Minnesota Family History Societies (A-B)

This section lists the state-wide association of Minnesota.  It then lists county associations from Aitkin to Blue Earth giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional Societies

County and other Societies

Statewide and Regional

Minnesota Genealogical Society

The association was organised in 1969. Their aims are to promote and encourage interest in genealogy and to collect and preserve historical documents.

Many archives are available at their Library located at 1185 Concord St. N. Suite 218, South St. Paul, MN, which include Maps, Microfiche, Microfilms, CD-ROMs and over 30000 volumes.  An on-line catalogue is available on their site. 

It is also possible to download Back Issues of the Society's Newsletter 2012-2013 on the site.

Numerous publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Books about the First and Hennepin Co. Early Settlers.
  • Cemetery Records
  • Plat Books for various years and Counties
Website:
http://mngs.org


County and other Societies

Aitkin County Historical Society

Their aims are to collect and preserve historical information relating to the history of Aitkin County, to promote and encourage interest in the history of the area, and to make this information available to present and future generations.

The society has an extensive collection of resources, which include:

  • Biographies
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Returns
  • Naturalisation Records
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Oral Histories
  • Photo Archive
  • Plat Books
  • Township and Village Files

Oral History Transcriptions and Maps from the 1916 Plat Book is accessible on their site.

Many publications for sale relate to the region's history, which cover:

  • Architecture
  • Biography
  • Ethnic
  • Fiction
  • Food and Recipes
  • Horticulture
  • Local Authors
  • Local Family History
  • Midwest
  • Minnesota History
  • Native Americans
  • Nature
  • War
Website:
http://www.aitkincohs.org/

Anoka County Genealogical Society

The society was established in 1975.  Many resources are accessible in their library, which include:

  • Birth, Marriage, Death and Church Records index by Last Name
  • Diaries
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Microfilms
  • Naturalisation Papers
  • Newspaper Collections
  • Obituaries
  • Personal Papers
  • Photographs

Many databases are accessible, including:

  • Anoka Co. 1883 Pensioners
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Early Pioneers
  • Genealogies
  • Probate Records

Access to Vital Records is also offered, including:

  • 1860 Mortality Schedule
  • Anoka Co. Death Index - Master Index
  • Anoka Newspaper Deaths 1863-1871
  • City of Ramsey Deaths 1871-1915
  • Births 1870-1910
  • Marriages 1869-1910 sorted by both Bride and Groom
Website:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~relativememory/

Blue Earth County Historical Society

The association has a Research Centre where many resources are available, including:

  • 1857 Minnesota Territorial Census
  • 1860-1930 Federal Censuses(Excludes 1890)
  • Biographies
  • Blue Earth Co. 1865-1905 State Censuses
  • Cemetery Indexes

Archives also include:

  • Directories 1871-1994
  • Family Histories
  • Maps and Atlases 1874-1990
  • Newspapers 1857-2009
  • Township Notebooks: Social Brevities 1879-1945
Website:
http://www.bechshistory.com