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Tool Box - Minnesota Online Resources

Minnesota Historical Society - Archive and Library

Genealogy Research - General Information  

Search the Index - Minnesota People Record Search              

Iron Range Research Center at the Minnesota Discovery Center – IIRC

The IIRC has one of the largest genealogy and local history collections in the Upper Midwest.  Its database contains more than 1.4 million references to records including:  naturalization records, mining company newsletters, a 1919 survey of Women in Industry, Chippewa [Ojibwa] census rolls, Iron Range newspaper announcements (birth/marriage/death), and the 1918 Minnesota alien registration. The online index is free and you can order the records from the IRRC for a fee. Online orders are usually filled within 7 days and sent electronically by email. NOTE:  The IRRC online index is a useful tool to find naturalization and alien registration records at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Minnesota Official Marriage System – MOMS

MOMS is an online public service index to search and locate marriage records.  The website provides contact information to the Minnesota county holding the record.

City Directories

City and county directories have been published since the early 1800's. They are an alphabetical listing of inhabitants, arranged by name, address, and occupation.  They generally include businesses, churches, cemeteries, schools, funeral homes, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, and newspapers.  Some directories list wives, whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband), they may also list marriages and deaths in the previous year.


Minneapolis City Directory Collection 1859-1922

Hennepin County Library has digitized Minneapolis City Directories from 1859 to 1922.


Saint Paul City Directory Collection 1856-1981

The Saint Paul Public Library has digitized Saint Paul City Directories from 1856 to 1981.

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