Family History Center, Rockford, IL

Family History Center

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

620 N. Alpine Road (corner of Rural)
Rockford, IL 61108

Phone: (815) 399-2660 (during library hours)

The Family History Center will soon have 52 rolls of  Winnebago County vital records available.

1997 Calendar

MAIL ADDRESS: c/o Ron Winebrenner, 1312 Arnold Ave., Rockford, IL (815) 226-0631



Films arrive in approximately 2 weeks.

Fiche: $.15 each

Fiche remain permanently in the Family History Center.




Our staff is made up of unpaid volunteers. None are professionals. We do not do the research for you. We will direct you in any way in the use of our library. The more groundwork that you lay before you visit us, the more help we can be to you. Most records are pre-1900.

On-line tutorial on using the Family History Center.

Rootsweb Family History Center Link


  1. Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) Computerized microfiche catalog of microfilm and fiche copies of records organized in 4 sections: Locality, Surname, Author-Title, and Subject. Patrons may rent films from this vast collection in Salt Lake City. Three week loans are $3.00. Also on computer.
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI) Computerized microfiche index of 189 million names extracted by the Genealogical Society from civil and church records or names submitted by L.D.S. members. Surnames are alphabetically filed within specific localities (state, province, etc.) and from more than 90 different countries. Also on computer.
  3. Parish and Vital Records Listings (PVRL) Microfiche guide shows which records have been extracted and are listed in the IGI (above) for each geographical area and time period. It also shows which records are currently being extracted and whose names will appear in a future edition of the IGI.
  4. Accelerated Index System (AIS) Microfiche indexes are alphabetical listings of people living in the U.S. from 1607-1906; basically from census records 1790-1850.
  5. Family Registry An alphabetical listing on microfiche of thousands of names being researched, together with names and addresses of those who have registered. Registration is free. Updated periodically.
  6. Everton's Root Cellar Vol I This register was donated by Everton Publishers. It is used much like the Family Registry but registration is not handled through the Family History Library.
  7. Microfiche Reference Collection This is a collection of reference books most frequently requested in the Family History Library in Salt Lake. It is on microfiche and will eventually include 1,000 titles.
  8. Local Card Catalog Includes beginning research, special area helps, directories, atlases, gazetteers, research outlines,periodicals, newsletters, etc. These are to be used in the Family History Center only. They are noncirculating.
  9. Microfilms and Microfiche on loan from Salt Lake Indefinite loans include Hamburg Passenger Lists, Swedish Emigration, Gazetteers. Index to Scottish Parish Registers. Current printouts by country available of films ordered by individuals, which can be used by all patrons.
  10. Ancestral File and Social Security Death Index The Ancestral File is only on the computer. It shows families linked together, pedigrees and descendency charts. The Social Security Death Index includes the Vietnam and Korean War Death Index. It has deaths from 1962 to 1989.
  11. Assistance in Beginning Research Staff direction on where to search and how to fill out pedigree charts, family group sheets, etc. Staff are unpaid volunteers and do not undertake professional research. When you have exhausted local resources, a reference questionnaire may be sent to the Family History Library for direction on where to do further research.
  12. List of Accredited Genealogists This is a list of genealogists who have passed accreditation exams given by the Family History Library. They are listed under their area of accreditation. The FHL does not recommend individual genealogists nor is it responsible for the performance of the genealogist you hire.
  13. Work Already Compiled by Church Members
  14. Copy Service Librarians can make copies from microfilm or microfiche for 25 cents per exposure.
  15. Supplies Pedigree charts, family group sheets, binders and various forms for sale at reasonable prices.
  16. World Conference on Records 1969 conference on microfilm and the 1980 conference partially in paperback.

Winnebago County

 [Boone County Homepage]

Katy Hestand

County Coordinator

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Last updated: Monday, 10-Sep-2018 12:20:51 MDT