Gale Family Library

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

651-259-3300

Library Hours

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

Admission

Free
 
PARKING
$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

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.

 

Writing Your Family Legacy Conference

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150/$125 for Loft and MNHS members
A partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society and the Loft Literary Center, this conference is for anyone looking to learn more about researching and writing family history and will provide hands-on learning opportunities for all levels of experience. Participants will learn how to research, write, and preserve family legacies through the expertise of nationally renowned authors, genealogists, and editors.
Pre-registration is required and closes on Oct. 5th. For more information, to see the full schedule, or to pre-register, please visit the Conference's information page.

 

2016 - 2017 Topics on Family History Classes: 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.

 

  • Using Military Records

    More than Pensions: 19th & 20th Century Military Records
    Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MNHS/MGS members)
    Learn how to navigate 19th and 20th century military records! Military personnel received bonuses, tombstones, land, and other benefits. There are also other types of records for military personnel and their survivors: applications, rejected files, correspondence, finding aids, indexes, organizational applications, and more. You will be surprised at what family details available in these records at state archives, historical societies, and other repositories and these records can be goldmines of family details.
    This course is taught by genealogist Paula Stuart-Warrenk (CG, FMGS, FUGA), who works internationally in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting and writing. Specialties include unusual records, problem solving, major repositories, and Native American research. Course Coordinator and instructor for SLIG and GRIP, former APG officer, former MGS board member, and serves on the FGS Board of Directors.

    Preregistration is highly recommended, but if there is remaining space on the morning of the class, walk-up registrations will be accepted. To preregister, visit the event's ticketing page or call the box office (651-259-3015).

  • Genealogy 101

    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MNHS/MGS members)
    A class to get started in the basics of genealogy research. Learn basic forms, computer software options, what types of information to look for, where to search and more.
    This class is taught by Cathi Weber, owner of NorthStar Genealogy and president of the Anoka County Genealogical Society.
    Preregistration is highly recommended, but if there is remaining space on the morning of the class, walk-up registrations will be accepted.

    To preregister, visit the event's ticketing page or call the box office (651-259-3015).

  • Using Vital Records

    Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MNHS/MGS members)
    Learn how to find and use vital records (birth, death, marriage) and MNHS's People Finder to do family history research.
    This class is taught by Shirleen Hoffman, a professional genealogical researcher, speaker and consultant specializing in Minnesota and the 19th century.
    Preregistration is highly recommended, but if there is remaining space on the morning of the class, walk-up registrations will be accepted.

    To preregister, visit the event's ticketing page or call the box office (651-259-3015).

More classes are being scheduled for 2017! Check back soon to see the offerings and to preregister.


Munson and Anderson families in tree