Rochester Minnesota Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


Rochester Minnesota Family History Center

We serve the southeast Minnesota area.  Help available to all researchers.


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IMPORTANT: Due to precautions being taken to limit the spread and minimize risk posed by the Coronavirus,[edit | edit source]

all face-to-face meetings are canceled at the Rochester Family History Center until further notice.[edit | edit source]

Please call 801 263-1637 with questions about Family Search or for help with your Family History / Genealogy.[edit | edit source]

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map: Location Map
Address: 2300 Viola Heights Dr, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Enter building through NORTHEAST doors and ring bell on wall if inner doors are locked.
Phone: 507-281-6641 - You may also leave a message at 801 263-1637
E-mail: MN_Rochester@familyhistorymail.org


Open Hours :
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Other: By appointment -- call and leave message with your number on phone listed above or reply to the E-mail above.
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE - 2020 We are closed for the following:
Thanksgiving and Nativity Event: Closed the Week of Nov 23 and the Week of Dec 1
Christmas and New Years: Closed the Week of Dec 21 and the Week of Dec 28
Inclement Weather: Closed with Rochester Public Schools--If they are closed, we are closed, if they are delayed 2 hours, so are we.


=== Center Resources ===
To View a List of Local Resources at the Center:
1. Logon to www.familysearch.org with your Sign On User Name and Password.
2. Click on the Search Menu at the top of the Home page.
3. Click on the Catalog Menu Option.
4. Select Family History Center located in the Availability section of the page; the Family History Library drop-down data input field will display.
5. Enter Rochester into the data field and select the Rochester Minnesota Family History Center entry.
6. Click the Search icon.
7. Search Results for Family Search Catalog will display.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access while in the Center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
  • These are subject to change.
  • Current Portal Websites
    • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
      • Alexander Street Press
      • The American Civil War: Research Database / Letters and Diaries / Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera / Social and Cultural History / Women and Social Movements in the United States
    • American Ancestors - Library Rights
    • Ancestry - Institution Versions --- U.S. / Austrailia / Canada / Germany / Sweden / United Kingdom
    • Arkivdigital - English display available
    • FamNet
    • Findmypast - Institution Version
    • Fold3
    • Geneanet
    • Kinpoint - Premium
    • MyHeritage - Library Edition
    • Newspaper Archive
    • Paper Trail
    • Puzzila - Premium Services

FREE Genealogy Sites that May Be Helpful[edit | edit source]

Center Resources and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 7 computers - printer enabled
  • 2 microfilm readers
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • 1 microfilm printer


Staff Research Specialties

Ancestry.com: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00
U.S. Before 1850: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00
British Isles: Wednesdays 12:00-3:00
French: by appointment ask for Sharon
German: by appointment ask for Lynn
Norwegian or Swedish: by appointment ask for Andrea
Native American: by appointment ask for Valerie
Illinois Vital Records, ancestry.com: by appointment ask for Tiffany
Mennonite, Scotland, New Jersey: by appointment ask for Melissa

Links to Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Rochester Public Library Genealogy Collection
Olmsted County Historical Society
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Minnesota History Center

Upcoming Or Local Events[edit | edit source]

NorthStar Genealogy Conference - October 9 - 10, 2020

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

We are always looking for volunteers who know how to help others with their family history, to help staff the Center, or to help teach classes. Leave a message on our phone system if you are interested in volunteering.