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Heart O'Lakes Genealogical Society

Detroit Lakes Family History Center

Highway 34 East & Pelican River Road

The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has the largest genealogical microfilm collection in the world. The Detroit Lakes Branch Library has access to most of the Family History Libraryís continually growing microfilm collection of primarily non-LDS records from all over the world.

Local facilities are provided in the Detroit Lakes church meeting house. Highway #34 & Pelican River Road (entrance on the north side of the building). The Center is staffed entirely by volunteers and is open to the public at no charge.

Wednesday 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 - 3:00 and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 p.m.

Closed on holidays (Memorial Day, Independance Day, and Labor Day), the whole week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, the Saturday before Easter, the Family History Workshop (usually the third or fourth weekend in September), and the first Saturday in April & October for General Conferences. The FHS will also be closed during inclement weather. Phone number is 218-847-3260 when Center is open. For further information call the Director - Mrs. Alice Gramm at 218-847-6667. You are encouraged to make an appointment.

Due to the privacy laws, almost all of our resources about people are 100 years old. While we do not do actual research for individuals, WE CAN -
1) help you organize your information and documents.
2) help you start your own research.
3) help you select and order microfilm.
4) refer difficult questions to experts.
5) refer you to accredited professional researchers.
6) refer you to other area repositories.

After searching through the Centerís extensive indexes, you should be able to identify an area that would have information about your ancestors. We can then order the film for you from The Family History Center in Salt Lake City. Payment for microfilm rental is made at time of order: $3.25 for three months, $3.25 for the next renewal of three more months. If necessary, an additional $3.25 will renew a film for an indefinite period until work in that area is finished.

Please call Mrs. Alice Gramm prior to visit for an appointment at 218-847-6667 (home) or 218-847-3260 (Center). Find out all that you can about your family. Organize all the data as much as you can. If you do not have any pedigree charts or family group record chart, you may purchase them at the library for cost. The correct way to organize and search for ancestors is to start with yourself and work backwards to your earliest ancestor.


The International Genealogical Index (IGA) has over 160 million name index of information extracted from Parish Records world wide from the middle 1500ís to about 1870. names are arranged under the place where the event took place. Microfilm copies of the original records may be ordered.

The Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) is a microfiche catalog of hundreds of thousands of microfilms and other items. Most may be ordered for use at the Family History Center.

Social Security Death Index. This index is a file of over 39 million brief records made available from the U.S. Government through the freedom of information act. The files cover records of deaths reported between 1962-1989.

U.S. Federal Census index of heads of households between 1790-1850.

This is a service offered without charge. It is available to anyone involved in genealogical research. It will help individuals to locate others researching common lines. The records received from this film will form a reliable and useful source of family-linked genealogical information never before available. You are encouraged to share your most accurate family lines. Ask for information for help in submitting research.

This is a computerized system of genealogical information on compact disc, developed by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Included in this system are the Family Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Family History Library Catalog, Social Security Death Index and Military Index.

Genealogical Links

Heart O'Lakes Genealogical Society
Becker County Historical Society
Becker County GenWeb