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.
For more information about our center, including a quick overview of our holdings, please read our online brochure.
Holiday ScheduleWednesday, December 17th - Saturday, January 3rd — FHC closed
During the latter part of December, the Family History Center will be closed so that our volunteers can enjoy the Christmas holiday. Our last open day in December will be Tuesday December 16th. If you have any urgent needs for family history help before we re-open, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using Picasa to Make Genealogy-Themed Christmas GiftsWednesday, December 3rd, 7:00 pm — hands-on workshop
We'll introduce Picasa -- Google's photo management and editing tool -- and help attendees create family photo calendars suitable for Christmas giving. Please pre-register and request preparation instructions by e-mailing Cynthia at email@example.com.
FamilySearch Indexing SocialTuesday, December 9th, 7:00 pm — collaborative indexing session
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 will be provided.
Learn to “Find Your Cousins” with Descendancy Research ToolsSunday, December 14th, 7:00 pm — hands-on workshop
We'll help you "Find Your Cousins" on FamilySearch using the latest tools and techniques in descendancy research. If you'd like to have ancestors ready to receive temple ordinances for our January Stake Temple Day, this is the workshop for you.
What workshop topics would be most helpful to you? Drop us an email and let us know!
Polish Research Handouts
Many thanks to Justyna Cwynar for presenting her well-attended Finding Your Ancestors in Poland Using Online Resources workshop. You can access her presentation and handouts from these links:
Volunteering at the Family History CenterLooking for a fun way to get good at genealogy research? Have we got a deal for you! :)
Have you always wanted to get good enough at genealogy & family history research to be able to extend your family tree back additional generations? Becoming a Family History Center volunteer is pretty much guaranteed to help you do so. Let us know on our Facebook page if you’re interested www.facebook.com/wilmettefhc or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.