Start Uncovering the Past

The Research Center collections accommodate researchers of all kinds, from amateur genealogists to professional historians, and cover all aspects of Olmsted County history. See our Research page for fees and how to make a research request.

You can browse through our collection by visiting MN Collections.* New items are added every week, so check back often!

*This project was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Resources include but are not limited to:

  • Local newspapers, 1859 to present
  • City directories, 1873 to 2022
  • Vital records (birth, death, marriage), 1871 to 1997 (end dates vary by record type)
  • Funeral home records

  • Probate and Guardianship records
  • Plat maps
  • High school yearbooks
  • Cemetery inscriptions
  • Federal census, 1857 to 1930

  • State census, 1865 to 1905
  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographs of people, places, and events