Gale Family Library

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



Library Hours

Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm
Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 9 am-4 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Holiday Hours


$6 per day

Using the Library

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Attend a Library Class

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

Date: Offered every Saturday 

Time: 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.


Introduction to DNA for Family Historians

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time: 10:00am to 11:30am

Cost: $32 (MNHS members save 20%)

Tickets: purchase online or call the Box Office (651-259-3015)


This class is targeted to DNA beginners: those who are thinking about testing DNA of or have recently done testing and want to understand the results. Learn the basic differences between X,Y, autosomal, and mitochondrial DNA, who to test, and about the different kinds of DNA test. This class will also cover the match lists and data DNA companies provide. Instructor J. H. Fonkert is a board-certified genealogist, lecturer, researcher and has his own research service, Four Generations Genealogy. He has been an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and his research and articles have appeared in numerous publications

How to Evaluate Conflicting Records

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Time: 10:00am to 11:30am

Cost: $32 (MNHS members save 20%)

Tickets: purchase online or call the Box Office (651-259-3015)

How do you know if the genealogy information you saw on the Internet or received from a cousin is correct? How do you decide between conflicting information your own research has uncovered about an ancestor? This class will include case studies and look at the questions we need to ask about information we gather in order to evaluate its trustworthiness. Instructor Tom Rice, CGSM, is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer, and writer. He is a past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society, serves as a genealogy help desk volunteer at the Gale Family Library, and has his own research business, Heritage Hunters.

How to Use Family History Databases

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Time: 10:00am to 11:30am

Cost: $32 (MNHS members save 20%)

Tickets: purchase online or call the Box Office (651-259-3015)

The availability of family history information on the Internet continues to grow quickly. In this class, learn techniques to find online databases and creative ways to use these search tools to find results.  Instructor Mary Wickersham is a longtime member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and a past director of MGS. She has over 12 years’ experience as a professional genealogist and lecturer, and has her own research business, Midwest Ancestor Research. Her background is in software and websites.

Munson and Anderson families in tree