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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Minnesota. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.
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=== Online Resources ===
  
Besides the Family History Library, other record repositories that have major collections and services for genealogical research are described below. The Family History Library has copies of some records of these archives, but all will have additional sources.  
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*[http://search.mnhs.org/index.php?brand=cms Minnesota Historical Society Library, Collections Online], Birth and death certificates, state census, veterans graves, newspapers. index/images.<br><br>
  
Before you visit an archive or library, contact the organization and ask for information on the collection, hours, services, and fees. The Minnesota Historical Society’s Internet site has their catalog on-line, many genealogical research helps, and locations of other genealogical sites.  
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{{TOCright}}These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Minnesota.  
  
'''Minnesota Historical Society <br>'''Minnesota Historical Society Library<br>345 Kellogg Boulevard W.<br>St. Paul, MN 55102-1906<br>Telephone: 651-296-2143<br>Fax: 651-297-7436<br>Internet: [http://www.mnhs.org/library/ www.mnhs.org/library/]
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=== Online Records  ===
  
The Minnesota Historical Society Library has the [http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/records/index.htm State Archives] collection, including local, county, school district, city, and state government records. The library has printed materials relating to the history of Minnesota, copies of the majority of newspapers published in Minnesota, and other historical documents. A guide to genealogical materials in their collection is:
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*Minnesota Historical Society. ''Genealogical Resources of the Minnesota Historical Society: A Guide''. 2nd ed. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1993. (Family History Library {{FHL|682510|title-id|disp=book 977.6 A3mh 1993}}.)
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'''[http://www.mnpals.net/F?RN=771285104&func=file&file_name=basic MnPals Union Catalog]'''
  
Much of the society’s collection is unpublished. Of interest to genealogists are the personal papers in these collections. To find out if the society has a manuscript on your family see:
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:This is a statewide colleges and universities catalog online. Scores of academic and special libraries participate. It is free. Resources include a Civil War veteran card index, Minnesota alien registration card index, Minnesota biography file, photographs, a Minneapolis newspaper index, and several subscription databases.
  
*Minnesota Historical Society. ''Guide to the Personal Papers in the Manuscript Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society''. Three Volumes. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1935, 1955, 1977. (Family History Library {{FHL|140599|title-id|disp=book 977.6 A3m}}.) Lists the time period covered and a brief description of what is included, such as newspaper clippings, diaries, scrapbooks, and genealogical data.
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=== Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Minnesota ===
  
Access to information about cataloged collections (printed, manuscripts, and archives holdings) of the Minnesota Historical Society is available on the Internet.
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[[Minnesota Online Genealogy Records|Online Records]]{{·}} [[National Archives at Chicago]]{{·}} [[Minnesota Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Minnesota Genealogical Society]]{{·}} [[Iron Range Research Center]]{{·}} [[Newberry Library]]{{·}} [[Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library]]
  
=== Regional Centers ===
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=== National Archives ===
  
The Minnesota Historical Society has established regional research centers that find and preserve local records of historical value. Some regional centers have a large collection of genealogy while others have more historical documents. These centers may have family papers, manuscripts, oral history interviews, photographs, maps, drawings of homes, and business and organizational records. Some centers may hold local government records. Some centers have published guides to their holdings. The society has published guides to some centers. The following books list some of the regional research centers’ collections and their location:  
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'''[[National Archives at Chicago]]'''[[Image:NARA Chicago.jpg|right|175px|NARA Chicago.jpg]]<br>7358 S. Pulaski Rd.<br>Chicago, IL 60629-5898<br>Phone: (773)948-9001<br>Fax: (773)948-9050<br>E-mail: [mailto:chicago.archives@nara.gov chicago.archives@nara.gov]<br>Internet: [http://www.archives.gov/chicago/ http://www.archives.gov/chicago/]<br><br>
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*Fogerty, James E., comp. ''Preliminary Guide to the Holdings of the Minnesota Regional Research Centers''. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1975. (Family History Library {{FHL|77089|title-id|disp=book 977.6 A3f no.1}}.) This guide is divided into two sections: "Manuscripts" and "Oral History Interviews." Listed alphabetically, these include title of collection, person or organization, time frame, collection size, reference number, and an abbreviation that indicates which research center holds the collection.
 
