Discovery Your Family History

Illinois Family History & Genealogy Centers

Are you currently an Illinois resident with a burning desire to understand your own past a bit better? There is absolutely no better place to get started on a family tree search than among the Illinois family history centers situated throughout the state! The offices are managed by the Illinois LDS Family Search and are regarded as branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. However, most of the establishments are accessible to the public & offer free resources, such as print materials, microfilm and computer research. Wherever your groundwork for your family tree starts, you will find the facts you will need at an Illinois family history center close to you.

If you have any questions or comments about family history centers, please send a message to

Buffalo Grove Family History Center
3075 N. Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
(847) 913-5387
Wed-Thurs 10am-2pm & 6:30pm-9pm, Sat 10am-2pm

We regularly close the first Saturday in April, the first Saturday in October, Thanksgiving week and between the Christmas and New Year holidays. We are also closed for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In case of severe weather or to confirm that we are open, please phone ahead

Centralia Family History Center
Calament & Airport Rd
Centralia, Illinois 32801
(619) 532-3482
Tue 10AM-1PM, Th 10AM-4PM, 7PM-9PM, Sat 10AM-2PM

Champaign Family History Center
604 W Windsor Rd
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 352-8063
W,Th 9:30am-2pm, 7pm-9pm; Fri 9:30am-12:30pm, Sat. 9:30am.-2pm

Chicago Heights Family History Center
402 Longwood Dr
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60422
(708) 756-1280
Tues-Thurs, Sat., closed August

Decatur Illinois Family History Center
3955 Lourdes Ln
Decatur, Illinois 62526
(217) 875-9396
Tue 10AM-3PM, Thu 6PM-9PM, Sat 10AM-3PM, Sun 6PM-9PM (members only)

Alton Illinois Family History Center
6500 Humbert Rd
Godfrey, Illinois 62035
(618) 466-8179
Tue 10 am-2pm & 6pm-9pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Jacksonville Illinois Family History Center
1053 E Vandalia Rd
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
(000) 245-8113
Tue & Wed 6p-9p

Litchfield Illinois Family History Center
12368 Roberson
Litchfield, Illinois 62056
(217) 324-2396
Tue 10AM-4PM, 6PM-9PM, Thu 10AM-4PM, Sat 10AM-4PM

Macomb Family History Center
2000 W Adams
Macomb, Illinois 61455
(309) 836-3201
1st and 3rd Wed 7-9pm (as of 12/1996)
Notes: small facility

Naperville Family History Center
1320 Ridgeland Ave
Naperville, Illinois 60563
(630) 505-0233
Tues-Thur 9-9; Fri-Sat 9-4

Peoria Illinois Family History Center
3700 W Reservoir Blvd
Peoria, Illinois 61615
(309) 682-4073
Tue & Thur, 9am-4pm & 6pm-9,am; Sat, 9am-1pm
Notes: Director, Charles Rogers

Quincy Illinois Family History Center
210 Cardinal Terrace
Quincy, Illinois 62301
(217) 224-2739
Tue 6-9p Wed 9-12a; 6-9p Thu 6-9p Sat 9-12a

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
620 N Alpine Rd
Rockford, Illiinois 61107
(815) 399-2660
Mon 1-4 PM, Tues and Thurs 6:30-9:30 PM, Wed and Fri 10 AM-4 PM, Sat 9 AM-1PM

Schaumburg Illinois Stake Center
1320 W Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193
(847) 885-4130
Tue,Wed,9a-4p-,7-930pm,Thu 9am-930pm,Sat 9am-4pm

Springfield IL Family History Center
3601 Buckeye Dr
Springfield, Illinois 62707
(217) 529-7930
Tue 6PM-9PM, Wed 9AM-3PM, 6PM-9PM, Sat 9AM-3PM, Sun 6AM-8PM (members only)

Sterling Illinois Family History Center
2709 16th Ave
Sterling, Illinois 61081
(815) 625-1229
Tues and Thurs 2:30-8:30 PM, Sat 10 AM-4 PM

Foxcroft FHC
177947 Rte 37 S
West Frankfort, Illinois 62896
(618) 937-4755
Tues & Thurs 9A-2P and Wed 6:30P-8:30P

Wilmette FHC
2801 Lake Ave
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
(847) 251-9818
Tue, Wed, Thur 10AM-3PM, 6:30PM-9:30PM, Sat 9AM-1PM
Notes: East of I94, a good helpful place where patrons give info also.

Illinois Genealogy Resources

Every time you talk about Illinois, Chicago is usually the first thing that comes to thought. Chicago’s history is rich. Home to the Prohibition Era’s most infamous gangster, Al “Scarface” Capone, & “Great Fire” in 1871, along with modern-day history makers–the six-time NBA world champion Chicago Bulls, as well as the iconic “Oprah Winfrey Show,”–it’s no surprise that this fantastic city gets most of the attention. However, Illinois has a much deeper history that goes back to when nomadic Paleo-Indians (it’s original name was Illiniwek) & their descendants researched the area–long before the very first Europeans, Frenchman Jacques Marquette & Louis Jolliet came in 1673. In 1717, the region grew to be part of French Louisiana, yet England received the territory from France in 1763 & Virginia began to take control in 1778. Illinois was initially folded into the Indiana territory in 1800, & attained US Territory status in 1809 before becoming recognized to statehood in 1818. Three U.S. presidents–Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Ronald Reagan–all hailed from Illinois. The genealogical curriculum vitae for this “Prairie State” is equally as impressive. Statewide registration of births & deaths started in 1916, yet Illinois legislation required counties to document important documents starting in 1877. Marriage documents are organized at the county level. If you’re monitoring your own forefathers in the “Land of Lincoln” you’ll discover a multitude of family history resources in the state’s numerous libraries & world-class online databases.

Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
605 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62702-5097

Illinois Bureau of Tourism
620 E. Adams St., 4th Floor
Springfield, IL 62701
(800) 406-6418

Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 567-8500

NARA Great Lakes Region
7358 Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 581-7816

Illinois State Historical Society
P.O. Box 1800
Springfield, IL 62705

Illinois State Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 10195
Springfield, IL 62791-0195
(217) 789-1968

Illinois State Archive
Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, Illinois 62756

Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1796

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
30 Ramey St.
Collinsville, IL 62234
(618) 346-5160

Augustana College Special Collections
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
321 Bonnie Lane
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Danville Public Library Archives
319 N. Vermilion St.
Danville, IL 61832

Curt Teich Postcard Archives
27277 N Forest Preserve Rd
Wauconda, IL 60084

Chicago Jewish Archives
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago Public Library Harsh Research Collection
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
112 N. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Fort de Chartres
RR 2
Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277
(618) 284-7230

Augustana College Swenson Swedish Immigration Center
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296

Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Hartford, IL 62048
(618) 251-5811

Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 782-2717

Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 420-6010

The Ronald Reagan Trail
The Ronald Reagan Trail
Henry, IL 61537
(309) 364-3289

Ulysses S. Grant Home
500 Bouthillier St.
Galena, IL 61036
(815) 777-3310

Vandalia Old State Capitol
315 W. Gallatin St.
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-1161

Illinois Genealogy Websites


Illinois US GenWeb

Cyndi’s List-Illinois

FamilySearch Wiki-Illinois

Cemetery Location Project

Federal Township Land Plats of Illinois, 1804-1891

Genealogy in the Illinois State Archives

Illinois Cemeteries

Illinois Genealogy on Geneasearch

Illinois Trails History and Genealogy

Land Tract Sales

Online Databases