Online resources

Genealogy

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition

Available only in a library. U.S. Federal Census records, passenger lists, birth, death, marriage, and military records, family and local history collections, newspapers and directories.

Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives Plus

Original historical documents including U.S. military records, newspapers, images, city directories, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more.

Genealogy Connect

Records of Colonial & Revolutionary U.S., Immigration, Royal & Noble families, Native American tribes, and New England. Includes information on getting started and essential research tips.

HeritageQuest

American local history books, primary sources, family histories, images, and finding aids. Goes back to the late 1700's.

Local history

Local history

Digital Sanborn Maps (Minnesota)

Fire insurance maps for Minnesota counties and cities from 1867 - 1970.

Minneapolis City Directories (1859-1922)

Information about residents and their occupations, as well as local businesses.

Minneapolis High School Yearbook Collection

View public and private Minneapolis high school yearbooks from 1859-1922 . An index of additional yearbooks is available for those not yet online.

Minneapolis Photo Collection

Thousands of historic photographs of the city dating from the 1840s to the present.

Minnesota Magazine Index

Citations for articles on local and statewide politics, news, current events, history and the arts that appeared in 9 Minnesota magazines from 1991 to 2005.

Minnesota Reflections

Images, maps and documents from more than 150 cultural heritage organizations, including Hennepin County Library's Special Collections.

Oral History Interviews

Audio files of local residents from a variety of professional fields, including business, music, art, architecture, and urban planning, recorded in the 1970s.

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Minneapolis History Collection

One of the area's best local history resources, the collection covers all aspects of the history of Minneapolis and Hennepin County and includes books, photographs, high school yearbooks, archival and manuscript collections, periodicals, maps, and thousands of files of newspaper clippings.

All resources are available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library. Many have also been digitized and are available online.

A History of Minneapolis

Researching the history of homes, buildings and neighborhoods in Minneapolis

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Features highlights from the James K. Hosmer Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library.

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Historypin

Combines historic images of Minneapolis with contemporary street scenes. The images are pinned on a map for easy orientation. Users can either browse through the images or take a tour.

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