Minnesota Genealogical Society

1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312 • info@mngs.org


In addition to our books, periodicals, maps, and microform materials, many digital resources are available to researchers on-site at the Hoffman Research Library. They cannot be accessed remotely from other locations, but our volunteers can help you with access via your own laptop or tablet while you are here. The HRL also has a number of public computers set up  for searching online.

United States

  • FamilySearch: The HRL has been designated an affiliate of the LDS family history library in Salt Lake City since 2018. This relationship allows MGS users of FamilySearch to access a wider variety of resources than general users can get at home, including more actual digital documents. Affiliate libraries have some limitations and may not have all the services found at an LDS family history center.  Affiliate Library FAQ  *  Video tutorials
  • Ancestry – Library Edition : If you do not have a personal subscription for the Ancestry service, try the Library Edition at the HRL. It provides access to billions of historical documents, photos, news articles,  indexes, family trees, and other resources in over 30,000 databases from the 1500s to the 2020s. And people just like you have created over 100 million family trees on Ancestry, most of which are public.   User Guide
  • American Ancestors :  The New England Historic Genealogical Society is one of the nation's premier family history organizations. Its databases contain 1.4 billion names and cover every category of genealogical information. The unique  Great Migration Study Project  includes thousands of sketches of immigrants to New England from 1620 to 1640, as well as 25 volumes of the Great Migration Newsletter.  How to search video    Search help
  • Fold3 : This military-focused collection of digital documents is also owned by Ancestry. Look here for stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military, from the U.S. Revolutionary War forward.  Many of the records come from the U.S. National Archives, the National Archives of the U.K., and international resources from other English-speaking countries.    Fold3 Training Center
  • Newspapers.com :  This collection of more than 20,000 newspaper titles from nine English-speaking countries, all 50 states, and 3 US territories is part of the Ancestry family of databases. The Newspapers.com™ viewer is a powerful tool that lets you explore a newspaper page in detail, clip a page or article, and print, save, or share what you find. Search for obituaries, births, and marriage announcements, and give context to your ancestors' lives with social and lifestyle pages, national and local news articles, sports coverage, advertisements, entertainment, and fashion pages.  Getting Started
  • PRDH : The Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH)  specializes in data about French-Canadian  emigration to Quebec from 1621 to 1849. In addition to 2.4 million certificates of baptism, marriage, and burial, there is unique information about early pioneers and the Filles du Roi (Daughters of the King).
  • ArkivDigital : The largest private provider of Swedish church records and other related historical documents is available for your research at the HRL. Their 80+ million item archive contains church books from early in the 1600s to 1894 for all of Sweden, with household examinations, moving, birth, marriage and death records. This subscription is underwritten by the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota.  Tutorials
  • EmiWeb : EmiWeb is a web-based collection of databases  focused on migration to and from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. This subscription is underwritten by the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota. 
  • SVAR Riksarkivet  : The Swedish National Archives databases contain searchable birth, marriage, and death records. You can also find historical maps , censuses, and economic data. This subscription is underwritten by the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota. 
  • Findmypast :  If your ancestors journeyed to the US from the UK, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, take a look at the targeted resources of Findmypast. All the main categories of genealogical records are included, plus special collections of British and Irish newspapers. You can even access the electronic version of PERSI, the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world.  Getting Started

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