Buffalo Grove Illinois Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Buffalo Grove Illinois Family History Center primarily serves Northern Cook County, Illinois, and Lake County, Illinois, but all visitors are welcome to use the Center.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 3075 N Buffalo Grove Rd  Buffalo Grove IL 60089  United States
  • Be aware that there are two locations that come up for this address.  The one that usually comes up first is in Wheeling. We are the second entry.  If the directions send you south of Dundee Road, you are going the wrong way.  We are located north of Route 22 and south of Route 45, on North Buffalo Grove Road, just east of the railroad tracks.
  • Location Map

Phone:1 847-913-5387

E-mail: IL_BuffaloGrove@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Wednesdays: 10am - 2pm;  6:30pm - 9pm
  • Saturdays: 10am - 1pm
    To enter the library, press the doorbell on the west entrance.  A staff member will let you in.

2019 Closing Schedule:

January 30, 2019: The library will be CLOSED due to the weather.
January 23, 2019: The library was CLOSED due to the weather.
  • April 6 (Saturday) - Spring General Conference
  • May 25 (Saturday) - Memorial Day weekend
  • August 10 (Saturday) - Special Closing
  • August 31 (Saturday) - Labor Day weekend
  • October 5 (Saturday) - Fall General Conference
  • October 9 (Wednesday) - Yom Kippur
  • October 20 (Saturday) - Special Closing
  • Nov 27 & 30 (Wednesday and Saturday) - Thanksgiving
  • Dec 18 through Jan 1, 2020 for Christmas and New Year's break
                    We reopen Saturday, Jan 4, 2020
  • Please call 847-913-5387 or visit this page before visiting because of the possibility of unexpected closures due to weather or other situations.

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings

Training meetings are held on the 4th Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Center Resources


Databases and Software

FHC Portal This center has free access to premium family history websites (listed below) that generally charge for subscriptions:
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Alexander Street Press
  • The American Civil War:
    Research Database |Letters and Diaries |Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera Social and Cultural History
    Women and Social Movements in the United States
  • Ancestry.com - Institution version.
  • Create your Who Do You Think You Are? Story, for free
  • Findmypast - Institution version.
  • Fold3.com
  • Historic Map Works - Library Edition
  • Kinpoint
  • MyHeritage - Library Edition
  • Access Newspaper Archive
  • Paper Trail
  • ProQuest Obituary Listings
  • Puzzilla.org - Premium Services
  • World Vital Records - All content has been added to MyHeritage.com (who purchased WVR).
  • ArkivDigital Online
  • LegacyStories
  • Ancestral Quest 14
  • Charting Companion for Family Search
  • Generation Maps Consultation Software
  • Get My Ancestors (allows download of ancestors on Family Search)
  • Family Insight
  • MagiKey Family Tree
  • Map My Family Tree
  • Open Office v. 3.4.1
  • Ordinance Tracker
  • PAF 5.2
  • PAF Companion
  • RootsMagic 6
Hardware and Equipment
  • Laser printer
  • Laser printer/scanner/copier - scanner will scan directly to your Memories Section on Family Search
  • Scanner
  • Micofilm/microfiche reader/scanner/printer
  • 5 microfilm readers
  • Microfiche reader
  • 6 patron computers

Center Services - Staff Names & Specialties

Darrell H. Wednesday 1st, 3rd, 5th  10am-2pm
• Eastern and Central United States – Historical information
• Ante Bellum, U.S. Civil War, U.S. Military
• Foreign Language – Some German
Wolfgang H., Co-Director Wednesday 1st, 3rd, 5th 10am-2pm
• Germany
• Can read legible German script
• Family Search
Linda V. Wednesday 2nd, 4th   10am-2pm
• General U. S. Research
Gloria H., Co-Director Wednesday 2nd, 4th 10am-2pm
• Chicago/Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Colorado, Arizona,

Missouri, Wisconsin, New York, Arkansas, Tennessee, Nebraska

• Norway
• Technical: Setup computers, Scan documents, Download and

install Family History Software, Transfer GEDCOM files

Maureen B. Wednesday 1st 6:30-9pm
• Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee
• Scots-Irish in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee
• Scotland, England, Ireland, Quebec
• Foreign Language – French, Latin
Dan N. Wednesday 1st, 3rd, 5th  6:30-9pm
• Chicago/Cook County Illinois
• Italy, Italian and Latin records
• Poland
Eve S. Wednesday 2nd, 4th   6:30-9pm
• General U.S. research
• Family Search
Wolfgang & Gloria H. Saturday 1st, 2nd, 4th   10am-1pm
See specialty areas on Wednesday entries above
Pat G. Saturday 3nd   10am-1pm
• Chicago
• minimal German, minimal Latin
Yvonne T. Saturday 3nd   10am-1pm
• Germany
• Can read legible German script
Christine S. Saturday 5th   10am-1pm
• Wisconsin, Illinois
• England, Germany
• Can read legible German script

Resources in the Lake County, Illinois Area

Lake County Genealogical Society
290 Evergreen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL
phone:  847-918-3584
Collection includes: Birth records 1866-1915,
Marriage Index 1839-1916, Circuit Case Files Index 1841-1898, Naturalizations 1864-1920, large obituary collection and much more.