  
*Fogerty, James E., comp. ''Manuscripts Collections of the Minnesota Regional Research Centers: Guide Number 2''. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1980. (Family History Library {{FHL|140553|title-id|disp=book 977.6 A3f no.2}}.) This follows the same format as the Preliminary Guide cited above. It includes new holdings and collections that may have been moved.
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:Includes federal censuses 1790–1930; selected military service indexes, pension indexes, passenger lists, and naturalizations. Free computers for Ancestry, Heritage Quest, or Fold3. Federal agency, civil, and criminal court records of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, '''Minnesota''', Ohio, and Wisconsin.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/chicago/archives/genealogy.html Genealogy] in ''National Archives at Chicago'' (accessed 27 February 2014).</ref>
  
The centers are listed below with the counties they cover. Call them for their hours, which vary from center to center, and to see what collections they may have.
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=== Statewide Archives  ===
  
'''Central Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>Centennial Hall, Room 31 <br>St. Cloud State University<br>St. Cloud, MN 56301<br>Telephone: 320-255-3254<br>Internet e-mail: [mailto:cmhc@stcloudstate.edu cmhc@stcloudstate.edu] <br>Internet: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/academic/history/wchrc/
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'''Minnesota Historical Society and Its Regional Centers'''  
  
This center serves the counties of Aitkin, Benton, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec. Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright.  
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:'''[[Minnesota Historical Society]]'''<br>345 Kellogg Boulevard W.<br>St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 USA <br>Telephone: 651-296-2143<br>Fax: 651-297-7436<br>Internet: [http://www.mnhs.org/library/ www.mnhs.org/library/]
  
'''North Central Minnesota Historical Center'''  
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::The Minnesota Historical Society Library acts as a [http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/records/index.htm State Archives], including a great genealogical collection, histories, biographies, newspapers, indexes, local, county, school district, city, and state or county government records, historical documents, and unpublished personal papers. Ethnic groups covered: Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, Germans, and American Indians.<ref name="DB63">William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 63. {{WorldCat|39493985}}; {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Book 973 J54d}}.</ref> Two guides are:
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::*Minnesota Historical Society. ''Genealogical Resources of the Minnesota Historical Society: A Guide'', 2nd ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1993). {{WorldCat|866163173}}; {{FHL|682510|title-id|disp=FHL Book 977.6 A3mh 1993}}.
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::*Minnesota Historical Society. ''Guide to the Personal Papers in the Manuscript Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society'', 3 vols. (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1935, 1955, 1977). {{WorldCat|866170143}}; {{FHL|140599|title-id|disp=book 977.6 A3m}}. Lists the time period covered and a brief description of what is included, such as newspaper clippings, diaries, scrapbooks, and genealogical data.<br>
  
Although this center has been discontinued, it is important to know that its collection was divided between Beltrami County Historical Society and the Minnesota Historical Society. While in existence it served the counties of Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and Lake of the Woods.  
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[https://mndigital.org/ '''Reflections Minnesota Digital Library'''] Newspaper, photos, diaries and much more.
  
'''Northeast Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>University of Minnesota-Duluth<br>Library 375<br>Duluth, MN 55812<br>Telephone: 218-726-8526<br>Internet e-mail: [mailto:pmaus@d.umn.edu pmaus@d.umn.edu]
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:'''''MHS Regional Centers.''''' The Minnesota Historical Society has regional research centers to preserve local records of historical value. These centers may have family papers, manuscripts, oral history interviews, photographs, maps, drawings of homes, and business and organizational records. Some centers may hold local government records. Two guides are:
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::*James E. Fogerty, ''Preliminary Guide to the Holdings of the Minnesota Regional Research Centers'' (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1975). {{WorldCat|1254953}}; {{FHL|77089|title-id|disp=FHL Book 977.6 A3f no.1}}. This guide is divided into two sections: "Manuscripts" and "Oral History Interviews." Listed alphabetically, these include title of collection, person or organization, time frame, collection size, reference number, and an abbreviation that indicates which research center holds the collection.
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::*James E. Fogerty, ''Manuscripts Collections of the Minnesota Regional Research Centers: Guide Number 2'' (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1980). {{WorldCat|6890064}}; {{FHL|140553|title-id|disp=FHL Book 977.6 A3f no.2}}.)
  
