Minnesota Family History Societies (S-Z)

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

Sterns County Historical Society

The association was organised in 1936 and began to shape itself into a Museum in 1973.  They have a Research Centre where a number of resources are available, which include:

  • Genealogical Files
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Oral History Tapes
  • Photographs

An on-line catalogue of these resources is available on the site.  A number of publications are also available for sale, which include books relating to the history of the region.


Waseca County Historical Society

Formed in the court chambers of the Honourable Fred Senn at the Waseca County Courthouse, the association was formed on 26 February 1938, with Herman Panzram elected as president. Martha Cummins was vice president, Charles Bailer was treasurer and Robert Hodgson the association secretary.

The association has a Library where a comprehensive collection of resources are accessible, which include:

  • Birth Index 1870-1982
  • Births 1870-1940
  • Death Index 1870-1920
  • Deaths 1870-1940
  • Deeds 1857-1886
  • Family Files
  • Kinder Funeral Books
  • Marriage Index 1857-1982
  • Marriages 1857-1920
  • Naturalisations 1859-1966
  • Newspapers
  • NY Passenger List Index 1820-1846
  • Oral Histories
  • Probate Order Books 1901-1925
  • Wills 1887-1949

They also have Birth, Marriage and Death Records relating to Steele County and LeSueur County.  In addition they have Waseca Co. Census Returns apart from 1930.


Washington County Historical Society

The association was established in 1934.  A number of databases and indexes are on-line, which include:

  • 1898 Trades Edition of the Gazette
  • Coroner's Record Book
  • Historical Whisperings(their newsletter)
  • St Paul Park WWII Letters

They also have a vast collection of resources, which include:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • City Directories
  • Photographs of the area
  • School Registers
  • Stillwater Births and Deaths
  • Stillwater Jail Records
  • Stillwater Telephone Books
  • Stillwater Territorial Prison Records
  • Washington Co. Name Index (Nearly 100000 entries)

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

The aims of the association are to gather historical information, to promote and encourage the study of history and to preserve the history of the area for future generations.

A number of databases are on the site, which include 1895 White Bear Township Census, Obituaries and Cemetery Records. 

It is also possible to download Back Issues of their newsletter.


Winona County Historical Society

The aims of the association are to collect, preserve and exhibit materials related to the history of Winona County.  They currently have approximately 1700 members and 90 active business supporters.

A large number of resources are accessible at the Laird Lucas Memorial Library, which incorporate:

  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Old Settlers Scrapbook
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists
  • Plat Books
  • Sanborn Insurance Maps of Winona for 1894 and 1917
  • Scrapbook Collection
  • Telephone Books
  • Winona City Directories

They also have information regarding Wabasha Prairie to Winona and A Civil War Journal for Company K, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg 1-4 July 1863 on their website.