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While there is no collection specifically dedicated to genealogy in the University Libraries, the approximately 7 million volumes, a nationally-acclaimed map library, several thousand newspapers, and well over a million government documents constitute a rich resource for genealogists.

If possible bring with you the correct spelling and spelling variations of individuals' names and place names (foreign characters are very important). Pinpoint the time period in which these people lived; exact death dates will help you find obituaries, if they are available. The more organized you are when you come to the library, the more likely it is you will find what you are looking for.

While the library does not have a specialized genealogy collection, it does have books of interest to the genealogist. Click on the link for a list of web pages containing information for genealogist doing research at the University of Minnesota Libraries.