This center serves the counties of Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis. It 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. The center is not rich in genealogical material but works as a network with other repositories in the area that have genealogical material. For a guide to their collection see:
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:The centers are listed below with the counties they cover. Call them for their hours, which vary from center to center, and to learn about their collections.<br><br>
  
Northeast Minnesota Historical Center (Duluth, Minnesota). ''Guide to the Collections of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center''. Duluth, Minnesota: University of Minnesota and St. Louis County Historical Society, 1988. (Family History Library {{FHL|439727|title-id|disp=book 977.6 A1 no.57.)}}
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:*'''Central Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>Centennial Hall, Room 31 <br>St. Cloud State University<br>St. Cloud, MN 56301<br>Telephone: 320-255-3254<br>Internet e-mail: [mailto:cmhc@stcloudstate.edu cmhc@stcloudstate.edu] <br>Internet: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/academic/history/wchrc/
  
'''Northwest Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>Livingston Lord Library<br>Moorhead State University<br>Moorhead, MN 56563<br>Telephone: 218-236-2345<br>Fax: 218-299-5924<br>Internet:&nbsp;[http://web.mnstate.edu/archives/NorthwestMN/ http://web.mnstate.edu/archives/NorthwestMN/]<br>  
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::This center serves the counties of Aitkin, Benton, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec. Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright. Original manuscripts, family folders, diaries, journals, newspapers, land ownership maps, genealogies, and histories.<ref name="DB63" /><br><br>
  
This center serves the counties of Becker, Clay, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, and Wilkin. For a guide to their collection see:
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:*'''Northeast Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>University of Minnesota-Duluth<br>Library 375<br>Duluth, MN 55812<br>Telephone: 218-726-8526<br>Internet e-mail: [mailto:pmaus@d.umn.edu pmaus@d.umn.edu]
  
Northwest Minnesota Historical Center (Moorhead, Minnesota). ''Guide to the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center Collections''. Moorhead, Minnesota: Livingston Lord Library, Moorhead State University, 1988. (Family History Library {{FHL|439736|title-id|disp=book 977.6 A1 no.58}}.)
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::This center serves the counties of Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis. This is a very good research facility for the Great Lakes region with many county records, church records, histories, photos, and family folders.<ref name="DB63" /> For a guide see:
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::*Northeast Minnesota Historical Center (Duluth, Minnesota). ''Guide to the Collections of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center''. Duluth, Minnesota: University of Minnesota and St. Louis County Historical Society, 1988. {{WorldCat|866627725}}; {{FHL|439727|title-id|disp=FHL Book 977.6 A1 no.57.}} <br><br>
  
'''Southeast Minnesota Historical Center (Winona)'''  
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:*'''Northwest Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>Livingston Lord Library<br>Moorhead State University<br>Moorhead, MN 56563<br>Telephone: 218-236-2345<br>Fax: 218-299-5924<br>Internet:&nbsp;[http://web.mnstate.edu/archives/NorthwestMN/ http://web.mnstate.edu/archives/NorthwestMN/]<br>
  
The collection of this discontinued center was divided among the historical societies of the counties it served and the Minnesota Historical Society. The collection included materials about the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona.  
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::This center serves the counties of Becker, Clay, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, and Wilkin. For a guide to their collection see:
  
'''Southern Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>Minnesota State University, Mankato <br>Mankato, MN 56001<br>Telephone: 507-389-1029 <br>Internet: http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/
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::*Northwest Minnesota Historical Center (Moorhead, Minnesota). ''Guide to the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center Collections''. Moorhead, Minnesota: Livingston Lord Library, Moorhead State University, 1988. (Family History Library {{WorldCat|18898230}}; {{FHL|439736|title-id|disp=FHL Book 977.6 A1 no.58}}.<br><br>
  
