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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.