Westchester Illinois Family History Center

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Welcome to the Westchester Illinois Family History Center:

The Westchester Illinois 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 Illinois Family History Center is a computer research center. Our center is equipped with computers that have the most current software updates, a scanner, digital camera and copier. We still have two microfilm readers and some microfilms in the center available for viewing, but microfilm ordering is no longer available, because most films are now digitized online.

Patrons are welcomed during walk-in hours the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, from 7pm-8:30pm and are encouraged to call for an appointment.

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[edit | edit source]

Language: English is the primary language spoken. Spanish speaking consultants are also available by appointment.

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

Phone: 708-409-8412

E-mail: IL_westchester@familyhistorymail.org

Walk-in Hours: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Please call ahead for current hours.

Appointments: Please call for appointments.

Leave your name, phone number, day and time requested.

2018 Closures:

Call ahead as severe weather conditions may cause closures.

The center is closed for all Federal Holidays.

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Center 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[edit | edit source]

  • The center is equipped with computers that have the most current software updates, 2 microfilm readers, a digital camera for the microfilm readers, a printer/scanner, and wifi connection.

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

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

Available by appointment: Please call ahead for appointments.

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Franzosenbusch Heritage Project [edit | edit source]

  • 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

Links[edit | edit source]

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us by phone or email and ask for Vicki Young.