Springfield Illinois Family History Center
|This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.|
The Springfield Family History Center serves Sangamon, Logan and Menard Counties. There is no cost to visit the Family History Center and everyone with an interest in genealogical research is welcome.
- 1 Center Contacts and Hours
- 2 Calendar and Events
- 3 Center Resources
- 4 Center Services
- 5 Resources in the Local Area
- 6 Links
- 7 Volunteer opportunities at the Center
Center Contacts and Hours
Location & Map:
- 3601 Buckeye Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62712
- Enter the grounds from either drive. The Center is located in back of the building on the north side.
- Map to the Springfield Illinois Family History Center
Phone: Center: 217-529-7930 Director: 217-525-9910
Open Hours: Tuesday 6 - 9 pm, Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm & 6 - 9 pm, Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
Holiday Schedule: The Center is closed the Saturday closest to major holidays, the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in October. Closings may occur due to severe weather or special events being held in the building. Emergency closings are announced through the recorded telephone message.
Calendar and Events
September 7 -10 - The Federation of Genealogical Societies "Pathways to the Heartland" Conference will be held in the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Registration can be completed on-line and at the door for the entire Conference or individual days. A large vendors exhibit hall, featuring the latest in software. books and other items, will open at 10 am on Thursday and remain open through out the Conference. The exhibit hall is free and open to the public.
Sept. 8, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - FamilySearch Volunteer Reception
Join us for an open house at the FamilySearch exhibit hall booth to celebrate the contributions of our FamilySearch community volunteers. Come listen to volunteers share their experiences and get a chance to earn prizes and learn more about how you can become part of the FamilySearch volunteer community. Light refreshments will be served.
September 10 - FamilySearch Kids Camp All 10-14 year-old youth are invited to attend the free FamilySearch Kids Camp at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield, Illinois from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is required. To register, email email@example.com with children’s names and contact information. If you have any questions about this activity, please contact Sister Rochelle Mooth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
September 11 - Premiere of a Family History film featuring family historians in the Springfield Stake area, The film will be shown at 6 pm in the Ward Chapel. The public is invited to attend this exciting opening.
To be announced
Staff Training Meetings
September 6 from 6 - 9 pm, Special training meeting for all staff. Steve Brey, an executive with Family Search, will be visting from Salt Lake City.
Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.
Extended Loan Microfilm
- Kentucky Vital Records, including records for African-American and white residents, from 1851 - 1859 for 104 counties.
- Tennessee Court, Newpaper & Vital Records, 50 rolls
- Germany Church Records for 6 Duchys
- Italy Church & Civil Records, 54 rolls
- 100 most frequently used books in the Salt Lake Family History Library
- Family Histories
- Vital Records indexes
- Records from Europe & South America
Databases and Software
FHC Portal: This center has the Family History Center Portal which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions including:
- 19th Century British Newspapers
- Alexander Street Press (American Civil War Collections)
- Ancestry.com (Family History Library edition)
- Genline FamilyFinder (Swedish)
- Godfrey Memorial Library
- Heritage Quest
- Two microfilm readers
- One microfiche reader
- Four computers with internet connection and access to premium websites.
- Printer for use with computers (charge per sheet of fifteen cents).
- Digital camera for images of microfilm or microfiche records
- We encourage visitors to bring their digital cameras for copying images from microfilm or microfiche. If you choose to use the Center's digital camera, you can have the images printed for a slight charge or have the images loaded to your own memory stick or CD.
- Patrons may bring their personal computers for note taking or entering information into personal genealogical programs, although wireless internet access is not currently available.
- Memory sticks can also be used to download information.
- Beginning September 21, 2011 on-line film ordering will begin for this Center. Patrons will be able to order microfilm or microfiche from their home computer or at any location with internet connection. Payment will be made online and the film delivered to the Family History Center of your choice.
Staff Research Specialties
Resources in the Local Area
Illinois State Archives
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Springfield, IL 62756
Telephone: (217) 782-4682
Fax: (217) 524-3930
Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
1st Saturday of month 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (except on holiday weekends)
Sangamon Valley Collection
326 South Seventh Street
The Sangamon Valley Collection closes at 1 p.m. on Fridays.
Regular library hours are observed all other days.
The Sangamon Valley Collection (SVC) provides in-depth resources for the study of Springfield, Illinois, Sangamon County and the eleven adjacent counties. Of particular value is an index to obituaries published in Sangamon County newspapers from 1861 to the present.
Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1796
Phone: (217) 785-5600
Within IL only: (800) 665-5576
TDD: (888) 261-2709
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed on official State of Illinois holidays
The Illinois State Library has well over 500 different Illinois county histories and over 300 historical county atlases, with an additional 800 plat books representative of the 102 counties
Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield, IL 62701
Public and Research Hours
Monday -- Friday -- 9:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday – Closed
Appointments are necessary for research in the Manuscripts, Audiovisual, and Lincoln collections. Please make arrangements by telephone or mail.
Manuscripts: (217) 558-8855
Audiovisual: (217) 785-7955
Lincoln: (217) 785-7954
A significant feature of the collection is the large number of Illinois newspapers available on microfilm. for a searchable list of their Illinois newspapers -http://www.illinoishistory.gov/lib/newspaper.htm
Logan County IL Genealogical & Historical Society, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~illcghs/
Morgan Area Genealogy, includes Cass, Green, Macoupin, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon and Scott Counties, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/index_sangamon.html
Illinois State Archives On-line Database
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900
Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916
Illinois Statewide Death Index (1916–1950), http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html
Missouri Digital History Archives http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates
Illinois Digital Archives, http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm
Indiana State Digital Archives, http://www.indianadigitalarchives.org
Texas Genealogy Resources, http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/genfirst.html
Utah Vital Records, http://archives.utah.gov/research/indexes
State Digital Resources list, http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/statememory
BYU Family History Archives, http://lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.php
Volunteer opportunities at the Center
Family History Center Staff
Staff is needed for customer service during the hours the Center is open. Volunteers should be comfortable with computer use and enjoy working with people. A knowledge of basic family history research principles is helpful but training will be provided. A minimum of 2 shifts per month in the Center is required and more is cheerfully allowed.
Family Search is making records available on-line as quickly as possible. One of the keys to making these records useful is the Indexing program. Without an index, researchers have to browse through the images, sometimes one at a time, to find a specific record. Indexing can be done at home and is an excellent activity for Family History Center Staff when the Center is not busy. To find out more about indexing and take a test drive go to http://www.familysearch.org/volunteer/indexing
Basic Computer Literacy Tutor
With the rapid increase in research data becoming available on-line, long-time family history researchers are facing the need to learn new skills. A patient and understanding tutor is needed to help small groups or individuals learn basic computer skills. Contact the Director by telephone or email if you are interested in teaching or helping to develop training in this topic.