Rockford 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 Rockford Illinois FHC library serves Byron, Rochelle, all of Rockford, Winnebago and Belvidere.  We offer help in ordering and viewing microfilm (some is now digitized and available on your computer) as well as providing access to premium sites free of charge such as Ancestry, MyHeritage, etc.  

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map: 324 University Dr    Rockford IL 61107  United States

Phone:1 815-332-7782

Director: Rebecca McElhaney 815-997-6271

E-mail: IL_Rockford@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Monday    1pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday     6:30pm - 9pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday        10am - 4pm
  • First & Third Saturdays   9am - 1pm

Holiday Schedule:  2015 Closed May 22-25 for Memorial Day; Closed July 4(first Sat) for Independence Day; Closed Sept 4-7 Labor Day; Closed 1st Sat in Oct (General Conference); Closed Nov 26-28 for Thanksgiving; Closed Dec 21-Jan 2 2016 for Christmas, New Years.



Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events To be announced

Class Schedule To be announced


Center Resources

Collections

  • This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Reference books on some states within USA as well as different countries
  • Several country maps
  • Dictionaries
  • Extended microfilm on Germany and Sweden
  • Microfiche list to be updated

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.

Hardware and Equipment

  • six computers
  • microfilm readers
  • microfiche readers
  • small Lexmark printer connected to two computers
  • large Lexmark printer/scanner connected to four computers
  • digital camera to make copies of pages of microfilm/fiche

Resources in the Local Area

Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society  

Rockford Public Library  

Boone Counties Genealogical Society Winnebago - Facebook   

Boone County Historical Museum

Cherry Valley public library



Links

Boone Counties Genealogical Society

Stephenson County Genealogical Society

Rockford Public Library

Boone County Genealogical Society

Boone County Historical Museum

Cherry Valley Library

Madison Wisconsin Public Library


Volunteer at the Center

We have access to FamilySearch Indexing.  We welcome indexers and arbitrators. If you have experience in doing genealogy in a given country, please notify the director who can make your time available to other patrons.