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Research Options

  • Visit the MHS Library
  • Research Services
    Fee-based research services offered by MHS Library staff.
  • Your Local Library
    Many books listed in the Secondary Sources can be checked out at other libraries.

  • Local Historical Societies
    A list of MN county and town historical societies, with contact info and web links
    A subscription genealogy website. Visit the MHS Library to use our subscription.
  • FamilySearch
    A free family history site that allows you to search records from around the world.

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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.



MHS Reference Staff

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Gale Family Library
MN Historical Society Library
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Contact Us:
By Phone (651-259-3300)
By Email

Library Hours
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wed. to Sat.: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Holiday Hours


Guide Author

Brigid Shields

Reference Associate

Minnesota Historical Society Library • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300

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