Mankato Minnesota Family History Center

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Mankato Minnesota Family History Center

Our center services the greater Mankato area including the following Minnesota counties: Blue Earth, Nicollet, Brown, LeSueur, Waseca, Watonwan, and beyond.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map: Location Map

Address: 1851 Marie Lane North Mankato, MN 56003

  • Language: English

Phone: 507-625-8342


Open Hours:

  • Tuesdays: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 10:00am-9:00pm
  • We can also arrange for appointments at other times when possible. Please call the center and leave a message with your contact information.
  • From time to time we may have an unscheduled closings due to staff illnesses or absences. If you are coming from out of town you may want to call ahead to confirm we are open.

Holiday Schedule:

Closed all Major Holidays. Week of Thanksgiving. Last two weeks in December. Closed for inclement weather. Please call center with any questions.

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]


Presented Saturday January 28, 2017

Photo courtesy of Bishop Aaron Budge

Class Schedule:[edit | edit source]

We are currently developing a series of free genealogical research classes. Dates and times to be announced. You may e-mail us with suggestions of topics that interest you.

FamilySearch has free monthly online webinars. Check the website for dates and times. Some Webinars require pre-registrations.

A note from the Director:

The 2019 RootsTech Conference whose main sponsor and host is FamilySearch will be held 2/27/2019 - 3/2/2019 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, share and celebrate their family connections across generations through technology. At RootsTech, there is something for everyone, no matter your experience in family history or your skill level in technology. This is an annual event. I recommend attending if you can.

If you are not able to physically attend. Many of the main programs are simulcast each day via internet at RootsTech 2019. Check their website for times and dates. Videos for many of the programs will also be available online after the event closes.

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center may have various films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Records from the Microfilm and microfiche collections are being digitized and will appear online as they are digitized.

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. 
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War:
  • American Ancestors - Library Rights
  • - Institution Versons: US | Australia | Canada | Germany | Sweden | United Kingdom
  • ArkivDigital Online  (Swedish records)
  • Find My Past - Institution Version
  • (Previously known as
  • Geneanet
  • Kinpoint - Premium
  • MyHeritage - Library Edition
  • Newspaper Archive
  • Paper Trail
  • ProQuest Obituary Listings
  • Puzilla - Premium Services

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 5 computers with internet access, 6 microfilm readers, 1 microfiche reader 1 microfilm/microfiche reader/scanner/printer

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Always call for specific staff availability

  • Joyce Gardner
    • Usually available Thursdays 10am - 2pm
    • German, Pomeranian, Irish, Minnesota genealogy
  • James Osborne
    • Usually available Tuesdays 10am - 2pm
    • Over 30 years of genealogy research experience
  • Michael Jones (Family History Center director)
    • Usually available Thursdays 2pm-closing
    • Proficient with research & documentation, as well as our premium research websites.
  • Annette Honda
    • Usually available Thursdays 5pm - 9pm
    • Utah, Vermont, Danish, and English genealogy
  • Brenda Lampman
    • Usually available Thursdays 10am-2pm
    • People of the First Nation family research (Native American)
    • Also proficient with
  • Don Petty
    • Usually available Tuesdays 2pm-5pm
    • Over 10 years of genealogical research experience

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Links[edit | edit source]

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

If you would like to be a volunteer at The Mankato Family History Center, We would be happy to discuss that with you! You do not have to be a "seasoned" genealogist, or a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be a member of our team. Your enthusiasm for Family History or Genealogy, some basic computer knowledge, and the desire to assist others is what is needed. We will train you to work with our systems and patrons. You may call and leave a message, or send us an e-mail message at the above email address to be considered.