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Family History Research

Family history can be a very rewarding and educational activity.  The Minnesota Historical Society has a variety of resources to help you learn about your family's history.  If you are just starting out on your  family research it is best to begin in a systematic way. Your research will be more productive and generally more successful if you do.

Family History Research in 8 Easy Steps

  • Step 1: Start with what you know
  • Step 2: Prepare for your visit to the library.
  • Step 3Determine the kind of record you need.
  • Step 4Record your results.
  • Step 5Decide what you want to find out next.
  • Step 6What you can do at home.
  • Step 7Read about the areas in which your ancestors lived.
  • Step 8Read about doing family research. Join a society.  Share your research.


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Brigid Shields
Reference Librarian

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