Minnesota Family History Societies(M-Q)

This section lists associations from Mower to Prairieland providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County Societies

Mower County Historical Society

Mower County Pioneer and Historical Society was established on 8 August 1947 after the Mower County Fair in which the Fair Board honoured farmers who had paid taxes for more than 50 years. 

It was then decided a building should be erected honouring area pioneers.

The association has a Library where a number of resources are available, which include:

  • Birth/Death Cards
  • City and Mower Co. History Books
  • City Directories
  • Newspapers
  • Obituary Cards
  • Plat Maps

A number of publications are available for sale, which include Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham 1877-1977, Nicholas Adams Family Tree 1799-1941, Misc. Austin City Directories and many more books and publications relating to Mower Co. history.


Olmsted County History Centre

Their Research Centre has a comprehensive collection of archives relating to the Southeast Minnesota area. 

A number of databases are also on-line, which incorporate Rochester Papers 1859-1912, Biographical, Subject Index to the Olmsted Co. Historical Society's Collection and Rochester Public Library Personals.

This database includes Obituaries, Anniversaries, Births, Divorces and Marriages from Rochester Post Bulletin 1984-2009.    


Otter Tail County Genealogical Society

Maps relating to the area and a list of Townships are available on the site.  There is also a link to an index of the 1860 Federal Census and also links to other sites which may be of use.

A number of publications are available for sale, which incorporate the Landowners in Plats 1884, 1902 and 1912, 1884 Otter Tail Co. Platbook, Otter Tail Co. 1916 and the 1880 Federal Census. 

They have a Message Board hosted by Rootsweb and a list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.


Otter Tail County Historical Society

The association has a Library where a large number of resources are available, which incorporate:

  • Alien Registrations
  • Biography Files
  • Book and Photograph Collections
  • Cemetery Master Index
  • Census Records
  • Church Registers
  • City Directories
  • Deaths 1871-1918
  • Marriage Card File Index
  • Naturalisations
  • Newspapers
  • Obituary Card File Index
  • Plat Maps
  • Tax Lists

A number of databases are also on-line, which include a Cemetery Search and the Multi Index Search.


Prairieland Genealogical Society

The association has a vast collection of resources, which include:

  • Births and Deaths
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Church Histories and Registers
  • Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Charts
  • Genealogies
  • High School Annuals
  • History Books
  • MN in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865
  • Naturalisations
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Plat Books
  • Prairieland Pioneer Indexes
  • Tax Records

A list of Lyon Co. Cemeteries is also on the site.

A number of publications are available for sale, which include Lyon Co. and Surrounding Area Cemeteries and Back Issues of the Society's publication Prairieland Register.