If you are new to doing family research, take a look at “Family Research in 8 Easy Steps“, from the Minnesota Historical Society. Books on family history research and genealogy may be found in the library’s reference and circulating collections under the Dewey Decimal Classification: 929.1.

Web Site Resources

Web sites for genealogical help and information abound. Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet is one of the most comprehensive. See also, “ Learning Center“, from Other genealogy web sites or magazines publish “best of the web” lists. See, for example, Family Tree Magazine.

Professional Services

For additional assistance in researching your family history you may wish to utilize the services of a professional or other experienced researcher. Contact the Minnesota Genealogical Society, 1185 Concord Street N., South Saint Paul, MN 55075, (651) 455-9057, or the St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society (a chapter of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society), P.O. Box 396, River Falls, WI 54022.

Assistance With Your Search at SPL

Stillwater Public Library has no trained genealogist on staff. Reference staff is available; however, they are limited in the amount of time they can devote to any individual’s search. The library is fortunate to have several volunteers assisting in the St. Croix Collection. We encourage researchers working on family history, or house and building history, to visit when one of our volunteers is available. For volunteer availability, check with the Information Center at 651-275-4338, ext. 4876.

Resources Available at SPL

Stillwater Public Library has a number of materials that may be useful to those seeking information about Stillwater area people and families. For more information about these and other resources check the library catalog and with the reference staff.

Hardcopy Resources

  • Birth Indexes
  • Books
  • Cemetery Indexes
  • Census Records, Minnesota Territory
  • Census Records, Minnesota State
  • Church Records
  • City Directories
  • Death Indexes
  • Marriage Records
  • Military and Veterans Resources
  • Naturalization Records
  • Neighborhood Histories
  • Newspaper Archives and Clippings File
  • Obituaries Indexes
  • Photographs
  • Yearbooks (High School)

Online Library Reference Databases

  • Ancestry Library Edition
    A licensed information database, Ancestry Library Edition is an enhanced version of the Web resource It includes access to U.S. Federal census records starting in 1790; immigration and military records; the Social Security Death Index; the American Genealogical Biographical Index; and much more. Due to licensing agreements, access to Ancestry Library Edition is only available by searching from computers located in the library.
  • ArchiveGrid
    A licensed information database that identifies and inventories historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.
  • NewsBank
    A commercial information database, NewsBank provides indexing and full-text articles for the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Starting in 1988), and the Star-Tribune (Starting in 1986). Due to licensing agreements, access to NewsBank is only available by searching from computers located in the library.
  • ProQuest Newspapers
    A commercial information database, ProQuest Newstand provides indexing and full-text articles for hundreds of national and international newspapers, including the Star-Tribune (1986- ), and The Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867 – 1922). This resource is available for remote access through the library web site.