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 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.
Library and Archives Catalog
Start your research with an online search of MNHS library and archival collections.
Minnesota People Records Search
Use Minnesota People Records Search to discover materials associated with a particular person or name. Includes birth, death, census, veterans graves, and Gold Star Roll records.
MNHS provides access to hundreds of thousands of digital newspaper pages through the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub and other projects.
Archival Collection Finding Aids
Inventories that list the contents of selected archival collections.
Minnesota Place Names
Provides quick access to the stories behind the names of Minnesota's counties, cities, towns, townships, lakes and streams.-->
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.
Overview of MNHS and other newspaper collections, as well as guidelines and tips for researching newspapers in the library and online.
The Gale Family Library offers a variety of services. A fee is charged for all research performed by staff.