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Microfilm from Family History Library

The Rochester Public Library has a partnership with the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to help access historical records for genealogy research.
By going to , you can search the Family History Library catalog. If the catalog indicates the title has been microfilmed, you can order specific microfilm reels for $7.50 (for a 3 month loan) and choose RPL as the pick-up location.

You will be able to use our microfilm readers to access the information during the 3-month loan period.  The microfilm needs to stay in the library building during the loan period.
Call us at 507 328-2309 if you have questions.


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