History Library catalog, to view films that are at the center including a large collection of Chicago and Cook County films, to use our computers to access premium sites like Ancestry.com and Fold3.com at no charge, and to ask our volunteer consultants for help using Family History Center resources.

Calendar of Events



We hold free monthly workshops. For detailed information about these upcoming programs, please see our Workshops Page.

Why Everyone Should Join a Collaborative Online Family Tree

Wednesday, February 4th, 7:00 pm — hands-on workshop

From FamilyTree to Temple — 10 Powerful FamilySearch Tips

Sunday, February 8th, 7:00 pm — hands-on workshop

FamilySearch Indexing Social

Tuesday, February 17th, 7:00 pm — collaborative indexing session

Genealogy Merit Badge Clinic

Saturday, February 21st, 9:00 am — hands-on workshop

Volunteering at the Family History Center

Our center is staffed entirely by volunteers, some from local congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and some from the community. If you have an interest in family history research and can spare a few hours a month, we could use your help! Please email our director if you're interested in learning more.