Rochester Minnesota Family History Center
|This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.|
WELCOME to the Family History Center![edit | edit source]
- Family History Assistance is available when you leave a phone or email message.
- Phone: 507-281-6641 (or 801 263-1637)
- E-mail: MN_Rochester@familyhistorymail.org
Current Items of Note[edit | edit source]
The Family History Center will be open beginning Tuesday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.[edit | edit source]
Regular hours will then resume as follows:[edit | edit source]
Tuesday - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday - 9 a.m. to noon & 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.[edit | edit source]
- All patrons and staff are expected to wear a mask.
- Social distancing is encouraged as much as possible.
- Good hygiene is requested as regular use of hand sanitizer or washing along with use of disinfecting keyboard, mouse and counter surfaces before and after use.
Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]
- Location Map: Location Map
- Address: 2300 Viola Heights Dr., Rochester, MN 55901
- Enter through NORTHEAST doors and ring bell on wall if inner doors are locked.
- OPEN HOURS :
- Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Other by Appointment -- Leave a Message with Your Number on Phone or E-mail Listed Above.
- HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 2021 - We are closed for the following:
- Thanksgiving and Nativity Event: Closed the Week of Nov 22 and the Week of Dec 1
- Christmas and New Years: Closed the Week of Dec 20 and the Week of Dec 27
- Inclement Weather: Closed with Rochester Public Schools--If they are closed, we are closed, if they are delayed 2 hours, so are we.
Training & Education Videos [edit | edit source]
- SOURCING BASICS
- This video is targeted at the beginning genealogist or family historian.
- It is likely also useful to individuals who need a refresher on the "What - Why - and How" of source citation.
Local Resources[edit | edit source]
Helpful LINKS[edit | edit source]
- Genealogy Topics on YouTube
- Genealogy BLOG (United States Only)
- Ancestral Findings Podcast
- Genealogy Gems Podcast by Lisa Louise Cooke
- Genealogy Guys BLOG
- Extreme Genes Podcast
- Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
- Family Tree Magazine Podcast
- Google Newspaper Archive (obits - death notices - historic articles)
Resources and Equipment[edit | edit source]
- 7 computers -printer enabled
- 2 microfilm readers
- 1 microfiche reader
- 1 microfilm printer
Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]
- Ancestry.com: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00 or by appointment
- U.S. Before 1850: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00 or by appointment
- British Isles: by appointment
- 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
Upcoming Or Local Events[edit | edit source]
NorthStar Genealogy Conference - October 1 & 2 2021
Demo of RootsMagic Personal Database - September 23 - 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Leave E-mail to request Zoom link information at MN_Rochester@familyhistorymail.org
Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]
We are always looking for volunteers who can help:
- Assist Others with Their Family History
- Staff the Center
- Teach Classes
Leave a message on our phone system if you are interested in volunteering.