O'Fallon 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 O'Fallon, Illinois Family History Center serves the towns of O'Fallon, Shiloh, Belleville, Fairview Heights, Glen Carbon, Edwardsville, and many more in the surrounding counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Randolph. 

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 255 Fairwood Hills Road, O'Fallon, IL 62269 United States
  • Location Map

E-mail:  il_ofallon@ldsmail.net

Phone:  618-632-0210

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday 10 am - 2 pm & 6 pm - 8 pm
  • Thursday 10 am - 2 pm & 6 pm - 8 pm
  • Saturday by appointment (call 618-632-0210)
NOTICE:  If the O'Fallon, IL schools are closed due to winter weather, the Center will also be closed.  It's always a good idea to call ahead 618-632-0210.

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Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Staff Training Meetings are held on the third Wednesday's of every month.

A Family History Class is being offered on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Family History Center. This class will focus on finding and adding sources to your FamilySearch FamilyTree, using various online data resources. Please RSVP to kathy.nevin@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Staff Training Meetings 

Duplicates in Family Tree

Person Search vs. Record Search

Please send recommendations for staff training to the director.

Center Resources

Handouts & Guides

(Library Resource Materials for Staff & Patrons)

Global Family Reunion Day

Family Tree

Adding and Attaching Sources to Family Tree - (revised 02/04/15)
Attaching Historical Records to Entire Families
Adding Photos to Family Tree  (revised 01/12/15)
Adding Stories to Family Tree  (revised 01/17/15)
Family Tree  (revised 09/3015)
Fixing a Looping Pedigree in Family Tree
Merging Duplicate Records in Family Tree  (revised 02/11/15)
Reserving Temple Ordinances  (revised 07/14/15) 
Search Tools in Family Tree (revised 09/30/15)
Searching with FamilySearch 
Submitting Names for Temple Ordinances  (added 01/13/15}

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Tree Connect from RecordSeek
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Creating Fan or Other Charts with TreeSeek.com 
Creating a GEDCOM File
What is IrfanView?
Username and Password
Using Dropbox


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has access to the FamilySearch Catalog. You may place your order for any of the films and fiche available for circulation. Staff members will be able to assist in the process, but will not be able to place the orders for you. You may now submit your orders online using a debit, credit, or prepaid card or by using a PayPal account.
  • Small collection of research aids, resources, and genealogical books are shelved in this center. This includes The Compendium of American Genealogy, St. Clair Co. Marriages 1775-1905, various cemetery records, and other resources from St. Clair Co. as well as resources from other counties in Illinois, and other states.
  • A large microfiche collection, organized into two categories: locality & surname.  This collection includes many research aids as well as records from England, Germany, and various US states.
  • There is also an extensive microfilm collection, again organized into locality & surname categories. There are quite a few German Church Records and local Illinois records on microfilm. We have Clinton County Marriages, Naturalizations, Births, Deaths and Wills; St. Clair County Naturalizations; and various other records from other counties and states.

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.  These premium websites include:
•19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
•Access Newspaper Archive
•Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War
•Create your Who Do You Think You Are? Story
•Find My Past
•Fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com)
•Historic Map Works Library Edition
•Paper Trail
•ProQuest Obituary Listings
•World Vital Records

Hardware and Equipment

  • Eight computer stations for research are available to the patron.
  • Two printers
  • One copy machine
  • Film/fiche reader/printer are also at the patron's disposal.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

  • List available of volunteers willing to help translate records from German.

Resources in the Local Area

The Belleville Public Library houses a genealogy collection.  They have microfilm of Belleville and East Saint Louis newspapers, and an index to the obituaries from the newspapers.


O'Fallon, Illinois

St. Clair County, Illinois

Online Illinois Death Records & Indexes

Illinois Vital Records

Online Help for German Research

Belleville Public Library

Volunteer at the Center

We welcome volunteers with or without experience. The best way to learn is by doing. We'll help you get started and before you know it, you'll be helping someone else.

Contact the Family History Center Director at 618-632-0210.