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Research

Whether you're conducting research online or using the History Center's renowned Gale Family Library, these essential tools, materials and services will provide information and guidance.

Records & Indexes | Research Help

Records & Indexes

Historical data and primary source materials.

Search Collections

Search Collections

Search a wealth of records and images from MNHS collections. Includes photographs, artifacts, maps and atlases, oral histories, works of art, sound recordings and much more.

Death Records

Death Records

Death records from 1904-2001 are indexed online and available on microfilm at the Gale Family Library.

National Register of Historic Places

National Register of Historic Places

The nation's official list of properties deemed worthy of preservation. Contains more than 1,500 Minnesota listings, encompassing over 6,000 properties from all counties in the state.

Maps

Maps

The MNHS map collection consists of about 19,000 maps and nearly 2,000 volumes of atlases. The collection strongly emphasizes the state of Minnesota from 1849 to the present, but also covers the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Valley.

Library Catalog

Library Catalog

Start your research with an online search of MNHS library and archival collections.

People Finder

People Finder

Use the People Finder to discover materials associated with a particular person or name. Includes birth, census, and death records, and more.

State Census Records

State Census Records

Search Minnesota state census records created between 1865 and 1905.

Digital Newspapers

Digital Newspapers

MNHS provides access to hundreds of thousands of digital newspaper pages through the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub and other projects.

Oral History Collection

Oral History Collection

Audio, video and written transcripts from more than 1,300 interviews in the MNHS Oral History collection.

Minnesota Place Names

Minnesota Place Names

Provides quick access to the stories behind the names of Minnesota's counties, cities, towns, townships, lakes and streams.

Archival Collection Finding Aids

Archival Collection Finding Aids

Inventories that list the contents of selected archival collections.

Birth Records

Birth Records

Provides access to Minnesota birth certificates from 1900-1934 (approximately 1.8 million records), through a collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Veterans' Graves Registry

Veterans' Graves Registry

Approximately 70,000 records of the graves of persons who served in the military or naval forces of the United States and whose mortal remains were buried in Minnesota.

Research Help

Tools, tips and guidance.

Research Guides by Topic

Research Guides by Topic

Subject guides, how-tos and other useful research resources.

Family History Guide

Family History Guide

An essential tool for genealogists researching Minnesota family, local and state history.

Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Lessons for conducting research online and in the Gale Family Library.

Newspaper Resources

Newspaper Resources

Overview of MNHS and other newspaper collections, as well as guidelines and tips for researching newspapers in the library and online.

Research Services

Research Services

The Gale Family Library offers a variety of services. A fee is charged for all research performed by staff.