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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.

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Records & Indexes

Historical data and primary source materials.

Beaded pouch, one of the items in the MNHS 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.

A death certificate, which can be viewed on microfilm at the Gale Family Library

Death Records

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

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.


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.

Minnesota Place Names

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

Library Catalog

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

State Census Records

Search Minnesota state census records created between 1865 and 1905.

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub

This online resource provides access to hundreds of thousands of pages from geographically and culturally diverse Minnesota newspapers dating back to 1856.

Oral History Collection

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

Archival Collection Finding Aids

Inventories that list the contents of selected archival collections.

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

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

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

Family History Guide

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

Video Tutorials

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

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

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