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Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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651-259-3300

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Library Hours

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

Admission

Free
 

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.

 

 

Topics on Family History Classes:

Offered about once per month, 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.


  • Topics on Family History: Finding Your Pre-1850 American Ancestors

    Date: Saturday November 8, 2014
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    Before 1850 census records only listed heads of households, and other records such as birth and death certificates, and obituaries, were less common. To fill this gap, researchers must make more use of land, court, probate and military records to reconstruct family histories. This class will focus on Midwestern research between 1800 and 1850.
    Instructor: This class is taught by J. H. Fonkert, a board-certified genealogist and professional genealogy researcher focusing on 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

  • Topics on Family History: Using DNA for Family History Research

    Date: Saturday January 10, 2015
    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 the MGS DNA Interest Group.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015

  • Topics on Family History: African-American Research

    Date: Saturday February 14, 2015
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    African-American research is fun, rewarding and challenging. Learn the steps and resources for tracing African-American ancestors back to 1870, and map out strategies for extending research into the Reconstruction and slavery period. This class is taught by Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., a professional researcher who focuses on American and English research and methodology. Mackin also writes the beginning genealogy column for Minnesota Genealogist.
    Pre-registration is required and can be completed through our online ticketing system or by calling 651-259-3015

  • Topics on Family History: Adding Women to the Family Tree

    Date: Saturday March 14, 2015
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MHS/MGS members)
    Adding female ancestors to a family tree can be challenging. In this class students will learn to look at the whole family for clues and take a new and deeper look at your research problems. This class is taught by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., a professional genealogist and author of a number of family history books. 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