Minnesota Research Resources
and Links of Interest

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About Minnesota - Website about Minnesota Today - Facts

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Census Tools
For the past two years I have been distributing free copies of my 35 electronic census spreadsheets to researchers looking for a better way to organize their census data. I have given away over 50,000 copies as a way to give back to a hobby I have enjoyed for over 30 years.
My spreadsheets faithfully reproduce the format of the 1790-1930 U.S. Federal census, as well as the 1850-1860 Slave Schedules, 1850-1880 Mortality Schedules, 1883 List of Pensioners, and the 1890 Surviving Veterans and Widows Schedule.
In addition to the federal spreadsheets I also have a state census spreadsheet collection which includes Iowa 1836-1925, Kansas 1865-1925, Massachusetts 1855-1865, Minnesota 1849-1895, New Jersey 1855-1915, New York 1825-1925 and Wisconsin 1836-1905. The spreadsheets provide a way of electronically organizing and preserving census extractions. They can also be used to print blank forms, particularly useful for state census research where extraction forms simply aren't readily available.
I offer all my spreadsheet creations free of charge.
I provide a means for happy users to make a donation to help keep my website up and running, but the spreadsheets are freeware and are fully functional as downloaded.
Gary Minder   Censustools.com

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Data/Search Sites
MNArchives  The official USGenWeb site for Minnesota Archives. There is a search engine to search the MNArchives on the site.

The Genealogist's Index to the World Wide Web by John Rigdon.  This is where queries and databases are indexed for the entire project.

ROOTS-L Minnesota databases and files - searchable index and lots of links to Minnesota genealogy resources.

Roots-L Surname List from RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative.

WorldGenWeb - your link to the world.

Olive Tree Genealogy Home Page - a little of everything - even ships' passenger lists.


Great Lakes Shipping Genealogy 's "Downward Bound". Great site for doing genealogy using shipping records in the Great Lakes Region. The archive files are under Michigan USGenWeb for using the search engine.

The Official Land Patent Records Site - for the Eastern States

Ohio River Valley Families

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Genealogy Links

Genealogy Links

Genealogy's Most Wanted

Ancestry's Home Town

Genealogical Database Index

Daughters of the American Revolution

US National Archives

Genealogy Research - National Archives of Canada

Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites - Minnesota - lots of Minnesota sites related to Genealogy.

Helm's Genealogy Toolbox - Minnesota Resources

Genealogy On and Off Line

Genealogical Events

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http://gedbas.genealogy.net/ This site is in German

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Minnesota Facts/History

Minnesota Local History

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota 

"Biographies & Historical Sketches of Wabasha County, Minnesota" This site contains information from two books titled "History of Wabasha County" (MN), one published in 1884 and one in 1920. Hundreds of surnames are included.

The Great Rebellion ~ Accounts of Action and Rosters of the Men From Wabasha County, Minnesota This site is a combination of the records of Wabasha County, MN men who fought in the Civil war (this information researched by Jerry Anderson) and historical accounts concerning that war found in the book "History of Wabasha County" (MN) published in 1884. Hundreds of surnames are included.

"Pioneering in Minnesota" - written by Mary Louisa Sackett Barnes  

Minnesota State Biography Project

Minnesota State Migrational Project

"The History of Minnesota from the Earliest French Explorations to the Present Time" by Edward Duffield Neill. This Site contains Lists of the following: General Index - Surnames - Native American Tribes - Maps - Portraits. Martha A. Crosley Graham

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/  The Library of Congress -- American Memory Home -- Use the search option for Minnesota

http://www.usgs.gov/  Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey -- Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment.

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Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul

University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center

University of Minnesota Libraries Home Page - catalog and more.

PALS Library Catalog System - library catalog system for MN History Center and other state library systems.

Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library, Madison, WI

Library of Congress

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Mailing Lists

Rootsweb MN Mail Lists  This page shows the available mail lists for Minnesota and Minnesota Counties.

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Minnesota County Map

1849-1851 Map

Color Landform Maps of Minnesota

Tiger Map Service

Location Finder - county location of townships and cities in Minnesota.

http://geonames.usgs.gov/  look up location of towns and other geographic features.

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The American Civil War Home Page

The Viet Nam Veterans' Memorial Wall - searchable database for the more than 58,000 names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. Each name has about 25 facts displayed.

Minnesota World War II Casualties, by county of Minnesota dead and missing of World War II

Department of Veterans Affairs  This website was created to help with Veterans' burial and memorial records and also has info on how to get copy of military records and more.

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NGS (National Genealogy Society) statement   concerning doing lookups and usefulness of the USGenWeb.

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MN Newspapers Directory   You can browse our complete list of all Minnesota newspapers, or use our search function to find the newspaper you're looking for.

