Welcome to the Naperville Family History Center

Center Contacts and Hours   
   

Location & Map:

  • Address: 1320 Ridgeland Avenue, Naperville, IL 60563
  •  The Center is located just north of the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Naper Blvd,  The Center is part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building which is immediately north of the McDonald's.  As you face the church building, the Center entrance is on the left hand side of the building and around back.  There are also signs posted at the front doors of the church that will direct you to our entrance.  When you reach the Center entrance, ring the door bell and then pull on the door.
  • To find the Naperville Family History Center on a map, click this link: g.co/maps/xkzdf  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which houses the Naperville Family History Center is identified on the map.
  • Phone: 630-505-0233
  • E-mail: il_naperville@ldsmail.net
  • Center Director: Christine Bell, marieb98@yahoo.com
  • Naperville Family History Center Facebook page     This is a public page, you don't need a Facebook account to view it


Open Hours:

Tuesday and Thursdays: Noon to 9 pm

Wednesdays: 9 am to 9 pm

Fridays: 10 am to 4 pm

Saturdays: 9 am to 1 pm

Holiday Closings: 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday and Saturday, July 4-5, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wednesday and Thursday, November 26-27, 2014

December 14, 2014 to January 1, 2015


Upcoming Events:

 The next Tools for Finding Your Ancestors conference will beheld in April 2014.  Presentations will include recorded classes from Roots Tech 2014 along with live presentations.  More details including the exact date for the conference will be posted here as they become available.  


Center Resources

Collections
Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.

The extended microfilm collection includes all the Chicago Catholic Church records and other Cook County Illinois records

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 websites include

  • The 19th Century British Library Newspapers Digital Archive  This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.
  • Access//Newspaper Archive - World's largest online newspaper archive, Features billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U. S. and the world.; Full page and fully searchable
  • Alexander Street Press – American Civil War – Research database, letters, diaries, photos and posters, 60 collections of audio tracks, videos, images, and playlists in humanities, Literature, Music, Women's History, Black History, Psychological Counseling and Thereapy, Sosial and Cultural History, Drama, Theatre, Film and performing Arts, Religion, Sociology
  • Ancestry Family History Library Edition – U. S. federal and state census records, vital records, passenger lists, Canadian census, church, and vital records, UK census records, birth, marriage and death indexes, and other international records.
  • Find My Past – Create family trees, BMD indexes for England and Wales, parish registers, death duty registers, passport applications, passenger lists leaving UK, 1841 through 1911 censuses, and military records.
  • ArkivDigital Online - Swedish Church Records and much more
  • Fold 3 (as of August 18, 2011) Previous known as Footnote – Resources cover colonial to mid-1900s US records. Includes some census records, vital records, photos, city directories, newspapers, town records, naturalizations, Revolutionary War records and Civil war and later military indexes, World War !!"Old man's Draft"Cards, War of 1812 Pension Files, Mexican War Service Records, World War ! Officer Experience Reports, Confederate Casualty Reports.
  • Heritage Quest Online – Census records (indexed by heads of household, but not years are indexed), digitized searchable books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), selected records from the Revolutionary War pension and bounty land warrant application files, Freedman’s Bank Records, and U. S. Serial Set.
  • Historical Map Works Library Edition – Over 800,000 property maps covering the U.S. from late 1700’s to the present, over 100,000 antique maps covering the world from 15th to 19th centuries, and city directories, atlases, business ads, bird’s eye views.
  • Paper Trail – Index to Mormon and Oregon Trail Diaries
  • World Vital Records – Worldwide records including immigration, some U.S., Canadian and U.K. censuses, vital records, parish and land records, family histories, directories, court probate records, digitized books and newspapers, Irish wills and censuses, German Hungarian land census, Scottish death records, England and Wales BMD.
  • Legacy Stories--Put the leaves on your family tree by giving voice to your ancestors. LegacyStories.Org is a social network for all things heritage. Provides a secure platform to upload stories and photos and add recorded narration. The resulting pictures, stories, and narration can be linked as source records on FamilySearch Family Tree. The site offers a full suite of exciting features, including:
Record oral photo narratives directly from your computer microphone.
Multi-media story publisher.
Social network for feedback and collaboration.
Public archives to view and share stories.
Five levels of privacy.
The Legacy Shop for heritage replayed books, DVD equipment, software, etc.

[edit] Hardware and Equipment

  • 7 computers with printers
  • 9 Microfilm readers including 2 with high magnification lenses
  • 2 microfiche readers
  • Microfilm/microfiche copier that can print a hard copy or save a digital image to your portal drive

[edit] Center Services

[edit] Staff Research Specialties

Wednesday mornings 9 to noon: Irish research Ask for Christine

Wednesday late afternoon and evenings: Property records, probate records, court archives, cemeteries in Cook County Cook County Pennsylvania; Sweden; Germany; Croatia, early farming communities in Cook and Will counties Ask for Linda

1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings 6-9 pm  Ask for Uschi for help with German research and translation.

1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons Noon to 3 pm; Ask for Ola for help with Polish records, fluent in Polish and Russian, some Latin 

2nd and 4th Thursday afternoons Noon to 3 pm: Ask for Pat for help with Irish and Danish research. Ask for Dave for help with Midwestern States, Tenn., New England and Civil War records. He has genealogical working knowledge of French, German, Spanish, Old German script

Thursday afternoons 3 to 6 pm: Poland, Germany, New England, Midwest; Chicago Roman Catholic church records; passenger list records; can translate Polish, Russian, Latin; Ask for Jerry   Ask for Marty if you need help in Spanish

Friday mornings 10 am to 1 pm: West Prussia, Norway, Chicago Ask for Janet

Friday afternoons 1 to 4 pm: Migration within the the US, Civil War records, Ask for Jan

[edit] Links

Dupage County (IL) Genealogical Society www.dcgs.org/

Fox Valley Genealogical Society: www.ilfvgs.org/

Wheaton, IL Public Library Genealogy and Local History: www.wheatonlibrary.org/refdb/dbgeneal.html


Family Search Affiliate Libraries

Plainfield Public Library: http://www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org/

Indian Prairie Library: http://www.indianprairie.lib.il.us/

Fountaindale Public Library  http://www.fountaindale.org/

LaGrange Park Public Library  http://www.lplibrary.org/

[edit] Volunteer at the Center

Additional volunteers are always needed and welcome. The first and foremost quality you will need to volunteer at the Naperville Family History Center is a desire to help other people to research their family history. You do not need any particualr expertise in doing family history research; serving at the Family History Center is a great way to learn how. You also do not need to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Volunteers typically serve a 3 hour shift at least twice a month. If you would like more information about becoming one of our volunteers, contact Center Director Christine Bell at marieb98@yahoo.com