Westchester Illinois Family History Center

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Welcome to the Westchester Family History Library!

The Westchester Family History Center was first established in February of 1999. It was primarily an extraction or indexing library. Researchers would

use microfiche and then later microfilm to extract family information and create indexes to help other researchers.

Today, the Westchester Family History Center is a computer research center. We have six computers, a scanner, digital camera and copier. We still

have two microfilm readers and are very active in online microfilm ordering. We currently have eight Family History Consultants with expertise in various areas.

Be sure to check out the Staff Resource Specialties below. Please stop in anytime during our walk-in hours or if you prefer give us a call and we can set up an

individual appointment.

This is a great place to be!

FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location: 1550 Haase Ave, Westchester, IL 60154 United States

Phone: 708-409-8412

E-mail: IL_westchester@ldsmail.net

Walk-in Hours: Sun 12PM-2PM Wed 7-9 PM Thu 7:30-9:30 PM**

**Thursday nights are primarily for Spanish speakers. However, help in English is

also available.

Appointments: Please call if you would like to set up a time outside our regular walk-in hours.

Leave your name, phone number and a day and time that works for you. We will get

back with you as soon as possible.

2017 Closures:

Sunday, February 11th for Stake Conference

Sunday, April 2nd for General Conference

Sunday, May 14th for Mother's Day

Sunday, June 18th for Father's Day

Sunday, October 1st for General Conference

TBD for October Stake Conference

2017 Thanksgiving and Christmas Closures:

Wednesday, November 22nd- Saturday, November 25th

Sunday, December 24th- Sunday, December 31st

Calendar and Events

National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference

Family History Lives Here

May 10-13, 2017

Raleigh, North Carolina


RootsTech 2017 hosted by FamilySearch

The World's Largest Family History and Technology Conference!

February 8-11, 2017

Salt Palace Convention Center

Salt Lake City, Utah


Family Discovery Day

February 11, 2017

Family Discovery Day is a free 1-day event that will inspire you to discover, celebrate, and cherish your family relationships- past, present and future. Enjoy devotionals from LDS General Authorities, inspirational breakout sessions, and hands-on activities for everyone!


Center Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.

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

  • The center has 6 computers, 2 microfilm readers, a digital camera for the microfilm readers, a printer/scanner, and wifi connection.

Staff Research Specialties

Vicki Young-United States Research (availabe the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month or by appointment)

Evelin Ullrich- Hungarian Research (available the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of each month or by appointment)

Gabby Pereyra- Spanish Research (available every Thursday)

Available by appointment only:

JoAnn Clyde- Chicago Research Helga Silski-German and Polish Research Missy Cochran- Scandinavian Research

Resources in the Local Area

Franzosenbusch Heritage Project

  • Names and histories of early residents and settlers of the mid-nineteenth century community of German immigrants located around 22nd Street and Wolf Road

Chicago Portage

  • Brief summaries of the lives and relevant accomplishments of the people who explored, settled, and built the city of Chicago

Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Paul M. Nemecek Collection at Riverside Public Library

  • Open to public
  • Research volunteers available Tuesday, Thursday, and 2nd/4th Saturday of each month from 10AM-2PM  
  • Riverside Public Library

1 Burling Rd, 1st Floor

Riverside, IL 60546

(Times and availabilty may vary. Contact CSAGSI at csagsi.library@gmail.com or by phone at (708) 442-6366 for the most updated information).

Elmhurst, Illinois Historical Society

LaGrange, Illinois Historical Society


Volunteer at the Center

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the center director.