This center serves the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Waseca, and Watonwan.  
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:*'''Southern Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>Minnesota State University, Mankato <br>Mankato, MN 56001<br>Telephone: 507-389-1029 <br>Internet: http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/
  
'''Southwest Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>Southwest State University<br>Social Science 141<br>Marshall, MN 56258<br>Telephone: 507-537-7373<br>Fax: 507-537-7154 <br>Internet: http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/mho/regcent.html
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::This center serves the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Waseca, and Watonwan. Holds periodicals, family folders, cemetery transcripts, obituaries, documents, newspapers, local histories, and genealogies.<ref name="DB63" /><br><br>
  
This center is very active in the genealogical community and has a great genealogical collection. It has some county and local government records that would normally go to the Minnesota Historical Society. It serves the counties of Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, and Yellow Medicine.  
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:*'''Southwest Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>Southwest State University<br>Social Science 141<br>Marshall, MN 56258<br>Telephone: 507-537-7373<br>Fax: 507-537-7154 <br>Internet: http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/mho/regcent.html
  
'''West Central Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>University of Minnesota–Morris<br>600 East 4th Street<br>Morris, MN 56267<br>Telephone: 320-589-6183<br>Fax: 320-589-6117<br>E-mail Address: [mailto:ahernwh@mrs.umn.edu ahernwh@mrs.umn.edu] <br>Internet: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/academic/history/wchrc/
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::This center is very active in the genealogical community and has a great genealogical collection. It has some county and local government records that would normally go to the Minnesota Historical Society. It serves the counties of Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, and Yellow Medicine.<br><br>
  
This center serves the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, and Traverse.  
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:*'''West Central Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>University of Minnesota–Morris<br>600 East 4th Street<br>Morris, MN 56267<br>Telephone: 320-589-6183<br>Fax: 320-589-6117<br>E-mail Address: [mailto:ahernwh@mrs.umn.edu ahernwh@mrs.umn.edu] <br>Internet: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/academic/history/wchrc/
  
=== MnPals  ===
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::This center serves the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, and Traverse.<br><br>
  
[http://www.mnpals.net/F?RN=771285104&func=file&file_name=basic http://www.mnpals.net/F?RN=771285104&amp;func=file&amp;file_name=basic]
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'''[[Minnesota Genealogical Society]]'''<br>5768 Olson Memorial Highway<br>Golden Valley, MN 55422-5014<br>Telephone: 612-595-9347<br>Internet: http://www.mngs.org/  
  
WebPals is an Internet site that provides access to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Statewide Automated Library System (MnSCU/PALS). Scores of academic and special libraries throughout the state are part of this system. Library catalogs identifying artifacts and printed materials may be searched at no charge. Additional resources in the catalog include: Civil War veteran card index, Minnesota alien registration card index, Minnesota biography file, photographs, and a Minneapolis newspaper index. There are also several subscription databases on the system. Not all materials are indexed online.  
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:Their library collection includes ethnic sources, how-to-books, genealogical periodicals, and family surname folders. They also have many indexes of court records, cemeteries, and histories.<ref name="DB63" />
  
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Statewide Automated Library System. "MnPals." [Internet online catalog]. St. Paul, Minnesota: MSCU/PALS, 23 July 1998 [cited 16 November 1999]. The catalog can be searched at [http://www.mnhs.org/library/search/index.html www.mnhs.org/library/search/index.html] .
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=== Regional ===
 
 
=== Additional Repositories ===
 
 
 
'''Minnesota Discovery Center<br>'''Highway 169 West<br>P. O. Box 392<br>Chisholm, MN 55719<br>Telephone: 1-800-372-6437<br>Fax: 218-254-5235<br>Internet:&nbsp;[http://mndiscoverycenter.com/ http://mndiscoverycenter.com/]
 
 
 
This center has an 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. This was a mining area where many immigrants were employed.
 
