Rochester Minnesota Family History Center

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Rochester Minnesota Family History Center

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

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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)

Current Items of Note[edit | edit source]

Family History Center Reopening[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]

Please be prepared to observe our current COVID Precautions as listed below:[edit | edit source]

  1. All patrons and staff are expected to wear a mask.
  2. Social distancing is encouraged as much as possible.
  3. 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.

  • 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]


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]

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

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] 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, 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

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.