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

Collections OnlineTimepieces

 
Catalog Search
Research Collections

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.

 

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 Vital Records

    Original Source Documents
    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).

  • Online Newspapers

    Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MNHS/MGS members)
    More and more newspapers are available online in both free and fee-based databases, in Minnesota and across the country. Learn how to locate online newspapers and what kinds of information they can provide.
    This class is taught by professional genealogist Kim Ashford. It is presented in partnership with the Minnesota 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).

  • Census Records

    Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MNHS/MGS members)
    Federal and state 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 about birth, marriage, death, land ownership and other topics.
    This class is taught by professional genealogist Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D, an expert on American and English research and methodology. It is presented in partnership with the Minnesota 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).

  • Finding Female Relatives

    Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MNHS/MGS members)
    The patriarchal nature of recordkeeping can make researching women in family history a challenge. Explore ways to uncover the stories of sisters, aunts, mothers and daughters using traditional family research methods as well as new methods like DNA testing. Bring a research problem or join others to think through their research problems in this working session.
    This class is taught by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG. Eicholz is a professional genealogist, author and professor at Walden University. It is presented in partnership with the Minnesota 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).

  • Naturalization Records

    Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
    Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $32 ($28 MNHS/MGS members)
    Learning whether, when and how immigrant ancestors became American citizens can provide big clues for family history researchers. The laws governing citizenship have changed over time as did the records created during the process. Learn about citizenship laws and records.
    This 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. It is presented in partnership with the Minnesota 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).

Munson and Anderson families in tree