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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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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

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:
SPRING BREAK: We will be closed the week of Spring Break: March 25 to March 30 and Open again beginning April 2, 2019.
Thanksgiving and Nativity Event:
Christmas and New Years:
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
1. Logon to 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 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

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 7 computers
  • 3 microfilm readers
  • 1 microfiche reader
  • 1 microfilm printer

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Polish: by appointment ask for Ed 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

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

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

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.