Ela Area Historical Society
95 E. Main St., Lake Zurich 60047
phone: 1.847.438.2086

Long Grove Historical Society
3110 RFD, Long Grove, 60047

Zion Genealogical Society
2400 Gabriel Ave.
Zion, 60099.

Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society
413 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville 60048

Cook Memorial Public Library
413 N Milwaukee Ave.,
Libertyville 60048
phone: 1.847.362.2330
Has many genealogical resources and online databases.
Historic Millburn Community Association, Inc.
19610 W. Grass Lake Rd., Lake Villa 60046

Great Lakes Naval Museum Assoc. Inc.
Building 42, 610 Farragut Avenue, Great Lakes, IL 60088
Barrington Area Historical Society
212 W. Main St., Barrington, IL 60010
phone: 1.847.381.1730

Fox Lake Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 4, Fox Lake, IL 60020

Historical Society of the Fort Hill Country
432 W. Hillside Dr., Mundelein 60060, and
P.O. Box 582, Mundelein 60060

Newport Township Historical Society
Wadsworth Rd., P.O. Box 98, 60084

Grayslake Historical Society
164 Hawley, Grayslake 60030
phone: 1.847.223.7663

Lake County History Archives
See Lake County Discovery Museum below:

Highland Park Historical Society
326 Central Ave., P.O. Box 56,
Highland Park 60035

Lake County Discovery Museum
27277 Forest Preserve Dr., Wauconda 60084
phone: 1.847.968.3381

Warren Township Historical Society
4690 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee 60031
phone: 1.847.2639540

J.L. Raymond Research Center
Lilac Cottage, Bowen Park
1911 N. Sheridan Rd., Waukegan 60087
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society
361 E Westminster, Lake Forest, 60045
phone: (847) 234-5253
Wauconda Historical Society
711 N. Main St., P.O. Box 256
Wauconda, 60084

Lake Villa Historical Society
P.O. Box 519
Lake Villa, 60046
phone: 847-356-6100

Waukegan Historical Society
Haines Museum, Bowen Park
1917 N. Sheridan Rd., Waukegan
phone: 1.847.336.1859

Lake County Vital Records for Genealogical Research

Online Record Search - The indexes for birth, death and marriage records dated prior to January 1, 1916 may be viewed by the general public at the Lake County Clerk Website.

  • Birth records begin in 1871
  • Marriage licenses begin in 1839
  • Death records begin in 1877

Uncertified copies of birth records on file for at least 75 years and death records on file for at least 20 years are available for purchase at the reduced price of $4.00. These uncertified copies are labeled "For Genealogical Purposes Only".

Public Libraries in Lake County with Family History Resources

Antioch Public Library District
757 Main Street
Antioch, IL 60002
Phone: 847-395-0874

Cook Memorial Public Library
413 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: 847-362-2330

Deerfield Public Library
920 Waukegan Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: 847-945-3311

Ela Area Public Library District
275 Mohawk Trail
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Phone: 847-438-3433

Fox Lake Public Library
255 E. Grand Ave.
Fox Lake, IL 60020
Phone: 847 587- 0198

Fremont Public Library
1170 N. Midlothian Rd.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Phone: 847-566-8702

Grayslake Area Public Library
100 Library Lane
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-5313

Highland Park Public Library
494 Laurel Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: 847-432-0216

Lake Bluff Public Library
123 E. Scranton Ave.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Lake Forest Library
360 E. Deerpath Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: 847-234-0636

Lake Villa Public Library
1001 E. Grand Ave.
Lake Villa, IL 60046
Phone: 847-356-7711

North Chicago Public Library
2100 Argonne Drive
North Chicago, IL 60064
Phone: 847-689-0125

Round Lake Area Public Library
906 Hart Rd
Round Lake, IL 60073
Phone: 847 546-7060

Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Phone: 847-634-3650

Warren-Newport Public Library
224 North O'Plaine Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: 847-244-5150

Wauconda Area Public Library
801 N. Main Street
Wauconda, IL 60084
Phone: 847-526-6225

Waukegan Public Library
128 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847- 623-2041

Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Ave.
Zion, IL 60099
Phone: 847-872-4680

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Lake County, Illinois Genealogy wiki page

Lake County, Illinois Catalog Listing on FamilySearch

Illinois Genealogy wiki page

Illinois Records on FamilySearch

Illinois Catalog Listing on FamilySearch

Volunteer at the Center

We welcome Family History Center volunteers who have an interest in Family History.  Please come to the Center to speak with the staff if you are interested in volunteering.