2727 Lake Ave, Wilmette

Contact Information


Mail to: 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
Wilmette FHC Book Collection
Extended Loan Film List (Dec 2012)
Films: Chicago Deaths Pre-1916
Films: Chicago Deaths 1916-1947
Films: Cook Deaths 1916-1947

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

FamilySearch Indexing Social
Tuesday, September 9th, 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 will be provided.

Free Access to Premium Subscription Websites for LDS Members
Sunday, September 14th, 7:00 pm — hands-on workshop

FamilySearch.org has recently partnered with subscription genealogy websites Ancestry.com, FindMyPast.com and MyHeritage.com to share records and foster better collaboration. As part of the partnership agreement, LDS members can gain free access to these sites from home. Come find out what this means for your family history efforts. And there’ll be refreshments.

Finding Your Ancestors in Poland Using Online Resources
Saturday, September 20th, 10:00 am — hands-on workshop

Justyna Cwynar is a regular visitor to our FHC and an experienced Polish researcher. She’ll be talking about the techniques and tools she’s found for uncovering ancestors in Poland. She’ll cover key online resources and demonstrate how to navigate them. You guessed it, there’ll be refreshments.

Volunteering at the Family History Center

Looking 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 il_wilmette@ldsmail.net.

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.