Champaign 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.



Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 604 W  Windsor Rd.  Champaign, IL 61820  United States
  • We are located in the LDS Church building itself.
  • Park on the east side of the building by a small patio area.
  • Enter the first door on the left and turn left again to enter the Family History Center.
  • Location Map

Phone: (217) 352-8063

E-mail:  il_champaign@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Wednesday 7pm - 9pm
  • Friday 9am - 11 am
  • Or by appointment please call 217-344-3866 or 217-390-6252

Holiday Schedule:

  • Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Closed December 19 thru January 6th



Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings


Center Resources

Collections

  • The Champaign Illinois Family History Center has a small lending library of around 300 books relating to genealogy.  Many of these items are also available for download via the Family History Library. Patrons may borrow up to 2 books at a time, for a period of four (4) weeks.  Some few books are reserved for center use only, these are noted by cards which specify 'Room Use Only.'  when borrowing items, patrons are requested to provide name, phone, e-mail and home address.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. 

Hardware and Equipment

  • Four Windows PCs with networked printer
  • Two microfiche readers
  • Three microfilm readers
  • One microfilm reader printer station

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties


Resources in the Local Area

Champaign County Historical Archives, which operates out of the second floor of the The Urbana Free Library is also a wonderful reference site for genealogists. They have a good collection of Illinois and Champaign County reference books as well as half a dozen computers with free acess to some genealogy software programs.

Champaign County Genealogical Society of Illinois is the founding group behind the Champaign County Historical Archives. Their meetings and research nights are the secondTuesday and Wednesday of the month at the Champaign County Historical Archives in the Urbana Free Library.

Urbana Free Library has a Local History Online website which gives information on their collection and access to the actual Local History Online database.

Champaign Illinois GenWeb, part of Illinois GenWeb, which is part of USGenWeb.  Many, many links to resources. A good site to start, continue and fall into.


Links

  • FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.

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Volunteer at the Center