Research Services

The Gale Family Library offers a wide variety of research services.

We charge a fee for all research performed by staff. Please note that we have substantially discounted the rates for most of our research services. Prices are listed in the online store.

See research self-help for answers to the most commonly asked questions. For more information on specific services and how to order research services, please contact the library.

New Services!

Search online yourself

Use the Minnesota People records search to find and order copies of specific records online. Visit about the records/help for more information and search tips.

  • Birth records delivered via email — Currently available
  • Death records delivered via email — Currently available
  • State census records view and print records for free — Currently available
  • World War I Gold Star Rolls view and download/print records for free — Currently available
  • Veterans’ grave registration records delivered via email — Currently available
  • Veterans’ grave registration records delivered via US Mail — Temporarily unavailable

Copy requests

Please see distance copy requests for more information about this service.

Basic research requests

Currently available

Temporarily unavailable

  • Civil War pension research request
  • State Correctional Institution (Prison) Records extended research request
  • State hospital records extended research request
  • Student records from Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) request

Discontinued research services

Interlibrary loan (ILL)

Interlibrary loan services are currently available. MNHS makes items available for interlibrary loan (ILL) on a limited basis. Items available include most of our newspaper and microfilmed manuscript collections, Minnesota state archives records, city directories, and county atlases.

If you are interested in borrowing MNHS materials through interlibrary loan, please contact your local public or university library for assistance. They will serve as the borrower on your behalf and can help you with their procedures. Please see our interlibrary loan section for more information on our ILL policies.

Independent researchers

Patrons needing additional help with complex or broad-based research can consult the list of independent researchers who are familiar with our collections. Any service agreements are solely between the patron and the hired researcher.