Stories that Bring Us Together

Wilmette Family History Center
Family History Fair 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014 — 8 am to 5 pm
2727 Lake Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois

Learn about the latest tools and techniques for researching, recording, and sharing your family’s unique history at the 2014 Wilmette Family History Center Family History Fair. This year’s theme will explore the power of storytelling to strengthen and unify families. Presenters will include popular speakers from RootsTech 2014 in Salt Lake City (via video) as well as local genealogy experts.

Online registration for the Fair is now closed. Several tracks (including "Research Techniques" and "Beginners") are at or near capacity. Space remains available for walk-ins in the remaining tracks. Please e-mail us at info@wilmettefamilyhistoryfair.com with questions. Thanks!

Explore the power of storytelling to strengthen and unify families.



Couldn't make it to Salt Lake City for Rootstech 2014? Come get the same great genealogy content here in Chicagoland at the Wilmette Illinois Family History Center Family History Fair. We’ll offer some of the best talks from RootsTech on a tape-delayed basis in three parallel tracks. We’ll also have great live presentations from local genealogists. See schedule highlights below.



Genealogy is more than names and dates and places! Check out the booths in the exhibit hall to complete your conference experience. You'll have a chance to sample family recipes handed down through generations, watch as our youth index primary source records in real time, and more.


Expert Help

Looking for one-on-one help finding answers to your family history questions? Head down the hall to the Wilmette Family History Center and sign up for a personal consultation with one of our experienced genealogical researchers. Or get friendly assistance using our collection of subscription online genealogy databases, including Ancestry, Fold3, FindMyPast, and more. The cost? Free, of course.

Local Speakers

Workshops will include in-person presentations by local experts and video lectures from the RootsTech conference.
Roll over the speaker images to learn more about the presenters.

Family History Fair Schedule

The most up-to-date schedule for the fair (20 Mar 2014) can be viewed here.

Exhibit Hall

Here are some of the booths you can look forward to:

Introduction to FamilySearch Indexing
Learn what it accomplishes and how to get involved.

Hands-On Indexing
We'll show you what you need to know to give it a quick try. If the Chicago death certificate project is available, we'll use those records as our example.

Favorite Recipes of our Ancestors
Learn how cooking can help you get to know your ancestors better.

Animated How-to Videos for Getting Started with Family History
View short clips with fun hints for beginning your family tree.

Print a Fan Chart for Your Ancestors
Log into your FamilySearch account (or create one!) and we'll print a color fan chart for you to frame.

Recording Your Family History on Video (Spanish)
Learn how one local family preserved their stories on video.

Mongolian Genealogy Research
Learn what Mongolian researchers are doing to preserve their heritage and get inspired to preserve your own.

Research Help

The Wilmette Illinois Family History Center will be open during the fair. Volunteers will offer quick introductory tours for first-time visitors. They will also be available to answer questions about Family History Center resources, introduce you to the "My Family Booklet" and offer quick guidance on research, recording stories, and scanning photos.

Sign-ups for 30-minute computer and microfilm reader slots will begin at 8:00 am on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will continue until all of the slots are filled. We expect the Family History Center resources will be in high demand during the fair and we'd encourage fair participants to learn what the Family History Center offers and then come visit us again!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend for just part of the day?
Absolutely! Join us for the whole day or just stop by for the workshops that interest you. Please register even if you only plan to attend for a short time.
How will lunch work?
You are welcome to bring your own meal or drive out to one of the many restaurants in the area. Restaurants Near the FHC (PDF)

Alternately, we are offering pre-paid, catered box lunches, at cost, from Corner Bakery, as a convenience to fair attendees. For details, please see http://www.wilmettefamilyhistoryfair.org/lunch/order.html. If you place an order from that page by midnight on March 14, your lunch will be available for pickup at the fair beginning at noon.
Will I have a chance to get help with my own research?
Yes. The Wilmette Illinois Family History Center (housed in the same building) will be open during the fair and volunteer staff members will be available to answer your questions.
Where will the fair be held?
The fair will take place at the Wilmette Illinois Stake Center which is located at 2727 Lake Avenue (the corner of Lake Avenue and Locust Avenue) in Wilmette, Illinois. It's easily accessible from the Edens Expressway and parking is available for free in the lot beside the building.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
If you'd like more information about the fair, just email us at il_wilmette@ldsmail.net.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the fair, we'd be happy to answer them. You can call us at 847.251.9818 during the Family History Center's open hours (check www.wilmettefhc.org for the current schedule) or you can email us at info@wilmettefamilyhistoryfair.com.

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