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     Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. The twelfth largest state by area in the U.S., it is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.2 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state on May 11, 1858. Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water". The state’s most famous nickname, is an understatement, for Minnesota has more than 15,000 lakes, three-fourths of which are 4 hectares (10 acres) or more in size year round. Those waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

     Minnesota is also known as the Gopher State. There are varying interpretations about the source of the nickname. Some say it comes from the gophers commonly found in the southern part of the state; others say it is from a political cartoon in the 19th century that depicted dishonest railroad union organizers as gophers. Minnesota is also known as the North Star State, a translation of the French inscription on the state seal, L’Etoile du Nord.

     Near the geographic center of North America, it is bordered on the north by the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, on the west by North Dakota and South Dakota, on the south by Iowa, and on the east by Wisconsin and Lake Superior. 







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·        Minnesota State Archives, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3260

·        National Archives - Great Lakes Region (Chicago), 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60629-5898; 773-948-9001; E-mail: (Maintains retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Minnesota.)



·         Minnesota Regional Research Centers

1. Central Minnesota Historical Center, Centennial Hall, Room 148, St. Cloud University, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Serves Aitkin, Benton, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright counties.

2.   North Central Minnesota Historical Center, The A. C. Clark Library, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 56601 Serves Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and Lake of the Woods counties.

3.   Northeast Minnesota Historical Center, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Library 375, Duluth, MN 55812
Serves Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties.

4.  Northwest Minnesota Historical Center, Livingston Lord Library, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN 56560 Serves Becker, Clay, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, and Wilkin counties.

5.  Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN 56001
Serves Blue Earth, Brown, Fairbault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Waseca, and Watonwan counties.

6.  Southwest Minnesota Historical Center, Southwest State University–BA 509, Marshall, MN 56258
Serves Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, and Yellow Medicine counties.

                   7.  West Central Minnesota Historical Center, University of Minnesota–Morris, Morris, MN 56267
                         Serves Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, and Traverse counties.

8.  Minnesota Historical Society Research Center, 1500 Mississippi Street, St. Paul, MN 55101, (612) 296-6980 Serves Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties.



State Library Services

Suzanne Miller Director, < >,

1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN

55113, 651-582-8791

Source: State Library Web Sites




Aitkin Anoka Becker Beltrami Benton Big Stone Blue Earth Brown Carlton Carver Cass Chippewa Chisago Clay Clearwater Cook Cottonwood Crow Wing Dakota Dodge Douglas Faribault Fillmore Freeborn Goodhue Grant Hennepin Houston Hubbard Isanti Itasca Jackson Kanabec Kandiyohi Kittson Koochiching Lac Qui Parle Lake Lake Of The Woods Le Sueur Lincoln Lyon Mahnomen Marshall Martin McLeod Meeker Mille Lacs Morrison Mower Murray Nicollet Nobles Norman Olmsted Otter Tail Pennington Pine Pipestone Polk Pope Ramsey Red Lake Redwood Renville Rice Rock Roseau Scott Sherburne Sibley St. Louis Stearns Steele Stevens Swift Todd Traverse Wabasha Wadena Waseca Washington Watonwan Wilkin Winona Wright Yellow Medicine

Source: National Register of Historical Places










The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.



McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families





Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families



To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

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Our Ancestral Counties


The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, click on the following link. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.










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The links below may assist you with your research within the various places of this state.


of Places

The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.


List of cities in Minnesota and List of townships in Minnesota

Minnesota Place Names: A Geographical Encyclopedia

Minnesota Cities - profiles of 2,564 Minnesota cities, towns & neighborhoods

Minnesota Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

Minnesota Cultural Features such as schools, parks, hospitals & airports

Minnesota Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code

Source: US Cities & State Gazetteers


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Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.





Aitkin;   Anoka;   Becker;   Beltrami;   Benton;   Big Stone;   Blue Earth;   Brown;   Carlton;   Carver;   Cass;   Chippewa;    Chisago;   Clay;   Clearwater;   Cook;   Cottonwood;   Crow Wing;   Dakota;   Dodge;   Douglas;    Faribault;    Fillmore;   Freeborn;   Goodhue;   Grant;   Hennepin;   Houston;   Hubbard;   Isanti;   Itasca;   Jackson;   Kanabec;   Kandiyohi;   Kittson;   Koochiching;   Lac Qui Parle;   Lake;     Lake of the Woods;   Le Sueur;   Lincoln;   Lyon;   McLeod;   Mahnomen;   Marshall;   Martin;   Meeker;   Mille Lacs;   Morrison;   Mower;   Murray;   Nicollet;   Nobles;   Norman;   Olmsted;   Otter Tail;   Pennington;   Pine;   Pipestone;   Polk;   Pope;   Ramsey;   Red Lake;   Redwood;   Renville;   Rice;   Rock;   Roseau;   St. Louis;   Scott;   Sherburne;   Sibley;   Stearns;   Steele;   Stevens;   Swift;   Todd;   Traverse;   Wabasha;   Wadena;   Waseca;   Washington;   Watonwan;   Wilkin;   Winona;   Wright;   Yellow Medicine



County Research



Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.





Aitkin · Anoka · Becker · Beltrami · Benton · Big Stone · Blue Earth · Brown · Carlton · Carver · Cass · Chippewa · Chisago · Clay · Clearwater · Cook · Cottonwood · Crow Wing · Dakota · Dodge · Douglas · Faribault · Fillmore · Freeborn · Goodhue · Grant · Hennepin · Houston · Hubbard · Isanti · Itasca · Jackson · Kanabec · Kandiyohi · Kittson · Koochiching · Lac qui Parle · Lake · Lake of the Woods · Le Sueur · Lincoln · Lyon · Mahnomen · Marshall · Martin · McLeod · Meeker · Mille Lacs · Morrison · Mower · Murray · Nicollet · Nobles · Norman · Olmsted · Otter Tail · Pennington · Pine · Pipestone · Polk · Pope · Ramsey · Red Lake · Redwood · Renville · Rice · Rock · Roseau · St. Louis · Scott · Sherburne · Sibley · Stearns · Steele · Stevens · Swift · Todd · Traverse · Wabasha · Wadena · Waseca · Washington · Watonwan · Wilkin · Winona · Wright · Yellow Medicine












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·           Website & Webpages We Like

·           Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·           Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·           Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·           Genealogy Gateway

·   (Reference Materials & Finding Aids)

·  - Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers


·        Cyndi's List - United States Index

·        IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles & North America

·        Libweb - Libraries on the Web

· - States and Capitals

·        RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·        USA Resources at RootsWeb

·        StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

·        The USGenWeb Project









·            Minnesota - Wikipedia

·            Minnesota (historical societies)

·            Minnesota GenWeb Project

·            Minnesota Maps Online

·            Minnesota State Information (50

·            Cyndi’s List (Minnesota)

·            Minnesota State Facts and Information








The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.


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