Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102



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Independent Researchers

70 WPA Library workerIf you wish further assistance with your research, please contact one of the people listed below*. All the researchers are familiar with and have used our collections. Contact the researchers directly for further information on their research areas, experience, and fees. The Minnesota Historical Society does not endorse any particular individual on the list. The Society cannot vouch for the quality of the services provided nor is the Society responsible for the results provided.

*Please note that the list is randomized. Refreshing the page will reorder the list.

ANDERS GENEALOGICAL SERVICES, MICA ANDERS: St. Paul, MN (319-321-2325), email:, website: Professional genealogist and lecturer with over 10 years of experience utilizing a variety of record types, including census, directories, newspapers, military records, vital records, cemeteries, and microfilm. Will travel to conduct research and photograph locations. Special interests include African-American genealogy and families from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, and Missouri. Fluent in Spanish. Can read German, Portuguese, and Latin.

ARPI, RICH: 2445 Londin Lane #410, Maplewood, MN 55119 (651-739-6986), email: Archives and manuscript research; newspaper articles and obits; census, birth and death records; local sports teams and individuals; mining, lumbering, tourism, and environmental issues; the Iron Range. Over 20 years doing own research at MNHS and elsewhere.

AUTHENTIC ORIGINS, SANDY MOCHAL THALMANN: PO Box 8052, Rochester, MN 55903, email:, website: Professional genealogist specializing in on-site research of all types of historical and genealogical records in Minnesota, northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. Special interests include adoption research, problem-solving and analysis.

BEZAT, BARBARA, HISTORIC PRESERVATION RESEARCH: 2395 Benson Avenue #102, St. Paul, MN, 55116 (651-402-2903), email:, Specializing in archival research, with a focus on architectural history and historic preservation. Retired Curator and Archivist at Northwest Architectural Archives; 30+ years’ experience using a wide variety of resources, including archival holdings throughout the state and the US,

BOE, DEBBIE, MnCP, MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS: 114200 Hundertmark Road, #110, Chaska, MN 55318, email:, website: Specializing in Minnesota and Minnesotans. Services include, but are not limited to, genealogical research, house history/property research, business history research, courthouse research, archival research, historical medical research, licensing research, and paralegal services. Will visit on-site locations to review original records, search for information, or complete genealogical interviews.

BRATSCH, SARA: Coon Rapids, MN (763-286-7009), email: Genealogy Help Desk Volunteer, Minnesota Historical Society. Holds a Master of Information Technology Management degree. Specializes in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research.

CAOUETTE, MICK: Stillwater, MN (612-206-1195), email: Specializing in film, video, photo, and sound research. Twenty years experience working with AV collections, including 4 years as Audio Visual Assistant to the MNHS curator. Master’s degree in history and film.

CARLON GENEALOGICAL SERVICES, LLC, ELEANOR O. BRINSKO (651-214-1205), email:, website:, Facebook: Genealogist and lecturer with over 10 years of experience using a variety of records, including vital records, census records, cemetery records, microfilm, newspapers. Specializes in Minnesota and Wisconsin genealogy. Special interests in English, Irish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, and Czech genealogy.

CLAXTON, ANNA PIERSON: 28275 Holyoke Ct., Northfield, MN 55057 (507-664-9536), email: Immigrant groups: Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, “lost” immigrants. Locating Scandinavian origins, genealogy.

DROLET, ANNE M.: 2700 University Avenue W, Apt. 132; Saint Paul, MN, email:, website: 30 yrs professional experience: adv degrees in American multicultural lit and heritage conservation & preservation. Experience with all types record resources. Areas include: family genealogy; architectural history and preservation documentation; house and company histories; written research-based narratives. Specialties: farm life, movie theaters, 20th century social changes, Twin Cities history, and US history 18th to early 20th century.

ERICKSON, PAMELA J.: 4300 Trenton Lane, #204, Plymouth, MN 55442 (763-381-9830), email:, blog/website: (On This Date in Minnesota History). Genealogy Help Desk Volunteer at Minnesota Historical Society; member of Minnesota Genealogical Society, Minnesota Historical Society and Finnish Genealogy Group; specialize in researching genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including: census records, birth records, death certificates, obits, grave site photos, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records. Will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records.

FONKERT, J.H., CG, FOUR GENERATIONS GENEALOGY: 2003 Fremont Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119 (651-735-8630), email:, website: Professional researcher and writer. Research in courthouses and Minnesota archives. Midwest specialist, with experience in English, Dutch and Scandinavian research. Past-president, Minnesota Genealogical Society; Director, Association of Professional Genealogists.

GREGORY, LORIS SOFIA: (952-431-5586), email:, website: Efficient researcher and writer with 25+ years experience in MNHS Reference Library, State Archives, Museum Collections, Exhibits and Historic Sites as well as films, multimedia and interpretive nature trails. Expertise in Minnesota, Iowa and Midwestern family and house histories; genealogy; Dakota, Lakota & Ojibwe; American Indian Movement; state hospital and Stillwater Prison records; health, natural/cultural history, transportation, weather and women's history.

