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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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{{TOCright}}These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Minnesota.  
  
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.
 
  
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.
 
  
'''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 Resources ===
  
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materials relating to the history of Minnesota, copies of the majority of newspapers published in Minnesota, and other historical documents.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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*[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>
  
*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}}.)
 
  
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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=== Online Records  ===
  
*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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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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'''[http://www.mnpals.net/F?RN=771285104&func=file&file_name=basic MnPals Union Catalog]'''
  
=== Regional Centers  ===
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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.
  
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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=== Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Minnesota ===
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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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[[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]]
  
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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=== National 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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'''[[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>[http://www.archives.gov/chicago/ Wesite]<br>[mailto:chicago.archives@nara.gov/ Email]<br><br>
  
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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:Serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Includes federal censuses, Indian censuses for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; Indian school records, passenger arrival lists, U.S. District and Circuit Courts in Illinois 1819-1982, Indiana 1819-1961, Michigan 1815-1961, Minnesota 1890-1957, Ohio 1803-1961, Wisconsin 1839-1961; bankruptcies, criminal cases, a multi-state naturalization index 1840-1950, pre-World War I military service, pension and bounty land warrnat records, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Corp of Engineers, General Land Office applications and registers, Internal Revenue Service, African American histories, fugitive slaves, and Great Lakes and inland waterways.<br>
  
'''North Central Minnesota Historical Center'''
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=== Statewide Archives  ===
  
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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'''Minnesota Historical Society and Its Regional Centers'''
  
'''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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:'''[[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><br> [http://www.mnhs.org/ Website]<br>[mailto:webmaster@mnhs.org/ Email]<br><br>
  
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 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.ks, and genealogical data.<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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[http://reflections.mndigital.org/ Reflections Website]
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:Newspaper, photos, diaries and much more.
  
'''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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:'''''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.  
  
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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: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>
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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>[http://www.mrs.umn.edu/ Website]<br>[mailto:cmhc@stcloudstate.edu/ Email]<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.<br><br>
  
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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:'''Northeast Minnesota Historical Center'''<br>University of Minnesota-Duluth<br>Library 375<br>Duluth, MN 55812<br>Telephone: 218-726-8526<br>[mailto:pmaus@d.umn.edu/ Email]
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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. <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>[http://web.mnstate.edu// Website]<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.<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>[http://lib.mnsu.edu/ Website]
  
'''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.<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>[http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/mho/regcent.htm/ Website]
  
'''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>[http://www.mrs.umn.edu/ Website]<br>[mailto:ahernwh@mrs.umn.edu/ Email]<br>
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::This center serves the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, and Traverse.<br><br>
  
=== MnPals  ===
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'''[[Minnesota Genealogical Society]]'''<br>5768 Olson Memorial Highway<br>Golden Valley, MN 55422-5014<br>Telephone: 612-595-9347<br>[http://www.mngs.org/ Website]<br>[mailto:info@mngs.org/ Email]
  
[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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: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.<br>
  
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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=== Regional  ===
  
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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'''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>[http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/ Website]<br>[mailto:ihrc@gold.tc.umn.edu/ Email]
  
=== Additional Repositories  ===
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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. 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>
  
'''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/]  
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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>[http://www.ironrangeresearchcenter.org// Website]
  
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.  
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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.<br><br>
  
'''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/
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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
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<br>[http://www.stearns-museum.org/ Website]<br>[mailto:info@stearns-museum.org/ Email]
  
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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: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.<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.  
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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>[https://www.lib.umn.edu/ Website] <br>[https://www.lib.umn.edu/ Email]
  
'''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/
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:Their historical manuscript collection is great, including newspapers, business records, church records, local histories, maps, Norwegian Bygdebøker, and government documents.<br><br>
  
'''[[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/]
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=== Out of State  ===
  
(Call in advance to reserve microfilm reader.)
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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>[https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry]<br>[mailto:genealogy@newberry.org/ Email]<br><br>
  
'''[[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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:A large Chicago repository with genealogies, local historiescensuses, 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
  
=== '''Minnesota Genealogical Society''' ===
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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>
  
'''<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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'''[[Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library]]'''<br>415 West Main St.<br>Madison, Wisconsin 53703 USA<br>Telephone: 608-255-2224<br>[mailto:genealogy@nagcnl.org/ Email]
  
=== Inventories of County Archives  ===
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: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).<ref>[http://www.nagcnl.org/available-research-tools/ Available Research Tools] in ''Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library'' (accessed 9 November 2015).</ref>
  
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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=== References  ===
  
MINNESOTA, [COUNTY] – ARCHIVES AND LIBRARY – INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS
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=== Minnesota Digital Collections  ===
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=== Web Sites  ===
 
 
 
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:
 
 
 
*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.
 
*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:
 
 
 
[http://www.sync2it.com/details/1414171e17211c1a1f www.sync2it.com/details]<br><br>
 
 
 
This site brings searchable data to genealogists, including databases (church, cemetery, census, land, immigration, naturalization, and vital records), directories, historical accounts, mailing lists, queries, local surname researchers, and look-up volunteers.<br>
 
 
 
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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
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Serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Includes federal censuses, Indian censuses for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; Indian school records, passenger arrival lists, U.S. District and Circuit Courts in Illinois 1819-1982, Indiana 1819-1961, Michigan 1815-1961, Minnesota 1890-1957, Ohio 1803-1961, Wisconsin 1839-1961; bankruptcies, criminal cases, a multi-state naturalization index 1840-1950, pre-World War I military service, pension and bounty land warrnat records, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Corp of Engineers, General Land Office applications and registers, Internal Revenue Service, African American histories, fugitive slaves, and Great Lakes and inland waterways.

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

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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.ks, and genealogical data.

Reflections Website

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.
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.

Central Minnesota Historical Center
Centennial Hall, Room 31
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Telephone: 320-255-3254
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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.

Northeast Minnesota Historical Center
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Library 375
Duluth, MN 55812
Telephone: 218-726-8526
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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.

Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
Livingston Lord Library
Moorhead State University
Moorhead, MN 56563
Telephone: 218-236-2345
Fax: 218-299-5924
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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:
Northwest Minnesota Historical Center (Moorhead, Minnesota). Guide to the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center Collections. Moorhead, Minnesota: Livingston Lord Library, Moorhead State University, 1988.

Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: 507-389-1029
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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.

Southwest Minnesota Historical Center
Southwest State University
Social Science 141
Marshall, MN 56258
Telephone: 507-537-7373
Fax: 507-537-7154
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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.

West Central Minnesota Historical Center
University of Minnesota–Morris
600 East 4th Street
Morris, MN 56267
Telephone: 320-589-6183
Fax: 320-589-6117
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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
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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.

Regional

Immigration History Research Center
826 Berry Street
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55114
Telephone: 612-627-4208
Fax: 612-627-4190
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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. 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
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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.

Stearns History Museum Research Center
235-33rd Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301 USA
Telephone: 320-253-8424
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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.

University of Minnesota Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA
Telephone: 612-624-3321
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Their historical manuscript collection is great, including newspapers, business records, church records, local histories, maps, Norwegian Bygdebøker, and government documents.

Out of State

Newberry Library
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60 West Waltron Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone: 312-255-3512
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A large Chicago repository with genealogies, local historiescensuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records many from Minnesota, the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[1] 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.[2] 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[3] 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
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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).[4]

References

  1. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  2. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  3. 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
  4. Available Research Tools in Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (accessed 9 November 2015).