While we specialize in Douglas County MN Genealogy here at DCHS, our researchers are knowledgable in a wide variety of other resources and in using online sources. Make an appointment to come in and visit us, bring your information and let us help you overcome your genealogy “brick walls”.
Here are some FREE online resources that you may want to explore. We can help you navigate them:
1. google.com – Google the name of your oldest known ancestor. Google places, parish names, etc. Wikipedia entries give good information.
2. familysearch.org/search – create a user name and password to have access to the images.
Try a variety of searches. (see left search column)
3. findagrave.com – free to use, owned by Ancestry. Content is contributed by users.
4. Ellis Island search (1892-1954)
5. facebook.com – Search for individuals, genealogy groups, parish or community names.
6. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records
http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ – homesteaders records, a map feature, land descriptions
7. Map apps, Google Maps, etc.
8. Family Search Wiki – good information about specific places all over the world, and the resources available.
10. boards.ancestry.com Message Boards to ask genealogy questions and receive help from people who specialize in specific locations.
11. geni.com online genealogy website, a social genealogy site – information contributed by participants. Can be wildly inaccurate, can be super helpful. Google your ancestor’s name and the word geni.
12. myheritage.com – online genealogy website, similar to geni.com.
Minnesota specific websites:
1. Minnesota Marriage Index – searchable by county, bride’s name, groom’s name, or a combination.
2. Minnesota Historical Society People Finder: Birth Index (1900-1934), Death Index (1904-2001), and Minnesota State Census index for 1849, 1850, 1853, 1855, 1857, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905. Veterans’ Grave registrations (1857-1975)
3. The Iron Range Research Center, located at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, Minnesota, has genealogy resources for all of Minnesota.
From their website:
The database of 1.4+ million references includes, but is not limited to, federal naturalization records for Minnesota’s 87 counties, federal Chippewa [i.e., Ojibwe] census rolls, State of Minnesota death cards (1900-1903), Iron Range newspaper announcements (birth/marriage/death), and the 1918 Minnesota alien registration.
4. Searching ancestry.com Message Boards for specific Minnesota counties (or any location)
example: Douglas County, Minnesota
1. 1890 Swedish census for Norbotten, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Jämtland, and Värmland Counties
2. Ancestry message boards for Sweden –
3. Family Search Wiki for Sweden Genealogy Research:
Finding People in Sweden (today):
1. hitta.se – a name, address and telephone number (white pages) search site
2. birthday.se – if you know some information, such as a first name and birthdate.
1. Ancestry Message boards for Norway – http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.scan-balt.norway/mb.ashx
2. Norway Census Search for 1865, some areas in 1875, 1900, and 1910
3. Digital Archives, Norway (new version)
4. Digital Archives, Norway (old version)
Emigrants from Norwegian ports:
5. Norway Farms and owners in 1886 (finding farm names and locations)
6. Norway Farms and owners in 1950 (farm names and locations)
7. Family Search Wiki for Norway Genealogy Research
8. norwayheritage.com, passenger lists and emigrant ships from Norway Heritage (includes the Solem and Swiggum Ship index.
Finding People in Norway (today):
1. birthday.no – if you know some information, but not all
2. 1881.no – name, address and telephone number (white pages) search site
Canada Online Resources:
1. Library and Archives Canada
2. Library and Archives Canada, Passenger lists for Quebec and other ports