  
 
'''Immigration History Research Center<br>'''826 Berry Street<br>University of Minnesota<br>St. Paul, MN 55114<br>Telephone: 612-627-4208<br>Fax: 612-627-4190<br>E-mail Address: [mailto:ihrc@gold.tc.umn.edu ihrc@gold.tc.umn.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/  
 
'''Immigration History Research Center<br>'''826 Berry Street<br>University of Minnesota<br>St. Paul, MN 55114<br>Telephone: 612-627-4208<br>Fax: 612-627-4190<br>E-mail Address: [mailto:ihrc@gold.tc.umn.edu ihrc@gold.tc.umn.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/  
  
The Immigration History Research Center’s collection is 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. For a guide to their collection see:  
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:The Immigration History Research Center’s collection is national in scope but includes European immigration to Minnesota by Czechs, Poles, Byelorussians, Carpath-Rusins, Finns, Greeks, Italians, Russians, also Albanians, Armenians, Bulgarians, Croatians, Estonians, Hungarians, Jews, Latvians, Lithuanians, Macedonians, Romanians, Serbs, Slavs, and Ukrainians. The immigrants are from central, eastern, and southern European countries.<ref name="DB63" /> A majority of their records are in a foreign language. For a guide see:  
 
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:*University of Minnesota. Immigration History Research Center. ''The Immigration History Research Center: A Guide to Collections''. New York, NY: Greenwood Press, 1991. (Family History Library {{WorldCat|23694282}}; {{FHL|617980|title-id|disp=FHL Book 977.658 A3i}}. Summary of the archival and library holdings. The purpose of this guide is to assist researchers in determining the usefulness of the collection and to explain the procedure for gaining access to records.<br><br>
University of Minnesota. Immigration History Research Center. ''The Immigration History Research Center: A Guide to Collections''. New York, NY: Greenwood Press, 1991. (Family History Library {{FHL|617980|title-id|disp=book 977.658 A3i}}.) Summary of the archival and library holdings. The purpose of this guide is to assist researchers in determining the usefulness of the collection and to explain the procedure for gaining access to records.  
 
 
 
'''National Archives Central Plains Region (Kansas City)<br>'''2306 East Bannister Road<br>Kansas City, MO 64131<br>Telephone: 816-926-7271<br>Fax: 816-926-6235<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/central-plains/kansas-city/
 
 
 
'''[[National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)|National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)]]<br>'''7358 South Pulaski Road<br>Chicago, IL 60629<br>Telephone: 773-581-7816<br>Fax: 312-886-7883<br>Internet:&nbsp;[http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/ www.archives.gov/great-lakes/]
 
 
 
(Call in advance to reserve microfilm reader.)
 
  
'''[[National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)|National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)]]<br>'''Denver Federal Center Building 48<br>P.O. Box 25307<br>Denver, CO 80225-0307<br>Telephone: 303-407-5700<br>Fax: 303-407-5707<br>http://www.archives.gov/rocky-mountain/  
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'''[[Iron Range Research Center]]'''<br>Minnesota Discovery Center<br>1005 Discovery Drive<br>Chisholm, MN 55719 USA<br>Telephone: 218-254-7959<br>Fax: 218-254-5235<br>Internet:&nbsp;[http://www.mndiscoverycenter.com/research-center/ Iron Range Research Center]
  
=== '''Minnesota Genealogical Society'''  ===
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:This center has an 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. This was a mining area where many immigrants were employed. They have name indexes of immigrants.<ref name="DB63" /><br><br>
  
'''<br>'''5768 Olson Memorial Highway<br>Golden Valley, MN 55422-5014<br>Telephone: 612-595-9347<br>Internet: http://www.mngs.org/  
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'''Stearns History Museum Research Center'''<br>235-33rd Avenue South<br>St. Cloud, MN 56301 USA<br>Telephone: 320-253-8424<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@stearns-museum.org info@stearns-museum.org]<br>Internet: [http://www.stearns-museum.org/about-the-center Research Center]
  
=== Inventories of County Archives  ===
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:This county facility has a statewide and nationwide scope. Their strength is research for immigrants from Germany, and lowlands of western Europe (Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, and southern France). They have amazing indexes of early settlers.<ref name="DB63" /><br><br>
  
