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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.

Researchers are listed alphabetically, followed by their research interests.

 

 

ARPI, RICH: 2445 Londin Lane, # 410, Maplewood, MN 55119 (651-739-6986), e-mail: rich.arpi@comcast.net. 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 MHS and elsewhere.

 

AUTHENTIC ORIGINS, SANDY MOCHAL THALMANN: PO Box 8052, Rochester, MN 55903, e-mail: sthalmann@charter.net, website: http://www.authenticorigins.com. 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.

 

BOE, DEBBIE, MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS: 2287 Clover Field Drive, Chaska, MN 55318, e-mail: mn.connections@pressenter.com, website: www.debbiesgenealogy.com. "Specializing in Minnesota and Minnesotans, both long-time residents and those just passing through." Services include, but are not limited to, genealogical research, house history research, business history research, court house and archival research services, and paralegal and law firm related requests for assistance. Will visit on-site locations to review original records or search for information..

 

CLAXTON, ANNA PIERSON: 8793 Decker Ave., Northfield, MN 55057 (507-664-9536), e-mail: akclaxton@yahoo.com. Immigrant groups: Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, “lost” immigrants. Locating Scandinavian origins, genealogy.

 

FONKERT, J.H., CG, FOUR GENERATIONS GENEALOGY: 2003 Fremont Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119 (651-735-8630), e-mail: jfonkert@aol.com, website: fourgenerationsgenealogy@wordpress.com. 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: lorissofia@frontiernet.net, website: http://www.lorissofiagregory.com/research/. Efficient researcher and writer with 25+ years experience in MHS 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.

 

HEALY, DAVID (Ph.D.): 2246 Scudder St., St. Paul, MN 55108 (651-9170-0467), e-mail: dhealy1@q.com, website: http://davidjameshealy.wordpress.com. Personal history; family history; corporate history; house history; publishing. I can help you turn your history into a book.

 

HERMES, BEVERLY A.: 12617 Fairgreen Ave., St. Paul, MN 55124-8213 (952-953-0730), e-mail: bhermes1@aol.com. Oral history transcribing, Minnesota family history and subject research.

 

JAMES-MORROW, SUSAN: 4011 Hubbard Ave. N., Robbinsdale, MN 55422 (612-720-7423), e-mail: inthepast10@gmail.com, website: www.inthepast1.com. Genealogy Help Desk Volunteer, Minnesota Historical Society; Historical and genealogical research and consulting, Archive research, all record types; local, state, federal, international. Specialties include upper Midwest, Canada, Germany, Eastern Europe, Ireland. Quick turnaround on MHS records.

 

JENSEN, DAVID: 8184 Grafton Avenue South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 (651-428-3802), e-mail: David.Jensen2014@gmail.com. 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), e-mail: djohnson1000@comcast.net. Specializing in Scandinavian ancestry (with local connections overseas), church records, obituaries, newspapers, city directories, censuses, military and veterans 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), e-mail: rkurpiers@earthlink.net. Historical & genealogical research including Minnesota census, newspaper, death records, naturalizations, city directories, military, veteran records, and archival manuscript research.

 

LAFONTAINE, DEBRA: 2683 Jessica Court, St. Paul, MN 55117 (651-482-0322), e-mail:debralafontaine@aol.com. Census records, newspaper article search, death certificate look-up. Immigration papers.

 

LANMAN, THOMAS E.: 2697 Kempston Dr., Woodbury, MN 55125-3440 (651-731-5402), e-mail: telanman@comcast.net. Past president, Minnesota Genealogical Society; Genealogy Help Desk Volunteer, Minnesota Historical Society. Genealogical research, Minnesota and Scandinavian immigrants to the Midwest, Quick feedback on MHS lookups.

 

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

 

MAJEWICZ, KAREN: Minneapolis, MN, 612-367-6277 (612-for-maps), e-mail: karen@landladycartography.com, website: http://landladycartography.com. 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), e-mail: marti137@tc.umn.edu. A few of the topics I have researched at MHS in manuscripts, newspapers, microfilm documents, and in a variety of other records: St. Paul, urban history and renewal, political, labor, rural and farm, neighborhoods, ethnic and Native American, political and business leaders, historic preservation in State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) records. Former MHS editor in Publications and Research. Also can transcribe tapes.

 

NIELSEN, STEVE: 343 Roslyn Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612-201-4217), e-mail: nielsen.steve13@gmail.com, website: www.bluewindowresearch.com. Archival/manuscript research, death certificate, newspaper article, obituary searches.
Quick turnaround on MHS lookups.

 

RICE, TOM Ph.D., Certified Genealogist: 3976 Hazel St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110, (651-426-9440), e-mail: info@heritagehunters.com, website: http://www.heritagehunters.com. 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), e-mail: roise@hessroise.com, website: www.hessroise.com. History of architecture, landscape architecture, art, commerce, and technology.

 

RYAN, MARY-LYNN, JD: (612-644-1587), E-mail: mryan@seoscribes.com. Legislative research.

 

STUART-WARREN, PAULA CG℠: 3090 Lexington Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113; e-mail: paulastuartwarren@gmail.com, website: www.PaulaStuartWarren.blogspot.com. Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Accepts a limited number of clients. Historical and genealogical research and 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), e-mail: familyfinds@studio409art.com, website: http://studio409art.com/genealogy, blog: http://sgweinberg.blogspot.com. Specialization in Jewish genealogy. All record types: immigration, naturalization, census, probate, newspapers, vital records and directories. Experience includes local archives as well as New York genealogical resources; Polish and Lithuanian archival records as well as Holocaust records of the International Tracing Service in Germany.

 

WHITE, W. THOMAS Ph.D.: 616 Radisson Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55416 (763-541-9935), e-mail: WTWhite616@comcast.net. 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.