Ancestry and Genealogy

Library Databases

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This genealogy database provides a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history.

Heritage Quest (from home – you will need to enter your library barcode number)

Heritage Quest (in the library)

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View historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

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Find obituaries or any other newspaper articles from ove r350 historical and current newspapers, including Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, St. Cloud Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, and more.

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A Variety of digital resources including old-time advertisement of electric refrigerators to Harriet Beecher Stowe memoirs.

Tutorials and Guides

Getting Started with the National Genealogical Society

View the National Genealogical Society’s tutorials for beginners on how to get started with your research.

Help for Genealogical Researchers – USGenWeb Project

This page, through USGenWeb, gives you a great outline on where to start and how to tackle specific genealogical challenges, from searching the census, to organizing your results, to genealogical computer software.

Beginning Your Search – PBS Ancestors Series   

This companion website to the PBS series Ancestors is a great introduction.

Free Research Classes – Family Search  

FamilySearch.org offers research classes online. Many lessons have video sessions, and many are on research concerning specific nationalities.

Finding Obituaries – Internet Public Library  

The Internet Public Library has great resource on how to find obituaries, gathering the information you need, and organizing your requests.

Getting Started with the National Genealogical Society

View the National Genealogical Society’s tutorials for beginners on how to get started with your research.

Help for Genealogical Researchers – USGenWeb Project

This page, through USGenWeb, gives you a great outline on where to start and how to tackle specific genealogical challenges, from searching the census, to organizing your results, to genealogical computer software.

Beginning Your Search – PBS Ancestors Series   

This companion website to the PBS series Ancestors is a great introduction.

Free Research Classes – Family Search  

FamilySearch.org offers research classes online. Many lessons have video sessions, and many are on research concerning specific nationalities.

Finding Obituaries – Internet Public Library  

The Internet Public Library has great resource on how to find obituaries, gathering the information you need, and organizing your requests.

 

Local Interest

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Minnesota Reflections brings you more than 116,000 images, maps and documents from more than 133 of the state’s cultural heritage organizations all available for free online.

Regional Historical Societies

Becker County Historical Society
714 Summit Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
(218) 287-2938

Clearwater County Historical Society
Hwy 2 W
Shevlin, MN  56676
(218) 785-2000

PO Box 241
Bagley, MN 56621

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County
202 1st Ave N
Moorhead, MN  56560
(218) 299-5511

Mahnomen County Historical Society (and Museum)
106 NE Main St
Mahnomen, MN 56557
(218) 936-5083

PO Box 123
Mahnomen, MN 56557

Minnesota Historical Society
345 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 259-3000

Norman County Minnesota Historical Society
Prairie Village
1747 Cty Hwy 142
Ada, MN 56510

(218) 556-0122

Polk County Historical Society
PO Box 214
Crookston, MN 56716

(218) 281-1038

Wilkin County Historical Society
704 Nebraska Ave
Breckenridge, MN 56520
(218) 643-1303

 Other Local History Museums

East Polk Heritage Center
910 Hilligoss Blvd SE
Fosston, MN 56542
(218) 435-6136

PO Box 4
Fosston, MN  56542

McIntosh Heritage & Arts Center
Bjella Building
240 Cleveland Avenue
McIntosh, MN 56556
(218) 563-2040

Red River History Museum
3rd St E and McKinley Ave
Shelly, MN 56581
(218) 886-8895

 

 

Online Resources

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Special Topics

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Search passenger lists (1892-1924) for free, and find genealogy tips and information about Ellis Island.

Find Military Records:

Civil War

Search the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System for ancestors who may have participated in the war.

Military Records

The National Archives page for genealogists on military records.

Soundex Converter:

Use Soundex from to identify possible spelling variations for a given surname. Enter a name below to get started!

 Curious About the Census?

Enumeration Forms has blank forms that show what census takers asked individuals from the 1850 census to the 2010 census.