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.


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.

Center Hours

 Tues 10am-4pm

Wed & Fri 10am-1pm

Tues, Wed, Thur  7pm-9:30pm

Sat 11am-3pm

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

Contact Information


Phone at FHC:  815-459-7475


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)

Class Schedule -  (All classes are FREE)

APRIL 20, 2013 -

A "Beginning Genealogy" class will be held on the third Saturday in April with instruction starting promptly at 9:00 am until 10:30. No materials are required; however, pre-registration is required and is limited to the number of computers in the Center.  If you are interested in attending a class, please email us at as soon as possible to reserve a space. 

Space is limited, so if the class is full, we will contact you and put your name on a waiting list.  Very often people have to cancel, so we could call you to fill the empty slot.

Center Resources

Collections and Ordering Microfilm

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

Additional databases available at our Center


Hardware and Equipment

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


April 14, 2013

May 19, 2013

June 9, 2013

September 15, 2013

October 20, 2013

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