Below are some misc. links that may be of interest. Not all pertain just to Hennepin County, but may be helpful in your research in other states as welI.  I will be adding more as I find them, so check back often. If you have found other helpful sites and would like to submit the links to me I'll post them here. Send them with a brief description, and the link to the site to me at

(All links below will take you to off-site. To return to Hennepin County you will need to click your "back" button).


Minnesota County Formation Maps.


Family History Place- "Our Mission is to make genealogy research fun and easy by providing a simple to use, fun, and informative, website that helps you to do your research and get results quickly. We also believe in promoting and supporting local genealogy societies all over the world. These societies are a vital research tool and we are dedicated to helping users find their local genealogy society".

US and Canadian Obituaries 1890-1920


Genealogy Classifieds  The place to find new, used, out of print and just plain hard to find Genealogy Books. If you have an old, used genealogy book or publication on your bookshelf and no longer use it then you can make some extra money and help another fellow researcher out by selling it here as well as putting some of the original cost you incurred back into your own pocket for new genealogical books or publications purchases.


Distant Cousins - Distant Cousin is an online archive of genealogy records and scanned images of historical documents from a wide variety of sources, such as newspaper obituaries, city directories, census records, ship lists, school yearbooks, military records, and more. In all there are more than 6 million genealogy records from over 1,500 sources online. There are no fees or memberships required to use the records at Distant Cousin


SWEEGATE  Your main gate to Genealogical research in Sweden. Member of the WorldGenWeb Project as SwedenGenWeb a great site for Swedish genealogy (plus links to Norway, etc) In particular, the web master has been working on people who came from the parishes of Tocksmark and Ostervallskog, which are near the Norwegian border. 


Minnesota Obituary Project - The USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project was developed in April 2000.  Newspapers have given permission to archive published obituaries to help researchers. RootsWeb has provided free access to the USGenWeb Archives since 1996, and like our volunteers, is dedicated to free online genealogy.


Minnesota Marriage Project- This project will endeavor to provide actual transcriptions of Marriage Applications, and other Marriage Records, as found recorded in the county court house and state archives. We are encouraging these transcriptions to be entire marriage books and/or rolls of microfilm.


Penny Postcards.  Joy Fisher has scanned old postcards from everywhere in the country, organized by state and then by county. While you’re browsing the Penny Postcard site, be sure to look at the sections on “Types of Postcards,” a brief and fascinating history of postcards; and on “Submissions,” which tells you how to send in your own historical postcards.


USGS National Mapping Information.   This site contains maps from all over the US. Listing churches, cemeteries, schools and even old township schools. Just pick the state, then county and put in the specific place you're looking for i.e. Lakewood Cemetery" etc.


GenCircles  GenCircles is a brand-new and completely free genealogy web site!  Here are some of the things you can do at GenCircles:
* Search our Global Tree with millions of ancestors.
* Submit your GEDCOM file to be part of our growing Global Tree project.
* Using our SmartMatching technology, you can immediately see where your data links up with all of the other files in the Global Tree.
* Interact with other genealogists in our Clubs section.


Diseases of the Past 


House Histories

What is the Story of Your House?

  • When was your house built?
  • Who built it and what did it cost?
  • Who are past owners of your house?
  • Who has lived in it?
  • What changes have been made to your house over the years?
  • What is its architectural style and why?
  • What was the neighborhood and city like when the house was built?
  • House Stories is a research group creating customized house histories of Twin Cities homes.


TreasureNet - Historical Image Collection. Many hundreds of photos from all over the US.


Genealogy Libraries on the WWW  Genealogy friendly libraries from the US and Europe.


 Ancient Faces.  The largest visual genealogy exchange on the Internet.  Founded in September 2000, Ancient Faces has become the largest visual genealogy presence on the Internet by providing a free location for the exchange of photos. Thousands of photos are being scanned and then added to Ancient Faces by their owners so that others researching their family trees can place faces with the names of ancestors. AncientFaces wants to help bring faces to the names of our ancestors by adding photos to genealogy. We provide an exchange where the owners of old photos can share them for free so that people researching their family trees can see their ancestors All photos that are added to Ancient Faces are collected in a main database that is always accessible to everyone. Sharing photos online allows faces and places to be remembered by everyone and not just the owners of the original photos.  AncientFaces is not just a place to share family, military, and unidentified photos. People come to Ancient Faces to add a more personal touch to genealogy. People add stories and recipes that have been passed down through their families to ensure the preservation of these treasures for generations to come.


Obituary Lookup Volunteers- State/Country Index The Obituary Lookup Volunteers for the United States are grouped by state. On each state's web page, the volunteers are listed by county. For the rest of the world, the volunteers are grouped by country or continent, and on each web page the volunteers are listed by region.


Books We Own  A list of resources owned or accessed by individuals who are willing to look up genealogical information for others. This is a FREE service, but volunteers may ask for reimbursement of copies or postage. There are over 1500 volunteers. Please read the "helpful tips" and other information on this site before requesting a lookup.


GeneaSearch Genealogy Resources to Help Find Your Ancestors . Build your family tree and family history with free genealogy lookups, free genealogy sites, family surname newsletters, data, books from genealogy societies and individuals, surname queries, female ancestors, announce new sites, beginner's genealogy guide, free clip art. Other genealogy resources are tools, links, and lists of societies. See our state genealogy pages for free genealogy databases and genealogy resources for each state.  


Dating old Photographs - Many of us have photographs that are undated, but this site will show you how a photograph can be dated with a considerable degree of precision.





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