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Please note: Since this information dates back to 1999 there is the chance that some of it is now obsolete.  If anybody has updated information, please contact me.  Thank you!  Don Burke

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McLeod County statistics:

bulletPopulation (2000 census): 34,898
bulletCounty Seat: Glencoe
bulletSize: 503 square miles; 311,388 acres
bulletTownships: 14 (Acoma, Bergen, Collins, Glencoe, Hale, Hassen Valley, Helen, Hutchinson, Lynn, Penn, Rich Valley, Round Grove, Sumter, Winsted).
bulletCities: 9 (Biscay, Brownton, Glencoe, Hutchinson, Lester Prairie, Plato, Silver Lake, Stewart, Winsted ).
bulletGhost towns: Acoma, Bear Lake, Brush Prairie, Collins, Fernando, Glendale, Heatwole, Henry's Corner, Karns City, Keystone, Komensky, Koniska, Lamson, Pleasant Hill, Rocky Run, St. George, Sherman Station, So. Silver Lake, Sumter, Thorton, West Lynn, West Winsted.

McLeod County Resources:


McLeod County Courthouse, McLeod Vital Records Office 830 11th East Glencoe, MN 55336-2216 (320) 864-5551.

Birth Records, 1870
Death records, 1870
Marriage records, 1865 (Marriage records $8.00).
Probate records, 1864
Land records, 1856
Court records, 1867
 

 

McLeod County Historical Society (McLeod County Heritage Center), 380 School Road Northwest, Hutchinson, MN 55350 Phone: (320) 587-2109.  Web site (new 6/12/2002): www.mcleodhistory.org.  E-mail: asa@hutchtel.net.  E-mail will be checked several times each week.

Historical Society Volunteer Officers: Elizabeth Schwarze president, Julie Jensen vice-president and Gerry Stifter treasurer. 

Hours:    

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Closed 10:00am to 8:00 pm Closed Closed 10:00am to 4:30pm 10:00am to 4:30pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Offering a researchers room, growing collection of donated family history books, a copy machine and a microfilm reader.   Microfilm collection includes most of the McLeod County newspapers, Minnesota Federal Census and Naturalization papers (no microfilm copier).   Requests should be directed to Gerry Stifter, volunteer archivist.  We will do look-ups etc.  We charge $10 per hour for researches, with a one hour minimum.  In addition we charge 25 per copy and postage for mailing copies.  We have copies of the township clerk's birth and death records for Bergen, Hale and Winsted townships as an additional reference source.

The McLeod County Genealogy Society, a branch of the McLeod County Historical Society, meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00pm.  The McLeod County Historical Society has an extensive archive of deaths, births and other events clipped from newspapers and indexed for easy retrieval.

Please note: See the McLeod County Historical Society's web site for further information regarding admission fees, etc.

bulletLocal Libraries:
bulletBrownton Branch Library, PO Box 374, Brownton, MN 55312-0374 Phone: (320) 328-5900
bulletGlencoe Branch Library, 719 13th St E, Glencoe, MN 55336-1502 Phone: (320) 864-3919
bulletHutchinson Branch Library, 50 Hassan St S, Hutchinson, MN 55350-2500 Phone: (320) 587-2368
bulletWinsted Branch Library, 141 Main Ave. N., PO Box 175, Winsted, MN 55395-0175 Phone: (320) 485-3909

 

bulletHoward Lake-Waverly Herald & Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal: Contains McLeod County and surrounding area obituary archives dating back to 1997.

 

bulletHutchinson Leader -- Long time Hutchinson newspaper.

 

bulletUsGenWeb McLeod County Archives

 

bulletMinnesota Historical Society: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN.

 

bulletMinnesota LDS Family History Centers: (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- a link to the LDS Research Outline for Minnesota can be found on RootsWeb page: http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/USA/mn.html -- located under General Resources.
bulletBEMIDJI 3033 Birchmont Drive Tel. (218) 751-9129
bulletBLOOMINGTON 9700 Nesbitt Ave. So. (612) 835-0053
bulletBROOKLYN PARK 4700 Edinbrook Parkway Tel. (612) 425-1865
bulletDULUTH 521 Upham Road, Duluth, Tel. (218) 722-9508
bulletMINNEAPOLIS 2801 North Douglas Drive Tel. (612) 544-2479
bulletROCHESTER 2300 Viola Heights Drive NE Tel. (507) 281-6641
bulletST. PAUL 2200 North Hadley Tel. (651) 770-3213

Host note:  I need updates on many of the above phone numbers, especially area codes.  Most of the above information is based on 1999 data -- except the McLeod County Historical Society which should now be current.
Please contact me if your name(s) and / or organizations require information updates.
Don Burke

bulletAdditional miscellaneous resources (new section 10/17/2001):
bulletAccess Genealogy -- Search for genealogy records by state.  Cemetery records, state links and much more (new 5/22/2002).
bulletBest of Native American Genealogy -- Search by state (new 5/22/2002).
bulletGenealogy Helplist Sweden -- Click here to see if your Swedish ancestors can be located in some of the resources available through this site.
bulletGenealogy WebRings -- Click here to learn more about genealogy WebRings (new 5/22/2002).
bullet Illinois state archives -- Statistics and information on veterans, death index, land track sales, marriage index, and much more (new 5/20/2002).
bullet Minnesota County WW II Casualties -- Search by county, Honor List of Army and Army Air Corps (new 5/22/2002).
bullet Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990 (new 5/22/2002).
bulletSweGGate = Sweden Genealogical Gate.  Your main gate to genealogical research in Sweden.  Member of the WorldGenWeb project as SwedenGenWeb (new 6/6/2002 -- information provided by Martin Johnson).
bulletWorld Genealogy Records by Sweet Blue Roses
bulletWorld Wedding Bells by Sweet Blue Roses
bulletWorld Birth & Death Records by Sweet Blue Roses
bullet1930 National Census hints: By now, we may all be aware of the challenges faced in the 1930 census. Select the State from the drop-down list, then follow the prompts to search your county and find out what EDs are on which films.
Update (5/3/2002): The 1930 Federal Census records for Minnesota are available for viewing at
the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.

