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Last Updated: Sep 9, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Research Options

  • Visit the MNHS Library
    A guide on visiting and using the MNHS 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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Ojibwe or Anishinaabe people arrived in Minnesota from the east hundreds of years ago by way of the Great Lakes. Their tradition recounts that they needed to settle in a place where food grows on the water. That food, wild rice, has been both a food resource and a mainstay of their culture, supporting families for many generations.

All people typically leave records of births and deaths, marriages, education, employment, religious and political affiliations, military service, property ownership, and relationships to government and the law, ranging from paying taxes and registering a business, to annutiy rolls, and church records. The Minnesota Historical Society Library has many of these records, as well as additional valuable items.

This guide will help your research your family history by exploring: 


MNHS Reference Staff

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

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By Phone (651-259-3300)
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Library Hours
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wed. to Sat.: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
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Guide Author

Reference Staff

Katie Jean Davey
Reference Librarian

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

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