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the Historical Records Survey produced 40 inventories of Minnesota county archives. Though the inventories are outdated in many ways, you can use them to learn more about the history, record-keeping systems, and available records of Minnesota counties. The inventories are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Catalog] under:
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'''University of Minnesota Wilson Library'''<br>309 19th Ave S.<br>Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA<br>Telephone: 612-624-3321<br>E-mail: [https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/contact Contact us] form<br>Internet: [https://www.lib.umn.edu/wilson Wilson Library]  
  
MINNESOTA, [COUNTY] – ARCHIVES AND LIBRARY – INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS
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:Their historical manuscript collection is great, including newspapers, business records, church records, local histories, maps, Norwegian Bygdebøker, and government documents.<ref name="DB63" />
  
=== Minnesota Digital Collections ===
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=== Out of State ===
  
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'''[[Newberry Library]]''' [[Image:Newberry Library.jpg|right|175px|Newberry Library.jpg]] <br> 60 West Waltron Street<br> Chicago, IL 60610<br> Telephone: 312-255-3512<br>Email: [mailto:genealogy@newberry.org reference@newberry.org.]<br>Internet: [http://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library] <br><br>
  
=== Web Sites  ===
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:A large Chicago repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records '''many from Minnesota''', the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.<ref>[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy-and-local-history Genealogy and Local History] in ''The Newberry'' (accessed 27 February 2015).</ref> They have over 17,000 printed genealogies. The collection is noteworthy for its colonial America, especially New England holdings. They have church, town, and county histories from all parts of the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. This includes a comprehensive set of New England town histories, and strong collection of county histories from the '''Midwest''' and Mid-Atlantic states. Their Civil War unit histories collection is one of the best.<ref name="DB39">Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.</ref> This library has research guides on various subjects related to genealogy and library holdings cataloged from 1978. &nbsp;See
  
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Minnesota in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels, and the list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
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:*[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy-collection-guides-and-research-tools Genealogy Collection Guides and Research Tools] for more information about the collections.&nbsp;''<br>''
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:*A surname index to genealogical periodicals and local history books in the Newberry Library was completed in 1915 and published as ''The Genealogical Index of the Newberry Library''<ref>''The Genealogical Index of the Newberry Library''. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1960. {{WorldCat|83367401}}  {{FHL|130151|item|disp=FHL films 928135–928137}} and {{FHL|130151|item|disp=FHL book 973 D22n vols. 1–4}}</ref>&nbsp;Since this index is old, be sure to use the [http://www.newberry.org/sites/default/files/textpage-attachments/Genealogical%20Index.pdf online guide sheet] to this collection before using the source.<br><br>
  
*FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service [Internet site]. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22 March 1999 [cited 26 October 1999]. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org] . At this site you can access the Family History Library Catalog, Ancestral File, SourceGuide, lists of Family History Centers, web sites related to family history, and lists of researchers interested in similar genealogical topics. Many records have been indexed and images are searchable on this site.
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'''[[Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library]]'''<br>415 West Main St.<br>Madison, Wisconsin 53703 USA<br>Telephone: 608-255-2224
*You can also learn about and order Family History Library publications.
 
*Howells, Cyndi. ''U.S.– Minnesota– MN''. In Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet [Internet site]. Puyallup, Washington: Cyndi Howells, 6 August 1999 [cited 26 October 1999]. Available at: [http://www.cyndislist.com/mn.htm www.cyndislist.com/mn.htm] . This list has more links to other Minnesota genealogical sites and describes more resources than any other site on the Internet.
 
*"Minnesota USGenWeb." In the USGenWeb Project [Internet site]. N.p., 1999 [cited 26 October 1999]. Available at [http://www.rootsweb.com/~mngenweb/ www.rootsweb.com/~mngenweb/] . This is a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet, for each county, state, and country.
 
*United States Resources: Minnesota. In RootsWeb [Internet site]. N.p., 12 July 1999 [cited 26 October 1999]. Available at: [http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/usa/mn.html www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/usa/mn.html] . This list of sites and resources includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.
 
*"MnGenExchange." In Genealogical Exchange and Surname Registry [Internet site]. N.p., 1996–1999 [cited 26 October 1999]. Available at:
 
  
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Online Resources

These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Minnesota.

