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Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Holiday Hours

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Free
 
Parking Rate:
$5 per day until 8/31
$6 per day starting 9/1
 

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Writing Your Family Legacy Conference

Saturday, September 12, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $150/$125 Loft and MNHS Members
Learn how to research, write and preserve your family legacy in this one-day conference. Share the expertise of nationally renowned authors, genealogists and editors including Will Weaver, Peg Meier, Annette Atkins, Kathryn Kysar and Joel Turnipseed. This conference is being offered in partnership with The Loft Literary Center. Download the full conference program.
Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online store

 

"I'm New Here": An Introduction to the MN Historical Society Library

 

Offered every Saturday (9:15am to 10:15am)

Cost: Free, no registration required

The Library contains an amazing array of sources for finding your family history; researching a term paper; looking into the history of your house, business, organization or neighborhood; or just finding out more about Minnesota's rich past and many cultures. Let our experts introduce you to this treasure trove of sources in our free class held each Saturday at the Minnesota History Center Library. You'll learn about our collections and get tips on how to use catalogs, request materials, and purchase copies of historic papers and photos.

 

 

 

Topics on Family History: Records for Research

 

Offered about once per month from Fall through Spring, these classes delve deeper into genealogy subjects. Each class focuses upon a different type of source material and/or a different aspect of the family history research process. All library classes are held in the Fraternal Classroom, located off the Gale Family Library's lobby in the Minnesota History Center.

 

  • Find Your Family Using Vital Records

    Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    Vital records are original civil records that can reveal details of a person's birth, marriage, divorce or death. They are often the most important group of records for a genealogist. Learn how to find, evaluate and use vital records.
    The class is taught by Shirleen Hoffman, a professional genealogist focusing on Minnesota and Wisconsin research. She has been a genealogy researcher for more than 40 years and has studied at several major genealogical institutes.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015
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  • Land Records

    Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    Discover where your family lived, who owned the property and what the terms S 1/2, NE 1/4, S 5, R 6, T 83 mean. Learn how to research land records including how to read property descriptions and find the property on a plat map.
    The class is taught by Cathi Weber, owner of NorthStar Genealogy, president of the Anoka County Genealogical Society, chair of the Minnesota Genealogical Society education committee and a board member of MGS.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015
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  • Online Databases

    Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    The availability of family history information on the Internet continues to grow quickly. Learn techniques for finding online databases and creative ways to use search tools to find results.
    Instructor Mary Wickersham is a longtime member of MGS, MNHS and IGSI, past director of MGS and IGS and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has extensive experience as an author, professional genealogist and lecturer and has her own research business, Midwest Ancestor Research.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015
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  • State and Federal Military Records

    Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    Find out what your great-grandfather did in his military service. This class will focus on draft registration, enlistment, service records, discharge records and unit histories. Explore records created after military service such as pension records, state bonuses, bounty land warrants, veterans' fraternal organizations, veterans homes, burial and cemetery records and military linage societies.
    The class is taught by Tom Rice, CGSM, a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer and writer. He is the past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society and past officer and current director of the Irish Genealogy Society International.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015