Online resources



Ancestry Library Edition

Available only in a library. Census records, passenger lists, birth, death, marriage, and military records, family and local history collections, newspapers and directories. Best viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Fold3 History & 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Original historical documents including U.S. military records, newspapers, images, city directories, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more.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 and Revolutionary U.S., Immigration, Royal and Noble families, Native American tribes, and New England. Includes information on getting started and essential research tips.


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.

Historical Minneapolis Tribune

Searchable full-page images from original Minneapolis newspapers. Begins in 1867 with the Minneapolis Daily Tribune and ends in 1922 with the Minneapolis Morning Tribune.

Minneapolis City Directory Collection

Digitized images of the Minneapolis City Directory, 1859-1922. Contains historic information about local businesses, former residents, and their occupations.

Minneapolis High School Yearbook Collection

Digitized images of public and private Minneapolis high school yearbooks from 1859-1922. Index of additional yearbooks available for those not yet online.

Minnesota Reflections

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

Star Tribune

Full-text articles from Minneapolis, Minnesota newspaper, including Minneapolis Star and Tribune and all three local editions: Minneapolis, Metro, and St. Paul.

90 days ago to present
1/1/2008 to 3 months ago

1/1/1995 to present
1/1/1986 to present


Genealogy and history

Explore history and learn how to research your own family.

View events

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.

Researching the history of homes, buildings and neighborhoods in Minneapolis

Hennepin County Library houses several hundred manuscript and archives collections in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library.

View list of collections and finding aids



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

Go to Tumblr