Wilmette 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.

Wilmette FHC

The Wilmette Illinois Family History Center, located just north of Chicago at 2727 Lake Avenue in Wilmette, Illinois. Location on Map Park in the large lot to the west of the building and enter by buzzing in at the door on the right-hand side as you face the building.

Film Collection

The Center houses a large indefinite loan microfilm collection that includes many Chicago resources including vital records, city directories, and Catholic parish records. The collection is also strong in German, Swedish, and Polish records. Wilmette FHC Film/Fiche Holdings List. (This list was last updated Jan 2012.)

Book Collection

The Center also has a collection of genealogy-related reference books and research guides that support the research interests of local patrons. Some of the frequently-used volumes include A History of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago,Germans to America and the Hamburg passenger lists: coordinated schedules,and A Translation guide to 19th-century Polish-language civil-registration documents. Books are shelved by the Dewey numbers found in the Family History Library Catalog. Wilmette FHC Book Holdings List

Computer Resources

The Center has five computers for patron use and the Family History Center Portal offers free access to Premium sites including Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, and FindMyPast.com.

  • Tuesday: 10 am to 3 pm and 6:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Wednesday: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Thursday; 10 am to 3 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
Holiday Closures

During 2012, the Center will be closed on the following days:

Sat, Mar 31 (Churchwide Conference)
Sat, May 26
Tue, Jul 3 - Thu, Jul 5
During August we are ONLY open Tues, 10-1 and Sat, 10-1
Sat, Sep 1
Sat, Oct 6 (Churchwide Conference)
Wed, Nov 21 - Mon, Nov 26
Wed, Dec 19 - Wed, Jan 2

If you have questions about the center, please call (847) 251-9818 during open hours or email il_wilmette@ldsmail.net