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Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad - The Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad is made up of the organizations of emigrant descendants from particular areas of Norway who are now living in North America. Each lag seeks to preserve and strengthen bonds with its home district or community-of-origin in Norway, much of it through geneological research. Many of the Bygdelag are based in Minnesota -- or other Upper Midwest states. If you can not enter the site above there is this site that is about Norwegian (and Scandinavian) folk music and dance.
Ancestors from Norway - an excellent site with pointers to everything you need to help in your search for Norwegian ancestors, including searchable databases, the 1801 census, naming practices, and descendants' groups.
Emigration Archives (Norway) with searchable databases from Sogn & Fjordane.
Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library, Madison, WI
Ancestors from the Aardal Area of Norway

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Obituary Depot - Minnesota  Our collection of Minnesota obituaries is expanded regularly as volunteer contributors transcribe citations.

Obituary Daily Times - US and Canadian newspaper obituaries beginning in 1995.

Online Minnesota Death Indexes  

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Passenger Lists
Passenger Lists on the Internet  This site has loads of links to choose from for passenger lists.

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Places to purchase books and tools:
Park Genealogical Books - local resources available for MN, WI, SD & ND, also publishers of Minnesota Genealogical Journal and Research Notes - you really should go through their whole site!

Park's Research Notes Page - a great help in researching Minnesota, has monthly articles on research in Minnesota.

Everton's Genealogical Helper

"The Heritage of Blue Earth County, MN" (1990) - Reprint available soon. Features the history of Blue Earth County, over 750 biographies and family histories, hundreds of photographs and maps. For more information e-mail: Julie Schrader

Helpful Guides:
Tracing Your Ancestors in Minnesota - A guide to the Sources Volume 1 by Wiley R. Pope and Alissa Wiener - also regional guides to the counties.

Minnesota Genealogical Reference Guide by Paula Stuart Warren, CGRS.

Genealogical Resources of the Minnesota Historical Society, A Guide by MN Historical Society, Library and Archives Division.

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Research for Hire

Experienced genealogical researcher available to lookup documents and cemetery lots at courthouses, MN Historical Society, Vital Records and cemetery research for Central and Southern MN. Contact me, Lisa Perry
Available to do lookups (State-wide) of death certificate, obituary, naturalizations, city directory and other records at the Minnesota Historical Society. May be able to help with Catholic church and cemetery records in the Twin Cities Area. Contact us at http:/www.mwancestor.com
Available to do Blue Earth County research. Will search vital records, city directories, cemetery transcriptions, census records, obituaries, county histories and more. For more information e-mail: Julie Schrader
Available to do research in Southeast Minnesota. Counties of: Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha, Winona. For more information see: http://www.authenticorigins.com or email sandy@authenticorigins.com

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Resources Online
 I have put up a site that will specialize in providing on-line resources for people doing research in Minnesota. It currently contains some 1910 Census finding aids for cities in Minnesota. These aids includes EDs, maps, street indexes, homes, flats, hotels, cemeteries, parks and churches. The site also offers a different "Tale of the Week" that is a story from an old Minnesota newspaper.

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County & Local Historical Societies

NGS (National Genealogy Society) statement concerning doing lookups and usefulness of the UsGenWeb.

Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul There is an online search available for MN birth and death certificates for certain years along with great information on the Society and Projects.

Irish Genealogical Society, Int'l - based in Minnesota but covering all Irish research, with some extra on Minnesota.

Minnkota Genealogical Society (East Grand Forks, MN and Grand Forks, ND area).

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Emigrantregistret in Karlstad, Sweden (look under RO:TTER) was founded in 1960. They have registered all emigrated va:rmlanders (ab. 125.000) and created the data base of the more than 1.2 million emigrants who sailed from Swedish ports. The site is in Swedish with some English summaries.
Link tip to a Swedish Genealogy and History Page.      I have a homepage about Swedish Genealogy. It is called “Hans Högman's Genealogy and History Page”. The page has been on the Internet since 1996 and most of the pages are translated into English. The homepage has also a lot of information about Swedish History and especially Swedish Military History where I have a great deal of material about the Allotment System (the old system of organizing and financing the Swedish Armed Forces). When you do genealogical research on Swedish ancestors you will sooner or later find an ancestor who served in the military forces. To help the non-Swedish spoken genealogist I have a page called “Find Your Ancestors in the Swedish Military Sources”. It is very important to know how the Swedish Allotment System worked in order to research the soldiers. Therefore I have a page explaining the Allotment System.   The URL to my homepage is: http://www.algonet.se/~hogman/slaekt.htm     Examples of articles on my homepage:  Swedish naming practices in earlier times. History and organization of the Church of Sweden (When you are doing genealogical research of ancestors in Sweden, you probably will have need to read through the Swedish Church records. Therefore, it should be interesting for genealogy researchers to know how the Swedish Lutheran Church has been organized over the years.)  Old Swedish measurements and weights    Land ownership in earlier times - farmers & Crofters    Swe/Eng dictionay, Genealogy terms       A summary of the Allotment System     Swedish Military Research a guide to the military sources       The many Swedish wars      Swedish/English dictionary - Military terms     If you find my homepage interesting, please fell free to put a link to my page on your Minnesota Genealogy Web page.   Best Regards      Hans Högman      Sollentuna    Sweden     E-mail: hogman@algonet.se     Homepage: http://www.algonet.se/~hogman/slaekt.htm    

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