O'Fallon 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 O'Fallon, Illinois Family History Center serves the towns of O'Fallon, Shiloh, Belleville, Fairview Heights, Glen Carbon, Edwardsville, and many more in the surrounding counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Randolph. 


Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 255 Fairwood Hills Road, O'Fallon, IL 62269 United States
  • Location Map

E-mail:  il_ofallon@ldsmail.net

Phone:  618-632-0210

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday 10 am - 2 pm & 6 pm - 8 pm
  • Thursday 10 am - 2 pm & 6 pm - 8 pm
  • Wednesday & Saturday by appointment (call 618-632-0210 or 618-830-5943)
NOTICE:  If the O'Fallon, IL schools are closed due to winter weather, the Center will also be closed.  It's always a good idea to call ahead 618-632-0210.

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Calendar and Events

Staff Training Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday's of every month.

Staff Training Meetings Handouts

Duplicates in Family Tree

Person Search vs. Record Search


Please send recommendations for staff training to the temple and family history consultant - Family History Center.

The O'Fallon IL Family History Center classes for users of FamilySearch.

The center occasionally holds classes for those users of FamilySearch who would like help in finding their ancestors, finding and adding sources, and going beyond the resources of FamilySearch. If you are interested in attending a class, please call 618--632-0210 or 618-830-5943 and leave a message. We will contact you to set up a time that will be convenient.

Center Resources

Handouts & Guides

(Library Resource Materials for Staff & Patrons)

Family Tree

Adding Photos to Family Tree (Revised 1/3/2017)

Adding Stories to Family Tree (Revised 1/4/2017)

Adding and Attaching Sources to Family Tree (Revised 07/06/16)

Family Tree (Revised 8/16/2016)

Fixing a Looping Pedigree in Family Tree (10/18/2013)

Merging Duplicate Records in Family Tree (2/11/2015)

Reserving Temple Ordinances (Revised 3/8/2016)

Search Tools in Family Tree (9/30/2015)

Searching with FamilySearch (Revised 1/2/2017)

Submitting Names for Temple Ordinances (Revised 11/24/2015)

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Research

Census Headings, U.S. 1790-1930
England Websites (1/26/2015)
Descendancy Research (Revised 9/2/2016)
Finding Ancestors Using the FamilySearch Research Wiki (Revied 2/15/2017)
FamilySearch Catalog  (Revised 7/6/2016)
FamilySearch Genealogies and Books (3/24/2015)
Google (Revised 1/25/2017)
Great Research Sites (10/14/2017)
Preparation for Trek (Revised 2/2/2016)
Research Log - Internet Searches (5/14/2014)
Search Tools in Family Tree (9/30/2015)
Searching with Family Search (Revised 1/2/2017)
US Census Records (4/28/2015)
U.S. Record Selection Table (5/13/2014)
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Technical

Creating Fan or Other Charts with TreeSeek.com (9/23/2017)
Creating a GEDCOM File (8/27/2014)
Register for or Recover an LDS Account (Revised 8/14/2015)
Using Dropbox (10/18/2013)
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Miscellaneous

Ancestry.com Overview

FindMyPast.com Overview

MyHeritage.com Overview

FamilySearch Indexing

Collections

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has access to the FamilySearch Catalog. The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017. Online access to digital images of the world's historic records allows FamilySearch to service more people around the globe, faster and more efficiently. See Finding Digital Images of Records on FamilySearch.org and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Small collection of research aids, resources, and genealogical books are shelved in this center. This includes The Compendium of American Genealogy, St. Clair Co. Marriages 1775-1905, various cemetery records, and other resources from St. Clair Co. as well as resources from other counties in Illinois, and other states.
  • A large microfiche collection, organized into two categories: locality & surname.  This collection includes many research aids as well as records from England, Germany, and various US states.
  • There is also an extensive microfilm collection, again organized into locality & surname categories. There are quite a few German Church Records and local Illinois records on microfilm. We have Clinton County Marriages, Naturalizations, Births, Deaths and Wills; St. Clair County Naturalizations; and various other records from other counties and states.

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.  These premium websites include:
•19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
•Access Newspaper Archive
•Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War
•Ancestry.com
•Create your Who Do You Think You Are? Story
•Find My Past
•Fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com)
•Historic Map Works Library Edition
•Kinpoint
•MyHeritage
•Paper Trail
•ProQuest Obituary Listings
•Puzzilla.org
•World Vital Records

Hardware and Equipment

  • Eight computer stations for research are available to the patron.
  • Two printers
  • One copy machine
  • Film/fiche reader/printer are also at the patron's disposal.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

  • List available of volunteers willing to help translate records from German.
  • For help getting started with research or using the Family History Center resources, please contact Kathy @ 618-830-5943.

Resources in the Local Area

The Belleville Public Library houses a genealogy collection.  They have microfilm of Belleville and East Saint Louis newspapers, and an index to the obituaries from the newspapers.

Links

O'Fallon, Illinois

St. Clair County, Illinois

Online Illinois Death Records & Indexes

Illinois Vital Records

Online Help for German Research

Belleville Public Library

Volunteer at the Center

We welcome ALL volunteers, with or without experience. The best way to learn is by doing. We'll help you get started and before you know it, you'll be helping someone else.

Contact the Stake Temple and Family History Consultant - Center at 618-632-0210.