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BOOKS

Title

Description

Locations *

Lookup Volunteer *
Atlas and Farmers Directory of McLeod County (1914) See Title.  New 7/8/2002. Independent Lookup Volunteer S&R Raitor-Raiter
Bear Creek Cemetery (1989) Transcribed Headstones. (Surname order) Minnesota Genealogy Society (St. Paul).  
Charles McLaughlin V.F.W. Post 906 History of Hutchinson V.F.W. Post 906. Minnesota Genealogy Society (St. Paul).  
Faith Lutheran Church 1870 - 1995 Hutchinson Minnesota Genealogy Society (St. Paul).  
Glencoe, History of (1975) History of Glencoe. (not indexed) McLeod County Historical Society Gerry Stifter*
Lester Prairie 1886 - 1986 History of Lester Prairie. McLeod County Historical Society Gerry Stifter*
Lester Prairie and Community, History of (1937) History of Lester Prairie and surrounding area. Some families listed. Minnesota Genealogy Society (St. Paul).  
McLeod County -- 1880 Census CD UsGenWeb 1880 United States Census CD, contains McLeod County.
For more information -- click here.
Independent
Lookup Volunteer
Lynn Mohr (Dahlke)
McLeod County, Atlas and Farmers Directory of (1914) Contains plats of all Townships with owners names. All farmers listed including postal route, wife and children, Section, Acres, and how long in county. McLeod County Historical Society   
McLeod County, History of (1917) History of McLeod County. Many McLeod Co. pioneer families listed. Minnesota Genealogy Society (St. Paul), McLeod County Historical Society. Gerry Stifter*
McLeod County History Book (1978) History of McLeod County.  New 7/8/2002. Independent Lookup Volunteer S&R Raitor-Raiter
McLeod County, History Book - Martin McLeod 1813 (1978) History of McLeod County. Many McLeod Co. pioneer families listed. (indexed) Minnesota Genealogy Society (St. Paul), McLeod County Historical Society.  
McLeod County Pictorial Atlas (1979) Many families listed with pictures. (indexed) McLeod County Historical Society  
1888 Meeker and McLeod Counties, History of, Illustrated Album of Biography 1888 History of Meeker and McLeod County. Many McLeod Co. pioneer families listed. (indexed) McLeod County Historical Society Gerry Stifter*
St. Adalbert's Church, Silver Lake (1991) Records of St. Adalbert's Church, Silver Lake
Births, Marriages and Death: (event order)
Minnesota Genealogy Society (St. Paul).  
St. Joseph's Church, Silver Lake (1991) Records of St. Joseph's Church, Silver Lake
Births, Marriages and Death: 1895-1920. (event order)
Minnesota Genealogy Society (St. Paul).  
Silver Lake Minnesota 1889-1989, One Hundred Years of Life (1991) History of Silver Lake and surrounding area. Some families listed. Minnesota Genealogy Society (St. Paul).  
Stewart Centenial 1878 - 1978 (1978) History of Stewart. McLeod County Historical Society Gerry Stifter*
Winsted Centenial 1887 - 1987 (1987) History of Winsted. Some families listed. (not indexed) McLeod County Historical Society Gerry Stifter*

* When sending e-mail to Gerry Stifter - Please enter subject line: Research Request: Attention - Gerry Stifter.  E-mail to the McLeod County Historical Society is checked several times each week.

If you know of other appropriate books or locations that could be posted here, please e-mail Don Burke with complete information;

We need volunteers to do lookups in these McLeod County books. Is it you??

What do you mean by "Lookups"? Someone who has access to a book or other resources and who will look up items requested from others (generally by e-mail).  Maybe YOU have a book or other resource and would like to help others?

 

Microfilmed Church Records

Name

Town or
Township

Established

LDS
microfilm
numbers*

Records
covering*

Holy Trinity Catholic Church Winsted 1868 1710415, 1710416 1876-1990
St. Adalbert Catholic Church Silver Lake 1889 1705530, 1705531 1879-1990
St. Anastasia Catholic Church Hutchinson 1883 1705528, 1705529
(book-977.625/H1 K2s)
1899-1990
church history
St. Boniface Catholic Church Stewart 1877 1728525, 1705526, 1705527 1879-1887
St. George Catholic Church
(now St. Pius X Catholic Church)
Glencoe 1891 1710417, 1710418, 1710419 1890-1990
St. John the Baptist of Rocky Run (Catholic) Rocky Run 1868 1710415 1877-1884
St. Joseph Catholic Church Silver Lake 1896 1705529, 1705530 1895-1990
St. Mary Catholic Church (Bird Island - Renville Co.) Bird Island, Stewart 1881 1728523, 1728525, 1728770 1879-1990
St. Paul United Church of Christ
(formerly Doutsche Evangelische St. Paul)
Plato 1880 1728200 1882-1989
St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
(now St. Pius X Catholic Church)
Glencoe 1865 1710417, 1710418, 1710419 1875-1982
Microfilmed Cemetery lists Biscay Cemetery
Old Lake Marion
St. Johns United Church of Christ (Biscay)
  1065294  

* Please check with LDS card catalog for full description and film numbers before ordering.
Records include Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths.

 

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Last updated: July 9, 2011