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Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802

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Genealogy & Local History





Biography File Index - List of the names of people included in the Duluth Public Library's biography files.

Duluth Area Obituary Index - Find dates of obituaries printed in the Duluth News Tribune and Duluth Herald newspapers.

Recommended Genealogy Sites - Sites to help your search.

Iron Range Resource Center - Search the Minnesota Discovery Center Geneology Database and Archives.

St. Louis County MNGen - St. Louis County genealogy resources, including cemetery listings, courthouses, historical societies, newspapers, and church records. 

War Casualties and P.O.W.s - Index to information published in Duluth newspapers on some military personnel from the Duluth area who were killed or captured during World War II and the Korean War.

World Vital Records - billions of family history and genealogy records, and millions of family trees. Access key collections: complete U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790-1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and international collections.  Available to Duluth Public Library cardholders.



At the library

Ancestry Library Edition -  U.S. Federal Census records, passenger lists, birth, death, marriage and military records, family and local history collections, and more. Available at the Library only. Subscription provided by the City of Duluth.

Duluth City Directories 1883 - present
Superior (WI) City Directories 1922 - present



Other genealogical resources in Duluth

The Family History Center-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
521 Upham Rd., Duluth, MN 55811

Twin Ports Genealogical Society
1626 London Rd, Suite 726, Duluth, MN 55812
Bobbi Hoyt, President

Local History 




Aerial Lift Bridge - Pictures and history.

Minnesota Reflections - Atlases, maps, and books that record the early history of Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota.

Reference@Duluth - Local history blog written by reference librarians at Duluth Public Library.

Zenith City OnlineFeatures and columns cover topics such as Duluth's development, architecture, culture, parks, landmarks, and biographies.


At the Library

Duluth Collection - Wide range of Duluth-related subjects are covered, including general history, architecture, schools, churches, business and industry, civic concerns, recreation, laws, politics and climate. Includes books written by or about Duluthians.

Minnesota Collection - Covers Minnesota-related subjects, with special emphasis given to St. Louis County, Northeastern Minnesota and Lake Superior. Includes works by many Minnesota authors.

The Duluth and Minnesota collections are at the Main Library and may only be used in the building.

Clipping Files - Newspaper articles going back to the late 1800s relating to local history.


Slides - Hundreds of images, many of early Duluth. May be checked out. 



Other local history resources in Duluth

Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections
Archives and Special Collections
University of Minnesota Duluth Library
416 Library Dr., Duluth, MN 55812
Pat Maus, Curator

St. Louis County Historical Society
St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (Depot)
506 West Michigan St., Duluth, MN 55802

Veterans' Memorial Hall
St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (Depot)
506 West Michigan St., Duluth, MN 55802


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