Our Minnesota genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the various archives and libraries in Minnesota, including:
- St. Cloud State University, Central Minnesota Historical Center
Provides history of the local counties through political materials, local community histories, individual family materials, extensive oral historie, photographs
- Northeast Minnesota Historical Center, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Manuscript repository with organizational, business, and family papers and records; maps; architectural drawings; and photo collections; also a publication library with at least 10,000 books and pamphlets, many of which are out of print.
- Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
History and culture of the Red River Valley of North. Consists of correspondence, diaries, newspapers, business records, oral interviews, photographs
- Minnesota State University, Mankato Library
Obituaries from the Mankato Free Press and its predecessor newspapers
- Southwest State University Library
Great genealogical collection of county and local government records that would normally go to the Minnesota Historical Society
- University of Minnesota-Morris Archives
Contains administrative records, personal papers of staff, American Indian Boarding School records, rare books, West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center
- Minnesota Discovery Center
Extensive collection of records dealing with the string of towns that extends about 200 miles east to west across St. Louis County and other counties.
- Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
National in scope, but includes immigration to Minnesota. The immigrants are from central, eastern, and southern European countries. A majority of their records are in a foreign language
Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, Minnesota)
It is also called the Gale Family Library and contains the state archives. This archive contains:
Assessment and tax records
Largest collection of Minnesota newspapers ranging from 1849 to present. Includes daily and weekly Minnesota newspapers, as well as non-English-language, labor, ethnic, reservation, legal, prison, religious, political, school, and other special-interest papers.
State Archives materials are listed in the library catalog. Refer to the State Archives Inventory Notebooks for detailed information on holdings.
Southeast Minnesota Historical Center in Winona, Minnesota.
This archive contains obituaries from the Mankato Free Press and its predecessor newspapers.
- Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota archives: St. Louis County courthouse, Northeast Minnesota Historical Center (archives of St. Louis County Historical Society), Duluth Public Library, University of Minnesota-Duluth, area churches and cemeteries
Northeast Minnesota Historical Center at University of Minnesota-Duluth in Duluth, Minnesota.
The Northeast Minnesota Historical Center at University of Minnesota-Duluth is a manuscript repository with organizational, business, and family papers and records; maps; architectural drawings; and photo collections. It is also a publication library with at least 10,000 books and pamphlets, many of which are out of print.
Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University (Mankato, Minnesota)
The collections include manuscript collections from twelve counties in South Central Minnesota and organizational and business records, as well as personal papers, dating back to the 1860s
For research purposes, view a List of the Manuscript Collections held by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center.
Southwest Minnesota Historical Center at Southwest State University (Marshall, Minnesota)
The Southwest Minnesota Historical Center at Southwest State University has a great genealogical collection of county and local government records.
Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.
If you want to know more about how our genealogists can further your research, you can request a research quote.
Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Minnesota include:
- Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1870
- Birth records recorded by the state government from 1900 to the present
- Marriage records recorded by the state government from 1958 to the present
- Death records recorded by the state government from 1870 to the present
- Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1790
- State, territorial, and colonial censuses from 1836 to 1905
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Probate records were kept by the local courts from mid 1800s to the present
- Churches sometimes kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods which contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Town and county histories were written that record information about the settlers and their families; many family genealogies of the settlers of Minnesota have also been written
- Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts as early as 1850s
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas