Minnesota

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General

See also under Ansbach, Germany and these surnames: Snow, Streech.

"The Book of Minnesotans, Vol. 1." A.N. Marquis, 1907. "Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota". Lists occupations, wives and children, and other information about several thousand Minnesotans. C2

"Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota." Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1904. Includes family biographies in at least these counties: Swift, Wilkin, Lac-qui-parle, Traverse, Chisago, Big Stone, Kandiyohi, Fish Lake, Sherburne, and perhaps Goodhue. Also includes brief histories of the local military units engaged in the Civil War. RFP

"Fifty Years in the Northwest." by W., H. C. Folsom, first published in 1888. The author's personal accounts of the Northwest Territory (primarily Wisconsin and Minnesota) in the 1830s-1850s and later. Includes history of many towns and counties, as well as biographies. JMA

"A History of Minnesota, Volume I, II and III." By William Watts Folwell, first published in 1921. JMA

"The Last Full Measure." Richard Moe, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1993. The life and death of the First Minnesota Volunteers. JMA

"Little Sketches of Big Folks." R.L. Polk, 1907. Short biographies of about 3000 Minnesotans. C2

"Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian War 1861 - 1865." Prepared and pubished under supervision of Board Of Comissioners 1891 The Pioneer Press Co. St. Paul, MN. Narrative of regiments by officers of units and rosters of officers and soldiers w/ age, Mustered in, Mustered out and remarks. This book is now freely available online.

"Minnesota's Twentieth Century: Stories of Extraordinary Everyday People." D.J. Tice, University of Minnesota Press, 1999. [A Table of Contents for this book is available at Google Books]. SJ1

"Moorhead State Teachers College." Clarence A. Glasrud, Moorhead State University, 1990. A history of Moorhead State Teachers College from 1921-1957. Many pictures, biographies, etc. Name index, 440 pages. MAE

"Old Rail Fence Corners." Edited by Lucy Leavenworth Wilder Morris, Reprinted by MN Historical Society 1954. Minnesota's early white settlers tell their personal stories of hardship and happiness on the frontier. Simple direct accounts collected by the Minnesota Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and first published in 1914. Settlers stories are from the 1840's to the 1860's. Indexed. BN2

"Orphan Trains & Their Precious Cargo, The Life's Work of Rev. H. D. Clarke." Written By Clark Kidder. Published by Heritage Books, Inc., 2001. Rev. H. D. Clarke was an agent for the Children's Aid Society of New York City, which sent orphans from New York City to the west to live with foster families. HR

"Who's who in Minnesota : 1941." Compiled by C.N. Cornwall ; edited by Esther Stutheit; Minneapolis, Minnesota : Minnesota Editorial Association, 1941, c1942. Book contains short biographies of prominent Minnesotans in 1941, generally including occupation, parents, spouse, children, education, birth information, etc. Book is organized by county, and then alphabetically in that county. Please note that I do not own this bok, but it is in a local library, and I am willing to do lookups there periodically. I may consolidate requests, so there may be a short wait before I can reply. KJ1

Anoka Co.

"Anoka County Minnesota 1888 Plat Map." Elrite, Lucille & Levens, Darlene; Anoka Co. Gen. Soc; 1994. Contains plat maps for township in the county and an index to landowners. Will lookup names to tell you in which township and section the person is listed. JP5

"Anoka County - Silent Cities - A Survey of Anoka County MN Cemeteries." Anoka County Historical Society 1977. A book published in 1977 listing all cemteries in Anoka County and people buried there with headstone inscriptions included. PAT

"Every Name Index to History of Anoka Co & Towns of Champlin & Dayton in Hennepin Co., Minnesota." Compiled by Leslie Gillund Index gives page # in Goodrich's History of Anoka Co. of persons mentioned. JP5

"History of Bethel Township and East Bethel Village that became the City of East Bethel" Lyon, Louise Un-indexed narrative of the area from first white settlers to 1970's. JP5

"Some Early Deaths and Marriages From Anoka County Minnesota Newspapers." Anoka Co. Gen. Soc. Deaths and Marriages 1863 - 1870. JP5

Blue Earth Co.

"The Otaknam of 1923." Published by Class of 1923, Mankato High School, Mildred Boie, Editor. Yearbook contains individual pictures of all seniors and group pictures of the junior and sophomore classes, Lincoln ninth grade, and Franklin 7th-9th grade. BR3

"The OTAKNAM" - 1929 Mankato High School Yearbook. Copyright 1929 by Editor and Senior Class President, Eugene Fowler. Names and photographs of school board, faculty and senior class students. Plus small group photos containing names of class officers and honor roll students only of juniors and sophomores, including 7th -9th grades of both Franklin Junior High and Lincoln Junior High (apparently in same building). SW7

Cass Co.

"Logsleds to Snowmobiles, A Centennial History of Pine River, Minnesota 1873-1973." The Citizens of Pine River, Pine River Centennial Committee, 1979. History of Pine River, Cass County, Minnesota. 543 pages. Its railroad, logging, organizations, businesses, resorts, families, photos, class pictures, surname index. N9

Chisago Co.

"An Early Look at Chisago County" Chisago County Bicentennial Committee. Published in 1976. A description of Early Settlers and Towns in Chisago County, Minnesota. DH5

Clay Co.

"A.J. Wright Funeral Home Records (1882-1941)." Red River Valley Genealogy Society, 1994. CM3

"Cemeteries of Clay County." Red River Valley Genealogy Society, 1983. Does not include Moorhead cemeteries. CM3

"Comstock Centennial 1890-1990." Comstock Centennial Book Committee printed by J & M Printing, Inc., Gwinner, ND, 1990. History of Comstock MN, the Norwegian immigrants that settled and developed the area. Lots of biographical information as well as pictures. L1

"Comstock Lutheran Church History 1895-1995." Comstock Lutheran Church, 1995. History of the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Comstock MN. Lists of baptisms (1895 - 1961), confirmations, marriages (1908-1995), deaths & burials (1894-1995). Includes pictures of confirmation classes from 1902 to 1994 as well as organizational history of the church. L1

Clearwater Co.

"Curtain Going Up...The History of Clearbrook and the Surrounding Area." By Committee, W. Patrick Johnson, chair; Richards Publishing Co, Gonvik, MN; n.d. (before 2001). A history of the town and surrounding area with family biographies and photos. MM14

"History of Clearwater County: Headwaters of Mississippi River." Clearwater County Historical Society; A. Higden, president; Richards Publishing Co, Gonvik, MN; n.d. (1984). A history of the county and the towns within it with family biographies and photos. MM14

Cook Co.

"Pioneer Faces and Places." Published by the Cook County Historical Society, Fourth Printing, 2002. Contains pictures selected from the files of the Cook County Museum as well as photographs from many family collections. Spans the years 1850-1930. Black and white photographs of many early settlers and pioneers. It is 64 pages. SJ1

Dakota Co.

See under the Marschall surname.

Douglas Co.

"1886 and 1912 Plat Maps of Douglas County, Minnesota Townships." These Plat Maps show in detail the Townships of Douglas County, Minnesota including land ownership at the date of the Plat maps. Land ownership is not indexed or searchable except by reivew of specific maps. Requesting party must furnish minimally the Township of residence. TS6

"Album of the Ages." Douglas County Historical Society (Minnesota),Taylor Publishing Co., 1979. Contains a short history of each of the Townships of Douglas County, Minnesota and many Douglas County family biographies. TS6

"Family Maps of Douglas County Minnesota." Gregory A. Boyd, J.D. (2006). Detailed Maps of Homestead land grants as well as cash entry purchases in Doubls County, Minnesota from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Shows name of original land patent holder from United States.Well indexed to persons. TS6

"History of Douglas and Grant Counties, Minnesota." Constant Larson, B.F. Bowen & Co. Inc. 1916. Two Volume History of Douglas and Grant Counties, Minnesota which includes many family biographies and local organizations. TS6

Selected Norwegian Lutheran Church Histories for Douglas County, Minnesota Church Booklets Written and Published by Churches (Various Dates) 100th Anniversary Church Histories published by certain Norwegian Lutheran Churches in Douglas County, Minnesota including West Moe Church, East Moe Church, St. Petri Church and Fryksende Lutheran Church. Also have an excerpt from Norwegian Lutheran Churches of America 1843-1916 covering all NorwegianLutheran Churches in Douglas County, Minnesota. This was publshed in 1918 and gives organizational information. TS6

Grant Co.

"History of Douglas and Grant Counties, Minnesota." Constant Larson, B.F. Bowen & Co. Inc. 1916. Two Volume History of Douglas and Grant Counties, Minnesota which includes many family biographies and local organizations. TS6

Hennepin Co.

"1947 Gopher-Yearbook of University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota." 1947 College Yearbook. This Yearbook is indexed for pages where photos appear, but not for mention of names where no photo appears. NHS

"The Bohemian Flats." WPA, Minn. Hist. Soc. Press, 1986. Describes the largely Czechoslovak community built along the Mississippi River "flats" area beneath the Washington Ave. bridge beginning around 1880. Indexed. JP5

"Deaths Recorded in Minneapolis, MN City Directories 1901-1910." MinneSearch, Woodbury, MN 1994. Death index compiled from city directories. Sometimes spouse's name is listed as well as person's age and date of death. Years 1901 to 1910 only. PAT

"Dual City Blue Book (Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota." R.L. Polk, 1911-1912. Lists socially prominent people of St. Paul and Minneapolis by street address. C2

"Dual City Blue Book (Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota)." R.L. Polk, 1917-1918. Lists socially prominent people by street address. C2

"Every Name Index to History of Anoka Co & Towns of Champlin & Dayton in Hennepin Co., Minnesota." Compiled by Leslie Gillund Index gives page # in Goodrich's History of Anoka Co. of persons mentioned. JP5

"Grave Markers of Hennepin County." Park Genealogical Books Publishers 1992. Cemeteries and headstones inscriptions for the townships of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Dayton, Maple Grove and Osseo, only. PAT

"The History of Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis, MN," 1881, by Rev E.D Neill. This book is indexed. (Now available online).

"WHIGREAN '53 (Edina-Morningside Minnesota High School 1953 yearbook)" 1953, published by the senior class, Edina-Morningside High School, Minneapolis, MN. 152 page 1953 WHIGREAN Edina-Morningside High School yearbook, Minneapolis, Minnesota containing photographs and text of students and teachers and adminstrators. TM3

"WHIGREAN '54 (Edina-Morningside Minnesota High School 1954 yearbook)." 1954, published by the senior class, Edina-Morningside High School, Minneapolis, MN. 174 pages. TM3

Lyon Co.

"An Illustrated History of Lyon County, Minnesota." Arthur P. Rose, Northern History Publishing Company, Marshall, Minnesota, 1912. A history of Lyon County, Minnesota, with biographies of prominent citizens at the time (1912). There is a limited historical index. The biographical index is by the subject of the biography only. SWP

McLeod Co.

"Maplewood Academy 1989 Alumni Directory." Maplewood Academy, 1989. Alphabetical listing of Maplewood Academy graduates and attendees with addresses as of 1989. Includes year(s) of graduation and, for women, both name at time of graduation and current surname. Also includes spouse's name, geographical index, includes class rolls by year from 1909 through 1989. Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson, MN, is a secondary school operated xby the Seventh-day Adventist Church. LV5

Mille Lacs Co.

"Pease, 100 Years." Fannie Smith, Arnold Printing Co., Jul 4, 1994. "written in observance of the 100th anniversary of the first Dutch settlers arrival in the location, later called Pease, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota; and it's post office established December 29 1894" most of the book is unindexed. I can check for surnames in the biographical section. CFW

Morrison Co.

"The Land Called Morrison." Harold L. Fisher;, Volkmuth Printing Company;, 1972. Covers settlement of county, public schools, professional men, lumber industry, churches and pioneer memories. This book is not indexed. If requesting info on a family, the town and/or township must be provided. E11

"The Land Called Morrison." Harold L. Fisher, Volkmuth Printing Company, 1976. History of Morrison County, Minnesota; not indexed, but township histories include information on early settlers. LV5

"Morrison County, Minnesota, 1996 Farm and Home Plat and Directory." Farm & Home Publishers, 1996. Indexed plat maps of Morrison County, Minnesota, showing property owners in 1996; please provide name you want looked up. LV5

Murray Co.

"Early Western Murray County History." Robert B. Forrest, privately published, 1943. Includes family histories for 66 area families. RF4

Nicollet Co.

"Scandian Grove, A history of the Scandian Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Peter, Minnesota 1858-1958." Emeroy Johnson, Centennial committee of Scandian Grove Lutheran Church, 1958. A 151 page church history book. No index. ND2

Olmsted Co.

"History of Olmsted County Minnesota together with Sketches of Many of its Pioneers, Citizens, Families and Institutions." Hon. Joseph A. Leonard; Goodspeed Historical Assoc., Chicago; 1910. History of the county, its townships and people, illustrated, not indexed, paginated. MM14

"History of Pleasant Grove Township, Olmsted County, Minnesota 1852-1960." Belva Du Mez Bernard, Whiting Press, Inc. 1960. A 497 page township history book, that is very well done with lots of information about ordinary people. However, there is no every name index. ND2

Pennington Co.

"1958 THIEF RIVER FALLS MINNESOTA TELEPHONE DIRECTORY." NORTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY, 1958. Thief River Falls (Pennington County) residence and business directory lists telephone numbers and addresses as well as some advertisements of various businesses. KGD

"1974;1975;1976. THIEF RIVER FALLS (Pennington County) MINNESOTA Regional TELEPHONE DIRECTORY." April 1974; April 1975; April 1976. NORTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY, 1974,1975,1976. Thief River Falls (Pennington County) residence and business directory lists telephone numbers and addresses as well as some advertisements of various businesses. Regional directories, they also include listings for nearby Pennington County and other area code 218 towns: Badger-Beltrami- Crookston-Fisher-Goodridge-Holt-Malung-Wannaska-Middle River-Newfolden- Rainy River, Ontario,Canada-Roosevelt-St.Hilaire-Viking-Williams. KGD

"1983 THIEF RIVER FALLS (Pennington County) MN CITY DIRECTORY including Rural Routes." R.L. POLK & CO., PUBLISHERS, 1983. Thief River Falls (Pennington County) residence and business directory lists telephone numbers and addresses as well as some advertisements of various businesses. Includes Rural Routes. KGD

"1993 THIEF RIVER FALLS (Pennington County) MN CITY DIRECTORY including Rural Routes." R.L. POLK & CO., PUBLISHERS, 1993. Thief River Falls (Pennington County) residence and business directory lists telephone numbers and addresses as well as some advertisements of various businesses. Includes Rural Routes. KGD

"1999 THIEF RIVER FALLS (Pennington County) MN CITY DIRECTORY including Rural Routes." R.L. POLK & CO., PUBLISHERS, 1999. Thief River Falls (Pennington County) residence and business directory lists telephone numbers and addresses as well as some advertisements of various businesses. Includes Rural Routes. KGD

Pine Co.

"Gravemarkers of Pine County, Minnesota." Park Genealogical Books, Roseville, MN. It listed 39 cemeteries in Pine County, it is by last name. I bought this for my own research, however, did not come across any of my people. Want to help others who are having trouble locating the graves of their people, who died in Pine County, and are buried there. PG1

Polk Co.

"Atlas and Farmers Directory of Polk County, Minnesota." Published by The Farmer, publisher Webb Publishing Co. 1915. Plats of all townships of Polk County Minnesota in 1915 with owners names. Locations of schools, churches, houses, cemeteries are marked. List of land owners names includes spouse, children, years in county. Local advertising. N9

Ramsey Co.

"St. Paul Minnesota City Directory - 1863." A. Bailey, 1863. List of residents of St. Paul Minnesota. C2

"St. Paul Minnesota City Directory - 1875." W.M. Campbell, 1875. List of residents of St. Paul MN with street address. C2

"1895 St. Paul City Directory." R. S. Polk; 1895. Residential listings of residence with employment or occupation. Wives and children rarely included. Includes a business section, listed BY CATEGORY, although the last pages, from "Stoves" on are missing. MM14

"Liner--1955 Yearbook." Hamline University, St. Paul Minnesota, 1955, 127 pages. TM3

"St. Paul Minnesota City Directory - 1900." R.L. Polk & Co., 1900. List of residents of St. Paul MN with street address and employer. C2

"Pen Pictures and Biographical Sketches of old Settlers of St. Paul, Minn." From the earliest settlement of the city, up to and including the year 1857. JACK

Renville Co.

"St. Mary's Catholic Church of Bechyn MN. Centennial 1879-1979." Published by Centennial Committee of St. Mary's Church. Parish Priest Michael O'Connor. 1979. Description: This book is a history of St. Mary's church. It gives a timeline and lists baptisms, marriages, burials, confirmations, first Holy Communions, and also church directors. Many of these families are of Czech origin. Families with histories written in the book are: Dolezal, Dvorak, Dworshak, Frank, Houdek, Hinek, Kodet, Kojetin, Horejsi, Kohout, Krell, Macholda, Malecek, Serbus, Swoboda, Sindelir, Schneider, Vrtis, Wilt, Wertish, Wohnoutka, Zetah, Goblish. There is also a volume two containing dates from 1979-1991 and histories about the following families: Bouda, Frank, Gooderum, Horejsi, Moudry, Kodet, Knisley, Machula, Serbus, Skoblick, Vohnoutkova, Wertish, and Wohnoutka. CH4

Rice Co.

