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.

For more information about our center, including a quick overview of our holdings, please read our online brochure.

Upcoming Events

Cemetery Photos -- There's an App for That!

Wednesday, October 8, 7 pm -- hands-on-workshop

GPS-enabled smartphones make it easy to document tombstone inscriptions in local cemeteries. We'll introduce the BillionGraves app and explain how it can help you find your own ancestors or assist others in finding theirs. This presentation will prepare you for our cemetery trip on Saturday, October 18.

An Introduction to FindAGrave.com

Sunday, October 12, 7 pm -- hands-on-workshop

Cemeteries can be a surprisingly rich soure of information about our ancestors. Yet most of us don't have time to visit remote cemeteries in person. FindAGrave.com has "crowdsourced" the process pf potographically recording the inscriptions on tombstones in graveyards across the United States. Come learn how FindAGrave can help you in your family history research. Yup, refreshments.

FamilySearch Indexing Social

Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 pm — collaborative indexing session

Come join us for a fun, social evening indexing local historical records (e.g., Cook County vital records) 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.

What workshop topics would be most helpful to you? Drop us an email and let us know!

Cemetery Photo-taking Field Trip

Saturday, October 18, 9:30 am - noon -- Excursion to document a local cemetery

We'll meet at the FHC then carpool to St. Joseph's cemetery in Wilemtte (deparing at 10 am) to try out the BillionGraves app discussed in our October 8th workshop. You'll need a smartphone with the battery charged. Dress for the weather. We'll plan to go even if it's cold/raining/snowing. You're welcome to attend, even if you miss the October 8 presentation.

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:

Finding Your Ancestors in Poland Using Online Resources

Cyrillic Script

Workshop Links

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.