Online Records

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

MnPals Union Catalog

This is a statewide colleges and universities catalog online. Scores of academic and special libraries participate. It is free. Resources include a Civil War veteran card index, Minnesota alien registration card index, Minnesota biography file, photographs, a Minneapolis newspaper index, and several subscription databases.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Minnesota

Online Records · National Archives at Chicago · Minnesota Historical Society · Minnesota Genealogical Society · Iron Range Research Center · Newberry Library · Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library

National Archives

National Archives at Chicago
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7358 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60629-5898
Phone: (773)948-9001
Fax: (773)948-9050
E-mail: chicago.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/chicago/

Includes federal censuses 1790–1930; selected military service indexes, pension indexes, passenger lists, and naturalizations. Free computers for Ancestry, Heritage Quest, or Fold3. Federal agency, civil, and criminal court records of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.[1]

Statewide Archives

Minnesota Historical Society and Its Regional Centers

Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard W.
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 USA
Telephone: 651-296-2143
Fax: 651-297-7436
Internet: www.mnhs.org/library/
The Minnesota Historical Society Library acts as a State Archives, including a great genealogical collection, histories, biographies, newspapers, indexes, local, county, school district, city, and state or county government records, historical documents, and unpublished personal papers. Ethnic groups covered: Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, Germans, and American Indians.[2] Two guides are:
  • Minnesota Historical Society. Genealogical Resources of the Minnesota Historical Society: A Guide, 2nd ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1993). WorldCat 866163173; FHL Book 977.6 A3mh 1993.
  • Minnesota Historical Society. Guide to the Personal Papers in the Manuscript Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, 3 vols. (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1935, 1955, 1977). WorldCat 866170143; book 977.6 A3m. Lists the time period covered and a brief description of what is included, such as newspaper clippings, diaries, scrapbooks, and genealogical data.

Reflections Minnesota Digital Library Newspaper, photos, diaries and much more.

MHS Regional Centers. The Minnesota Historical Society has regional research centers to preserve local records of historical value. These centers may have family papers, manuscripts, oral history interviews, photographs, maps, drawings of homes, and business and organizational records. Some centers may hold local government records. Two guides are:
  • James E. Fogerty, Preliminary Guide to the Holdings of the Minnesota Regional Research Centers (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1975). WorldCat 1254953; FHL Book 977.6 A3f no.1. This guide is divided into two sections: "Manuscripts" and "Oral History Interviews." Listed alphabetically, these include title of collection, person or organization, time frame, collection size, reference number, and an abbreviation that indicates which research center holds the collection.
  • James E. Fogerty, Manuscripts Collections of the Minnesota Regional Research Centers: Guide Number 2 (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1980). WorldCat 6890064; FHL Book 977.6 A3f no.2.)
The centers are listed below with the counties they cover. Call them for their hours, which vary from center to center, and to learn about their collections.

This center serves the counties of Aitkin, Benton, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec. Mille Lacs, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright. Original manuscripts, family folders, diaries, journals, newspapers, land ownership maps, genealogies, and histories.[2]

  • Northeast Minnesota Historical Center
    University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Library 375
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Telephone: 218-726-8526
    Internet e-mail: pmaus@d.umn.edu
This center serves the counties of Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis. This is a very good research facility for the Great Lakes region with many county records, church records, histories, photos, and family folders.[2] For a guide see:
  • Northeast Minnesota Historical Center (Duluth, Minnesota). Guide to the Collections of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center. Duluth, Minnesota: University of Minnesota and St. Louis County Historical Society, 1988. WorldCat 866627725; FHL Book 977.6 A1 no.57.

This center serves the counties of Becker, Clay, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, and Wilkin. For a guide to their collection see:
  • Northwest Minnesota Historical Center (Moorhead, Minnesota). Guide to the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center Collections. Moorhead, Minnesota: Livingston Lord Library, Moorhead State University, 1988. (Family History Library WorldCat 18898230; FHL Book 977.6 A1 no.58.

