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 EventsAdding 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-meetupFamilySearch 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.
- If you already have the film numbers, visit https://www.familysearch.org/films/ to place your order.
- If you're not sure of the film numbers, browse the Family History Library catalog first.
- If you have questions about ordering, this users' guide will probably answer them. If not, feel free to email us for help.