JENSEN, DAVID: 8184 Grafton Avenue South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 (651-428-3802), email: Over 5 years of independent genealogical research for Minnesotans and those moving to the state. Services include but not limited to: genealogical research, religious history of Minnesota, historical geography of Minnesota, and business history research. Will visit locations to review records and search for information.

JOHNSON, DAVID: 208 S. Jefferson, New Ulm, MN 56073 (507-354-4825), email: Specializing in Scandinavian ancestry (with local connections overseas), church records, obituaries, cemetery records, newspapers, city directories, censuses, military and veterans records, NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) records, death records, court house records. Specializing in 18th and 19th century US research. French, Irish and Native American research in Lakota, Nakota and Dakota. References available.

KURPIERS, RON: 461 Sibley St., St. Paul, MN 55101 (651-224-8180), email: Historical & genealogical research including Minnesota census, newspaper, death records, naturalizations, city directories, military, veteran records, and archival manuscript research.

LAFONTAINE, DEBRA: 1877 Wildflower Ct., Shoreview, MN 55126 (651-482-0322), email: Census records, newspaper article search, death certificate look-up. Immigration papers.

LUGER, JOHN: 25275 Goodview Ave., Wyoming, MN 55092 (651-464-2014), email: Researcher with over 12 years experience. Member, National Genealogical Society. Expertise with early American colonial, British, Canadian, French-Canadian, German, Jewish, Austrian, Italian, and Finnish family history.

MAJEWICZ, KAREN: Minneapolis, MN, 612-367-6277 (612-for-maps), email:, website: Holds a Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) degree and a Licensed Surveyor in Training (LSIT) certification. Available for historical research specializing in land records, land surveys, architecture, infrastructure, maps, and atlases.

MARTIN, VIRGINIA L.: 695 Hague Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104 (651-228-0254), email: Experienced in researching in all types of documents, including newspapers, unpublished documents, microfilm, and in court and other official records. Experienced in researching St. Paul urban history, political, labor, rural, ethnic, Black, and Native American, arts, historic preservation, and genealogy. Former MNHS editor in Publications and Research.

MCGINNIS, SCOTT D.: Historical Research Services, 2605 Christian Parkway, Chaska, MN 55318 (612-210-1424), email: ESA Phase One; environmental litigation support; railroads; corporate/business history; genealogy; city directory; historic photograph locating service.

NIELSEN, STEVE: 343 Roslyn Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612-201-4217), email:, website: Archival/manuscript research, death certificate, newspaper article, obituary searches. City directories, Hennepin County pre-1900 birth and death records, Hennepin County marriage records, prison records, state hospital records. Quick turnaround on MNHS lookups.

RICE, TOM, Ph.D, CG℠: 3976 Hazel St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110, (651-426-9440), email:, website: Genealogy Help Desk Volunteer at Minnesota Historical Society; Professional researcher, lecturer, and writer; on-site research in archives and courthouses; all record types-local, state and federal; look-ups, genealogical, historical and archival research, lineage studies, compilation and book production. Focus on upper Midwest, and where Midwestern migrants came from - British Isles and Scandinavia.

ROISE, CHARLENE K., HESS, ROISE AND COMPANY: The Foster House, 100 North 1st St., Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612-338-1987), email:, website: History of architecture, landscape architecture, art, commerce, and technology.

RYAN, MARY-LYNN, JD: (612-644-1587), email: Legislative research.

SCOTT, Dr. BOBBIE: 2004 Fremont Ave, St Paul, MN 55119. (612-751-5567) email: More than 15 years of experience researching Minnesota local history and archaeology, writing, and developing programs and interpretation. Services include genealogical research (including but not limited to census records, military records, births, deaths, and obituaries) and archival and newspaper research, especially at MNHS. Travel to other historical societies negotiable. Speak and read Norwegian, read Swedish and Danish.

STUART-WARREN, PAULA, Certified Genealogist℠: 2000 County Road B W #130321, St. Paul, MN 55113; email:, website: Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Accepts a limited number of clients. Historical and genealogical research and one-to-one consulting; manuscripts, military, county & state records. Specialties include Midwestern and Plains states, Native American research, Minnesota Historical Society, Family History Library, National Archives, and Wisconsin Historical Society.

WEINBERG, SUSAN: 5736 Dewey Hill Road, Edina, MN 55439 (612-865-1246), email:, website:, blog: Specialization in Jewish genealogy. All record types: immigration, naturalization, census, probate, newspapers, vital records and directories. Familiar with local archives as well as New York genealogical resources, Polish archival records, and Holocaust records.

WHITE, W. THOMAS, Ph.D.: 616 Radisson Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55416 (763-541-9935), email: Archival research and analysis for complex litigation, business and corporate matters (environment, labor, national parks, Native Americans and other subjects in Minnesota and northwestern United States) and searches in railroad records, government documents, newspapers, and other relevant sources.