2727 Lake Ave, Wilmette

Contact Information


Mailing address: 7120 Capitol Drive, Lincolnwood, IL 60712


Tuesdays, 10 am - 9 pm
Wednesdays, 10 am - 9 pm
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm

2014 Closures

Sat, Apr 5, for General Conference
Sat, May 24, for Memorial Day
Sat, Jul 5, for Independence Day
August: Open Saturdays ONLY
Sat, Oct 4, for General Conference
Tue through Sat, Nov 25-29 for Thanksgiving
Wed, Dec 17 through Sat, Jan 3, for Christmas/New Year

We may be closed if the weather is severe or if there are large-scale power outages. If this is likely, please call or check the website for up-to-date information before visiting the center.

Research Tools

Online Resources for Chicago/Cook Research (updated 7 July 2013)
Wilmette FHC Book Collection
Extended Loan Film List (updated 20 Dec 2012)

About Our Center

The Wilmette Family History Center is a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It is staffed by volunteers and open to the public free of charge. The Center is located in the church building at 2727 Lake Avenue in Wilmette, at the corner of Lake and Locust. If you park in the lot to the west of the building, the Family History Center entrance is on the right as you face the building.

Patrons visit our center to view films they've ordered from Salt Lake's extensive 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 subscription sites like Ancestry.com and Fold3.com; and to ask our volunteers for help using the Family History Center's resources.

Upcoming Events

Find Your Ancestor’s US Military Records

Wednesday, July 2nd, 7:00 pm — presentation & problem-solving session

Do you have ancestors who served in the United States Military? We'll give an overview of the various types of military records available and explain how to find your ancestor in them. A great way to celebrate Independence Day! Please RSVP at: www.meetup.com/wilmette-genealogy-family-history-meetup.

FamilySearch Indexing Social

Tuesday, July 8th, 7:00 pm — collaborative indexing session

Come join us for a fun, social evening indexing local historical records (e.g., Cook County Birth Certificates) to make them available for online searching. Never done indexing before? We’ll give you a quick introduction. Bring your laptop if you have one! Refreshments (pizza) will be provided.

Family History 101 for New LDS Members

Sunday, July 13th, 7:00 pm — hands-on workshop

If you’re wondering about your family history responsibilities and are eager to get started, this is the workshop for you. We’ll introduce you to FamilySearch’s Family Tree website, help you get registered, and explain how Family History work points you and your family to the blessings of the temple. There’ll be four kinds of cheesecake plus some healthier fare.

Scanning Old Photos/Documents to Your Online Family Tree

Saturday, July 19th, 10:00 am — hands-on workshop

Want to make your online family tree more interesting and engaging for your children, grandchildren and others? Attaching old photos and documents can help. It’s a fun and easy family project, too! We’ll teach you how and get you started. And there’ll be refreshments. :)

Order Films Online

Did you know? You can order microfilms online, pay the fees with PayPal or a credit card, and have the films sent to Wilmette (or any other Family History Center) for viewing.