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

Adding New Tools to Your Research Toolkit

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

We’ll look at three great places you can go to get up to speed on research techniques and record groups that are new to you. Then we’ll apply what we learn to attendees’ research roadblocks. Please RSVP at: www.meetup.com/wilmette-genealogy-family-history-meetup

FamilySearch Indexing Party

Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 pm — collaborative indexing session

Come join us for a fun, social evening indexing local historical records (e.g., Cook County Death Certificates) to make them available for online searching. Refreshments (probably pizza!) will be provided.

Keep Calm and Cite Your Sources

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

New tools make it easier than ever to attach FamilySearch records to your ancestors on FamilyTree — come learn how! Refreshments will be served.

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.