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
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Free
 
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$6 per day
 

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"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.

 

  • Federal and MN Census Records, 1790-1940

    Date: Saturday, January 9, 2016
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    Census records can provide many clues for family history researchers. Learn how to search for census records in online databases, what information each census contains, and how to use census information to find additional records for furthering research.
    The class is taught by Cathi Weber, who has been researching families for over 30 years. She is the owner of NorthStar Genealogy, President of the Anoka County Genealogical Society, Chair of the MGS Education Committee and a board member of MGS. Her passion is in teaching and helping people to research their families.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015
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  • Citizenship: Law, Process and Records

    Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    Citizenship: Law, Process and Records
    Learning whether, when and how immigrant ancestors became American citizens can provide big clues for family history researchers. The laws covering citizenship have changed over time as did the records created during the process. Learn about citizenship laws and records, including the Alien Registration Act of 1918, which ordered all unnaturalized aliens to register and make sworn declarations about themselves, their immediate family members and their property holdings.
    This class is taught by Tom Rice, board-certified genealogist and past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He is a 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
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  • Historical Newspapers

    Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    Learn how to find and search historical newspapers in both free and fee-based databases in Minnesota and across the country. Get ideas about how to enhance your family history with stories from the newspaper about church and community affairs, moments of fame (or ill reput), current events, and material culture in your ancestors' lives.
    This class is taught by J. H. Fonkert, a board-certified genealogist whose focus is Midwest, Scandinavian, Dutch and English family history. He is past president of MGS and a current faculty member of the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015
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  • Using DNA

    Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    DNA testing can provide helpful support for traditional genealogical research, bolster weak paper trails and disprove hypotheses about relationships. Learn about the available tests—Y, mitochondrial, and autosomal—and the testing companies that offer them so you can determine the most effective way to spend your DNA dollars.
    The class is taught by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG. Eicholz is a professional genealogist and author. She is professor of Adult Education at Walden University.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015
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  • Church & Cemetery Records

    Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    Before civil governments kept records of births, marriages, and deaths, these life events were recorded in churches and cemeteries. Learn about these records, how to locate them, and how they can help solve your family history problems.
    This class is taught by professional geneaologists Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., expert on American and English research and methodology, and Shirleen Hoffman expert on Minnesota and Wisconsin research.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015