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As you progress in your family history research, you may wish to contact some of the agencies and organizations listed below.

Bureau of Land Management
Eastern States Division

Department of the Interior
450 Boston Blvd.
Springfield VA 22153

Contact for information on homestead records.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Family History Centers

2801 Douglas Drive North
Crystal MN


2140 Hadley Avenue North
St. Paul MN

Resources include the International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Family Registry and research outlines written by professional family historians. Call ahead for hours and to reserve computer time. Staff can assist you in borrowing microfilm (e.g. ships passenger lists) from Salt Lake City for a fee.

County Administrator
[County name]
[County seat] MN [ZIP code]

Birth, marriage and death records for many Minnesota counties, from formation of county to present

Immigration History Library
University of Minnesota

826 Berry Street
St. Paul MN 554114
e-mail: ihrc@gold.tc.umn.edu

Large collection containing personal papers, newspapers, fraternal society and church materials, oral history interviews and studies of various ethnic communities. Note: does not include sources such as ships lists, naturalization records, census, etc.

Minnesota Department of Health
Section of Vital Statistics Registration

They no longer handle in-person requests. See this link for ordering information.


Minnesota birth and death records, 1900-present. Fee charged. For pre-1900 and marriage records, see County Administrators.

Minnesota Genealogical Society
1185 Concord St. N., Ste. 218
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Phone 651-455-9057

The library houses over 7000 volumes on family history as well as samples of family history software to try. Classes and research interest groups (e.g. Irish genealogy) offered. Staffed by volunteers. Call for hours.

Missing Persons Inquiries
Salvation Army
Central Territorial Hedquarters

10 W. Algonqin Road
Des Plaines IL 60016-6006

Will assist the public in reestablishing contact with missing relatives. Fee charged.

National Archives and Records Administration
Reference Services

Washington D.C. 20408
202-501-5400 (Public Reference Information, Archives I)
202-501-5410 (Genealogy Staff, Archives I)
301-713-6800 (General Reference, Archives II)
e-mail: inquire@arch2.nara.gov

The National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to family history, American Indians, and pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters. World War II records are housed at the National Archives at College Park (Archives II.) Researchers must be at least 16 years old. A Fax on Demand service, for use with the handset on a fax machine, gives information on collections and services: (301) 713-6905.

National Archives Personnel Records Center (NCPC)
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63132

Military service records, World War II and later.

Vital Records
Hennepin County Government Center

300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis MN 55487
612-348-8240 or 612-348-8241

Minneapolis and Hennepin County birth and death records, 1870-present. Fee charged.

Saint Paul - Ramsey County
Department of Public Health

555 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Birth and death records for all of Ramsey County. Fee charged.