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The Minneapolis MN Family History Center located at 2801 N. Douglas Dr. in Crystal MN in the lower level of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serves all of Minneapolis and Northwestern, Southwestern and Western Suburbs. We have about 40 Volunteers trained to help over 3,000+ patrons who visit the Center each year. The Center is dedicated to providing educational classes/workshops, one-on-one assistance and genealogical resources.


Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 2801 Douglas Dr Crystal MN 55422-2403 United States
  • We are located in the lower level of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Park in the lower parking lot and enter through the doors located there
  • Language:English


  • 1-763-544-2479


  • MN_Minneapolis@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Mondays: 9am - 3pm
  • Tuesdays: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 10am - 1pm and 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Thursdays: 10am - 1pm and 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Holiday Schedule 2015:

All Major Holidays as well as: April 4th and Oct 3rd in observance of LDS General Conference:

June 29th-July 12th 2015: November 24th-28th 2015: December 21st 2015-January 2nd 2016:


Holiday Schedule:

All Major Holidays: June 30th-July 12th 2014: November 25th-29th 2014: December 22nd 2014-January 3rd 2015:

Calendar and Events

Class Schedule

Join us for one class each Thursday evening 7:30-9:00 and a few Wednesday morning classes at 10:30-11:30.  (see schedule below)

  • 26 Feb: "Merging and Un-Merging in Family Search" - Judy Martin
  • 5 Mar: "Better Search Techniques for Ancestry & Family Search" - Kim Ashford
  • 12 Mar: "Where Can I Look Next? - Using Family Search Wiki" - Larry Heyn
  • WED 18 Mar: "Attaching Sources and Tagging in Family Tree" - Cindy Clark
  • 19 Mar: "Using Tablets and Phones with FamilySearch" - Don Clark
  • 26 Mar: "Workshop: Adding Photos, Documents & Stories to Family Tree" Jennifer Fritzler & Phil Dailey

Staff Training Meetings:

  • None scheduled at this time.  Staff are encouraged to attend Thursday night classes.

Center Resources


  • 750+ genealogy related books
  • 6000+ Microfilms/Microfiches
  • 250+ Maps
  • Gazetteers/Atlases

Databases and Software

  • 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. Including the following
19th Century British Newspapers 
Access Newspaper Archive 
Alexander Street Press 
ArkivDigital Online
Find-My-Past (UK) 
Fold3 (Previously known as Footnote) 
The Genealogist 
Godfrey Memorial Library 
Heritage Quest Online 
Historic Map Works Library Edition 
Paper Trail 
World Vital Records 
  • Genealogy database software
These genealogy programs can be used for free within the center: 
Ancestral Quest 
Family Insight
And others 

Hardware and Equipment

  • 16 networked computer workstations
  • Paper copier
  • 10 microfilm/2 microfiche readers
  • 2 microfilm/fiche digital scanners
  • 2 flatbed scanners
  • Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet Access for Laptops

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties --COMING SOON!!

Local Resources

Archives and Libraries
  • Minnesota Historical Society and Archives - Link Is a source for many records from all over the state of Minnesota. They also have a bookstore and several classes offered.
  • Hennepin County Library - Link They have several databases that can be accessed through a library card. The Minneapolis Library also has a large historical collection. All branches have many resources of interest to researchers.
Genealogy Societies
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society - Link A society that specializes in Minnesota research. They also have their own library of research materials. They offer conferences, meetings and many classes throughout the year.
  • Germanic Genealogy Society - Link A society that specializes in Germanic research. They offer conferences, meetings, and many classes throughout the year. They also house their library at Concordia Library in St. Paul, MN.

Helpful Websites (free access)

  1. FamilySearch – Link
  2. FamilySearch Learning Center - Link
  3. FamilySearch UTube - Link
  4. FamilySearch Wiki - Link
  5. NewFamilySearch - Link
  6. USGenWeb - Link
  7. Genuki (UK and Ireland) Link
  8. Find A Grave - Link
  9. Google Search - Link
  10. Mocavo Search - Link
  11. Utah Digital Newspapers - Link
  12. BYU Idaho Special Collections - Link
  13. Cyndi’s List - Link

Volunteer at the Center

Feeling lost in your Family History Consultant Calling? - Take advantage of our training program. Just want to learn more about Family History? - Those who serve always learn the most! Experienced family historians - We need your knowledge and skills.

INTERESTED: Contact our Directors, Don Clark or Cindy Clark, at the Center (763-544-2479[[Image:]]763-544-2479) or by email for an interview.


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