Minneapolis Minnesota Family History Center

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Minneapolis Minnesota Family History Center

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: Location Map

Address: 2801 Douglas Dr Crystal, MN 55422-2403

  • 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

Phone: 1-763-544-2479

E-mail: MN_Minneapolis@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Mondays: 9am - 3pm
  • Tuesdays: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 10am - 1pm and 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursdays: 10am - 1pm and 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Holiday Schedule 2017:

Closed all Major Holidays as well as:

  • April 1st 2017 LDS General Conference
  • June 25th-July 9th 2017
  • September 30th 2017 LDS General Conference
  • November 19th-26th 2017
  • December 22nd 2017-January 1st 2018 (reopening January 2nd)

Calendar and Events

2017 Classes

Click to see the schedule of FamilySearch Online Classes

Center Resources

Things to Do at the Family History Center

Collections

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information. 6000+ Microfilms/Microfiches
  • Indefinite Film Collection -- a collection of films on a variety of subjects, to include vital records, county records, court records, etc.
  • Book Collection: -- 750+ genealogy related books, 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
  1. Access Newspaper Archive
  2. Alexander Street Press
  3. Ancestry.com
  4. ArkivDigital Online
  5. Find-My-Past (UK)
  6. Fold3 (Previously known as Footnote)
  7. The Genealogist
  8. Godfrey Memorial Library
  9. Heritage Quest Online
  10. Historic Map Works Library Edition
  11. Paper Trail
  12. World Vital Records
  • Genealogy database software

These genealogy programs can be used for free within the center:

  1. RootsMagic
  2. Legacy
  3. Ancestral Quest
  4. PAF
  5. Family Insight
  6. And others

Hardware and Equipment

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

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)

Volunteer at the Center

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, Alan Stoddard or Audra Stoddard, at the Center (763-544-2479) or by email (mn_minneapolis@ldsmail.net) for an interview.