Naperville Illinois Family History Center

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The Naperville Family History Center is OPEN. Appointments are preferred and will have priority. Walk-ins are welcome and will be accepted depending upon capacity at that time; please see the section "Hours and Appointments." (At this time, a face mask is recommended but not required.)

We can also offer assistance via email or by phone; please see the section "Things to Know Before Arriving."

Because of changing weather, please call ahead to make sure we are open; we will not be open during HEAVY SNOW or ICY conditions or any other severe weather.

We look forward to seeing you!

ABOUT US

Who We Are

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We are a Family History CENTER located in Naperville IL, which is a branch of the FamilySearch Family History LIBRARY located in Salt Lake City UT. Our mission is to help patrons begin or continue their family genealogy. We are staffed totally by volunteers and open to the public free of charge.


Stake Temple and Family History Center Directors:
Jim and Pam Van Alstin

Assistant Director:
Sherry Falbo


Where We Are

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We are located at 1320 Ridgeland Ave., Naperville, IL 60563

  • The Center is located in a church building just north of the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Naper Blvd, immediately north of the McDonald's.
  • In the parking lot, as you face the building, the Center's ENTRANCE is on the far left (east) side of the building and AROUND BACK (follow the signs).
  • When you reach the Center entrance (glass enclosed), ring the door bell and then pull on the door.
  • Location Map


How to Contact Us


WHEN TO VISIT US

Hours and Appointments

You may visit the Family History Center without an appointment; however, appointments are preferred since capacity is limited. Walk-ins are welcome and will be accepted on an individual basis depending on capacity at the time of your visit.

Appointments can be made for one or more of the time slots below:

  • Sunday and Monday closed
  • Tuesday......12-3pm and 3-6:pm
  • Wednesday.....3-6:00pm and 6-9:00pm
  • Thursday.....12-3:00pm and 3-6:00pm
  • Friday.......10am-1:00pm and 1-4:00pm
  • Saturday......9am-1:00pm

2022 Closures:

  • Sat 2 April; Sat 1 October.
  • Thanksgiving: Tue 22 Nov through Sat 26 Nov; reopen on Tue 29 Nov.
  • Christmas: Tue 20 Dec through Sat 31 Dec; reopen on Tue 3 Jan 2023.


Things to Know Before Arriving

  • Please bring your own USB flash drive to save any documents your might be able to download.
  • If you already have a FamilySearch account, please be sure to bring your user name and password. You will need it (and for any other accounts you may have, i.e. Ancestry, MyHeritage, etc.)
  • No food is allowed. You may bring your own bottled water.
  • No children please.
  • Because of changing weather, please call ahead to make sure we are open; we will not be open during HEAVY SNOW or ICY conditions or any other severe weather.


COVID

  • Face mask is recommended but not required as of May 27, 2022. If you are unvaccinated, it is preferred you wear a mask and social distance while in the Center.
  • This may change in accordance with local or government guidelines.

Remote Assistance

  • We can also offer assistance via email or by phone.
  • Please call or send an email and include your name and a contact phone number. Provide as much information as possible. Please include the film and image number, if you know it, and any other details.


Staff Research Specialties

Are you at beginner? Any of our staff can help you learn to do your own research. We also have some volunteers who can help with certain areas:

  • Every Tuesday: 3:00-6:00pm ask for Dan who can help with GERMAN and POLISH records, as well as Ohio, Kentucky, Civil War and military.
  • 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesdays: 6:00-9:00pm ask for Uschi who is fluent in GERMAN.
  • 2nd & 4th Thursdays: 12:00-3:00 pm, ask for Pat for help with IRISH and DANISH research.
  • Every Thursday: 3:00-6:00pm, ask Jerry if you need help with records from POLAND, GERMANY, NEW ENGLAND and the MIDWEST: Chicago Roman Catholic church records and passenger list records. He can help with translation of POLISH, RUSSIAN and LATIN records.
  • 1st, 3rd, & 5th Saturdays: 9:00am-1:00p, ask for Joe who can help with GERMAN and POLISH records.
  • 2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9:00am-1:00 pm, ask for Linda for help with ITALIAN records AND Stuart for help with UK 18TH and 19TH CENTURY records.

CENTER RESOURCES

Premium Sites

The Family History Center Portal gives us free access (using FHC computers) to premium family history software and websites that generally charge a subscription fee. Some of these include:

You can read more about premium sites on the Family History Center Portal page.


Microfilm, Microfiche and other materials

NOTE: The listings of films and fiche that can be found at the Naperville FHC is currently being updated.


The Naperville Family History Center holds over 2400 microfilms and thousands of microfiche on extended loan and can be viewed at this location by making an appointment.

Below is a listing of actual microfilms, microfiche and other materials available for viewing at this FHC:


You can no longer request a microfilm loan from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. That service was eliminated in 2017. Their microfilms have been digitized and can be viewed at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Only some of the films can be viewed in a Family History Center; and because of contractual obligations with the record owner, some records may continue to be restricted.


Hardware and Equipment

Hardware and Equipment at this Center:

  • 9 Computers
  • 1 Printer/copier Lexmark mx611dhe
  • 3 Microfilm readers, including one with high magnification lens
  • 1 Microfiche reader
  • 1 Microfilm/microfiche scanner (Minolta MS6000) that can save a digital image of a microfilm/fiche frame to your USB flash drive
  • 1 ShotBox for photographing 3-dimensional items


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Other Ways to View Records

FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries are an extension of the Family History Center; however access to records may not be as extensive. There may be a Family Search Affiliate Library in your area:

Other Family Search Affiliate Libraries can be found here: Link


Free Records Lookup Services

  • For records that are not viewable at home or at a Family History Center, FamilySearch provides a free Records Lookup Service.

Providing the film number and image number (found under Document Information) will expedite your request.


Other Resources

FamilySearch Webinars and Classes (continuously updated).


Other Links:


Volunteer at the Center

Additional volunteers are always needed and welcome. The first and foremost quality you will need to volunteer at the Naperville Family History Center is a desire to help other people to research their family history. You do not need any particular expertise in doing family history research; serving at the Family History Center is a great way to learn how. You also do not need to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Volunteers typically serve a 3-hour shift at least twice a month.

If you would like more information about becoming one of our volunteers, contact the Stake Family History Center Director at
630-774-9712 (please leave a voicemail with contact info).