Crystal Lake 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.


Announcements, Hours, Closures, Address & Contact Info[edit | edit source]

Announcements[edit | edit source]

The Crystal Lake Family History Center will be closed until further notice.

Center Hours[edit | edit source]

Tuesday: 10am-2pm

Wednesday: 9am-12pm

Thursday: 7pm-9pm

Friday: 11am-1pm

Saturday: 12pm-3pm

Closures[edit | edit source]

December 24th and December 25th: Christmas Break.

December 31st and January 1st: New Years Break

Whenever the local schools are CLOSED due to weather.

If the weather is bad, please call before visiting. We may be closed.

Address[edit | edit source]

480 North Walkup Rd. Crystal Lake, Illinois  60012

Enter the building using the NE door facing Walkup Rd.  Please ring the buzzer to be admitted.

Link to Google Map

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

Email: il_crystallake@familyhistorymail.net

Phone: (815) 459-7475

Facebook: www.facebook.com/il.crystallake.fhc

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This Center may have some of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Center Portal (Premium websites you can use for FREE at an FHC only)
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Access NewspaperArchive.com
  • Alexander Street Press – The American Civil War
  • Ancestry.com (The Library Edition)
  • ArkivDigital
  • Find My Past
  • Fold3 (the old Footnote.com)
  • The Genealogist
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • MyHeritage Library Edition
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
  • Legacy Stories
  • Paper Trail
  • WorldVitalRecords.com

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 6 networked computer workstations with printer access
  • 3 microfilm readers
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • Paper copier
  • Flatbed scanner (allows you to scan photos directly to FamilySearch Family Tree Memories)
  • Digital camera to capture microfilm frames (Bring your own flash drive to save images you find)
  • Headsets to listen to webinars and FamilySearch online classes

Links[edit | edit source]

  • 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.