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.

Location and Address:



  • 480 North Walkup Rd. Crystal Lake, Illinois  60012
  • Enter the building using the NE door facing Walkup Rd.  Please ring the buzzer to be admitted.

Announcing--New Hours in 2015!  See open hours below: 

Center Hours


  • Tues 10am-2pm
  • Wed 10am - 12pm
  • Fri 11am-1pm


  • Tuesday   7pm-9pm
  • Wednesday 7pm-9pm
  • Thursday  7pm-9pm


  • Sat 12pm-3pm

Closed on Sundays and Mondays

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 -

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
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • MyHeritage Library Edition
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
  • Legacy Stories
  • Paper Trail

Hardware and Equipment

  • 6 networked computer workstations with printer access
  • 5 microfilm readers
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • Paper copier
  • Flatbed scanner (allows you to scan photos directly to FamilySearch Family Tree Memories)
  • Digital camera to capture microfilm frames (Bring your own flashdrive to save images you find)
  • Headsets to listen to webinars and FamilySearch online classes
  • Some recorded webinars available on CD for your viewing

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