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.

Center Contacts and Hours

CLOSUREThe FHC will CLOSE today, Tuesday, February 26th, after the morning shift due to the 

Winter Weather Advisory from Tues, 12 pm until Tues, 9 pm CST   We will also be CLOSED tomorrow evening (2/27) for a class that will be held in the FHC; however, we will be open Wednesday morning if the parking lot has been plowed.

ATTENTION: The FHC may close during bad weather. Check here for up-to-date messages on snowy days regarding possible closure.

Occasionally closed for night classes:

The FHC will be closed the last Wednesday "night only" of February for a "Beginning Genealogy" class (Feb. 27th).

If you would be interested in attending a class at the FHC, please let us know of your interest and the subject you would like to see discussed by emailing us at

We'll see if we have a class that matches your interests.  (Thank you)

Location & Map:

480 North Walkup Ave.
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

Please come and see our new FHC location (enter using the NE door facing Walkup Rd.)   Ring buzzer.

Location on Map

Phone: 1–815–459–7475


Open Hours:  

Tues 10am-4pm

Wed & Fri 10am-1pm

Tues, Wed, Thur 7pm-9:30pm

Sat 11am-3pm

ATTENTION The FHC may close during bad weather. Check here for up-to-date messages on snowy days regarding possible closure.


Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events    

Class Schedule  -  All classes are FREE

If you are interested in attending a class, please email us at

Space is limited.  If a class fills, we'll contact you and put your name on a waiting list. 

STAFF TRAINING Meetings      

March 10, 2013

April 14, 2013

May 19, 2013

June 9, 2013

September 15, 2013

October 20, 2013

Center Resources


Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal:   (Premium websites you can use for FREE at an FHC only
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Access
  • Alexander Street Press – The American Civil War
  • (The Library Edition)
  • ArkivDigital
  • Find My Past
  • Fold3 (the old
  • The Genealogist
  • Heritage Quest Online
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
  • Paper Trail

Hardware and Equipment

  • 6 networked computer workstations with printer access
  • 5 microfilm readers
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • Paper copier
  • Flatbed scanner

Center Services
Staff Research Specialties
Resources in the Local Area
Volunteer at the Center