"History of Rice and Steele Counties Minnesota," Volumes I & II. Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1910. Contains information including Native American treaties as well as county government, township, military, postal and educational histories. There is a surname index, however it is not all inclusive so please provide the town, village or township your ancestor resided to ensure a thorough search. E11

Saint Louis Co.

"Ely since 1888." The Ely Echo, 1988. This book had biographies of some of the Families that lived in Ely, Minnesota since 1888. C32

Scott Co.

See also under the Marschall surname.

"Every Name Index to the 1898 Plat Book of Scott County, Minnesota." Minn. Gen. Soc., 1991. An index of landowners giving Section number & Township. JP5

Sibley Co.

"Henderson Then and Now 1852-1994." City of Henderson,Crow River Press, Inc, Hutchinson,Mn, USA, 1995. History of the city of Henderson, over 700 pages. MGB

Swift Co.

"Swift County, Minnesota." Swift County Historical Society, Taylor Publishing Company, 1979. Over a thousand pages of the history of the families that settled and grew in Swift County Mn, Platt maps of all of the townships and history of many of the familys that have lived there from 1875 to 1975. Many pictures and much information. RFP

Stearns Co.

See Hengel Family.

Steele Co.

"History of Rice and Steele Counties Minnesota," Volumes I & II. Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1910. Contains information including Native American treaties as well as county government, township, military, postal and educational histories. There is a surname index, however it is not all inclusive so please provide the town, village or township your ancestor resided to ensure a thorough search. E11

Todd Co.

"Celebrate West Union." Joan Marthaler Pfannenstein & Sister Andre Marthaler, Sauk Centre Herald Press, 1993. History of West Union including family histories of Bailey, Beck, Beste, Botzets, Bentfield, Didier, Dueker, Eltgroth, Gans, Anderson, Hector, Kleinfehn, Kraemer, Larson, Marthaler, Macey, Maus, Messer, Rademacher, Rueckert, Moehring, Pischke, Sauer, Schlicht, Williams, Miller, Kuntz, Deters, Moore, Vorpahl, & Servatius. Some cemetery listings. SVS

"Todd County Histories." J. Sheets, A. Hendrickson and O. DeLaurier; Todd County Bicentennial Committee; 1976. Compliation of Long Prairie Leader newspaper clippings, village and township histories, forgotten post offices, etc. This book is not indexed. If requesting info on a family, the village or township must be provided. E11

Waseca Co.

"History of Waseca County Minnesota." James Child, 1905. List of residents of Waseca county, Minnesota. C2

Washington Co.

"Afton Remebered." Edwin G. Robb, Afton Historical Society Press, 1996. Longtime resident Ed Robb combines memoir with narrative history to profile this idyllic river town. Contains Afton history and biographical sketches of many pioneers. 119 pages with black and white photographs. SJ1

"History of Washington County and the St. Croix Valley." By Rev. Edward D. Neil, first published in 1881. JMA

"Washington: A History of the County." A Project of the Washington County Historical Society Book Committee, The Croixside Press, Stillwater, Minnesota, 1977. A history of Minnesota, starting with the exploration in the 1600's to the early 1900's. This book is indexed and has many, many surnames and locations listed. JMA

"Woodbury: A Past to Remember." Published by the Woobury Heritage Committee A book that describes the early history of Woodbury and its surroundings. Includes black and white photographs. 141 pages. SJ1

Winona Co.

"I Grew Up in West Burns Valley." by Brother Theodore Voelker, F.S.C., published by St. Mary's College Press, Winona , MN 1971, sponsored by the Winona County Historical Society. Reminiscences of the author growing up in West Burns Valley. History on the Voelker family and history of other locals and the area. Includes many photographs. 149 pages. SJ1

Wright Co.

"Memories of Annandale." Lotus Williams, The Annandale Advocate, 1987. Lotus Williams was born in Albion Township in 1889. She compiled this book to help celebrate Annandale's centennial. Pictures, personal reminisences, anecdotes, newspaper articles. MAE