Fargo North Dakota Family History Center

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Fargo North Dakota Family History Center

The Fargo North Dakota Family History Center serves eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Other Family History Centers in the area are located in Aberdeen, SD; Bemidji, MN; Detroit Lakes, MN; Grand Forks, ND; and Wahpeton, ND.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map: Location Map

Address: 2502 17th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103

  • Use the west door

Phone: 701-232-4003 (in the Center; message machine)

E-mail: ND_Fargo@familyhistorymail.org

This Family History Center will be closed for the foreseeable future, while we comply with instructions that will hopefully slow the spread of the coronavirus. We will announce when we resume our normal hours. If you would like to be notified when we reopen, please send an email request to the address directly above. Thank you and stay well!

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (except closed 4th Saturday)
  • To make an appointment for other times, please contact the Stake TFH Consultant - Center, Luana Gilstrap, at 1-626-710-2582 (cell).

Holiday Closure Schedule:

  • The Saturdays nearest Easter, July 4, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
  • The entire weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's (except open Saturday, 4 Jan 2020)
  • The Saturdays of the semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Also closed the day of the annual Moorhead Heritage Commission's Family History Workshop in September.

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

Staff Training -- Usually the 3rd Sunday of each month, 2:30 pm[edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog: All film and fiche in this Center are in the FamilySearch Catalog with an availability at this Center.
  • Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information.
  • Indefinite Film Collection -- A large collection of Norwegian church records on microfilm and a variety of Norwegian census rolls are on extended loan. Some of these are not available on the Internet yet.
  • Book Collection: -- Books are being added to the FamilySearch catalog as time permits.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access on Center computers to premium family history websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

As of October 2019, the list of available subscription websites includes:

19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
Alexander Street Press – The American Civil War Research Database
American Ancestors - Library Rights (New England Historic Genealogical Society]
Ancestry.com – Institutional Version
ArkivDigital Online [Sweden]
Find My Past – Institutional Version (British and U.S. sources primarily)
Fold3.com – Formerly Footnote.(focus on military records)
Kinpoint - Premium Edition
My Heritage – Library Edition
Newspapers.com - Basic Edition
Paper Trail

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 4 computers, 1 microfilm reader, 1 microfiche reader Please bring a digital camera if you wish to have a copy from film or fiche.

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Other nearby Family History Centers from Fargo:

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Minnesota, North Dakota and Midwest in general


United States


Non-specialties, but experience: England, Ireland, Czech Republic, Germany

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, Fargo, ND

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, Minnesota.

Red River Valley Genealogical Society Bonanzaville, ND (just west of West Fargo)

(They moved from their Fargo location and are now open in a more spacious facility.)

Links[edit | edit source]

North Dakota, Minnesota.

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

We welcome volunteers from the community to help serve in the Family History Center. It's a great way to help others and to learn by doing. You need not be an expert. Ability to use a computer and willingness to become familiar with the FamilySearch website and resources are key. Contact the TFH - Consultant - Center at the telephone or e-mail listed above for more information.