  • Southern Minnesota Historical Center
    Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Mankato, MN 56001
    Telephone: 507-389-1029
    Internet: http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/
This center serves the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Waseca, and Watonwan. Holds periodicals, family folders, cemetery transcripts, obituaries, documents, newspapers, local histories, and genealogies.[2]

This center is very active in the genealogical community and has a great genealogical collection. It has some county and local government records that would normally go to the Minnesota Historical Society. It serves the counties of Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, and Yellow Medicine.

This center serves the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, and Traverse.

Minnesota Genealogical Society
5768 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley, MN 55422-5014
Telephone: 612-595-9347
Internet: http://www.mngs.org/

Their library collection includes ethnic sources, how-to-books, genealogical periodicals, and family surname folders. They also have many indexes of court records, cemeteries, and histories.[2]

Regional

Immigration History Research Center
826 Berry Street
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55114
Telephone: 612-627-4208
Fax: 612-627-4190
E-mail Address: ihrc@gold.tc.umn.edu
Internet: http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/

The Immigration History Research Center’s collection is national in scope but includes European immigration to Minnesota by Czechs, Poles, Byelorussians, Carpath-Rusins, Finns, Greeks, Italians, Russians, also Albanians, Armenians, Bulgarians, Croatians, Estonians, Hungarians, Jews, Latvians, Lithuanians, Macedonians, Romanians, Serbs, Slavs, and Ukrainians. The immigrants are from central, eastern, and southern European countries.[2] A majority of their records are in a foreign language. For a guide see:
  • University of Minnesota. Immigration History Research Center. The Immigration History Research Center: A Guide to Collections. New York, NY: Greenwood Press, 1991. (Family History Library WorldCat 23694282; FHL Book 977.658 A3i. Summary of the archival and library holdings. The purpose of this guide is to assist researchers in determining the usefulness of the collection and to explain the procedure for gaining access to records.

Iron Range Research Center
Minnesota Discovery Center
1005 Discovery Drive
Chisholm, MN 55719 USA
Telephone: 218-254-7959
Fax: 218-254-5235
Internet: Iron Range Research Center

This center has an 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. This was a mining area where many immigrants were employed. They have name indexes of immigrants.[2]

Stearns History Museum Research Center
235-33rd Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301 USA
Telephone: 320-253-8424
E-mail: info@stearns-museum.org
Internet: Research Center

This county facility has a statewide and nationwide scope. Their strength is research for immigrants from Germany, and lowlands of western Europe (Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, and southern France). They have amazing indexes of early settlers.[2]

University of Minnesota Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA
Telephone: 612-624-3321
E-mail: Contact us form
Internet: Wilson Library

Their historical manuscript collection is great, including newspapers, business records, church records, local histories, maps, Norwegian Bygdebøker, and government documents.[2]

Out of State

Newberry Library
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60 West Waltron Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone: 312-255-3512
Email: reference@newberry.org.
Internet: Newberry Library

A large Chicago repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records many from Minnesota, the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[3] They have over 17,000 printed genealogies. The collection is noteworthy for its colonial America, especially New England holdings. They have church, town, and county histories from all parts of the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. This includes a comprehensive set of New England town histories, and strong collection of county histories from the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. Their Civil War unit histories collection is one of the best.[4] This library has research guides on various subjects related to genealogy and library holdings cataloged from 1978.  See
  • Genealogy Collection Guides and Research Tools for more information about the collections. 
  • A surname index to genealogical periodicals and local history books in the Newberry Library was completed in 1915 and published as The Genealogical Index of the Newberry Library[5] Since this index is old, be sure to use the online guide sheet to this collection before using the source.

Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library
415 West Main St.
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 USA
Telephone: 608-255-2224

This center has records of many Norwegian-Americans, including U.S. and Norwegian censuses, passenger lists, church records, family records, and Norwegian bygdebøker (farm histories).[6]

References

  1. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 63. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  3. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  5. The Genealogical Index of the Newberry Library. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1960. WorldCat 83367401 FHL films 928135–928137 and FHL book 973 D22n vols. 1–4
  6. Available Research Tools in Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (accessed 9 November 2015).