St Louis County, Minnesota

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The MNGenWeb Project & The USGenWeb Project

Thank you for visiting the St. Louis County portion of the MNGenWeb.
I do not live in Minnesota, but have roots deep in her soil.
I will do my best to find resources and answer questions and perhaps
help locate that missing piece of your 'Ancestral Pie'
Contact: Martha

Table of Contents
History ~ Biographies ~ Maps ~ 'What's New' ~ Lookups
Vital Records ~ Obituaries ~ Cemeteries
Military ~ FS Historical Images ~ Naturalization ~ Crime and Punishment ~ Odds

Search St Louis County

History ~ Biographies ~ Maps ~ 'What's New' ~ Lookups

Brief History of St Louis County [Wiki]
Saint Louis County was founded on February 20, 1855, as Doty County, and had its name changed to Newton County on March 3, 1855. It originally consisted of the area east and south of the Saint Louis River, while the area east of the Vermilion River and north of the Saint Louis River was part of Superior County. Superior County was renamed Saint Louis County. Then on March 1, 1856, that Saint Louis County became Lake County, and Newton County was renamed Saint Louis County and had that eastern area added to it; it was also expanded westward by incorporating parts of Itasca County, which then also included most of Carlton County. On May 23, 1857, Saint Louis County took its current shape when Carlton County was formed from parts of Saint Louis and Pine Counties.

St Louis County Neighbors:
Aitken, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, and Lake Counties, MN
and Douglas, WI

Getty Geographical Thesaurus ~ Perry Castaneda ~ Quadrangles Surveyor's Base Maps
Historic Map Works ~ Genealogical University of Minnesota ~ Maps ~ Bureau of Land Management
Minnesota Mining Maps ~ USGS Maps ~ 1869 Railroad Map Sanborn Maps: Library of Congress
Michael Fox Map Collection
~ Digitized Plat Maps / Atlases
Map Goose ~ 1869 Railroad Map Townships in St Louis County 1916
Township Plat Map & Interactive Map of Minnesota

<<<What's New>>>
"American Women : The official who's who among the women of the nation"
by Howes, Durward, 1899-
Publication date, 1937 - V2
There are two interesting Indexes: Geographical, Occupational
There is one page of Necrology [Names, no Dates, A - K]
The Biographies are Alpha and split into Sections.
The Indexes and Sections are Here
Read Online or Download []

Biographies and Books

"Minnesota and It's People"
By John H Stevens
Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1890
The Index is Here, Download []

"History of Duluth and St Louis County
Past and Present"
Editors: Dwight E Woodbridge and John S Pardee
Volune II, 1910
C F Cooper & Company, Chicago
The Index is Here :
The EBook Edition of this book is available on Google Play Books
Please use this link

"History of Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota"
Vols. 1 2 & 3.
Walter Van Brunt
The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922
Index: Searchable [Bios begin on P 739]
The Volumes are available to Download.

"History of the Great Northwest and it's Men of Progress"
CGW Hyde, 1901
Pub: The Minneapolis Journal - The Index is here.

"Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography "
by Wilson, James Grant, 1832-1914; Fiske, John, 1842-1901
Publication date 1900
Appleton Review ~ [All Vol's]

"More New Items"

The National Archives has a really nice set of digitized records that can be free accessed.
Please use this link for access.

The Information below included because there is wide variety in the locations of the folks
Funeral Cards, 1987-1989
Mankato Mortuary [Mankato, Minnesota]
Film # 1651939
Microfilm of original records.

The funeral cards are divided into three alphabets, one for each year 1987-1989. The information on the cards are not always complete but could give: the name and address of the deceased and the informant, birthdate and place of deceased, death date and place, where buried, length of residence in community and prior residence, parents' names and birthplace, spouse's name and marriage date, occupation, church membership, survivors' names, funeral costs, and other information.
Image Ranges:
1987: 4 - 141
1988: 142 - 410
1989: 411 - 644

Updated Obituaries for 2023
Dates: 2000 - December 2023

3 Local Newspapers were gleaned:
Duluth News Tribune [1985 - Current]
Star Tribune, Minneapolis & Twin Cities [1986 - Current]
Lookups or Check your local Public Library, many of them have a Subscription to Heritage Hub

Family Search "Collections" : Google Drive with all sorts of FS Resources
There is a wealth of Family and Historical information contained on the FamilySearch WebSite.
It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start.
So, I have created concentrated categories of databases which are accessible with the above link

Cemeteries, Etc [Burial, Cemeteries, Coroner, Funeral Homes, Graves]
Church Records [ Baptism's, Catholic Church, Christenings, Church [General]]
Legal Documents and Resources [Court, Estate, Probate Records]
Migration - Naturalization - Travel [ Border Crossings, Migration, Naturalization, Passenger Lists, Passports]
Military [Bounty [Land], Military [Misc], Pensions, Soldiers, Veteran's, War[s]]
Odds and Ends [Applications, Homestead, Membership, Native Americans, Parish [Location & Church], Pioneers, Prison, Voting, Obituaries, Veteran & Soldier's Homes, Children's Home]
VVital Records [Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death, Mortality Records]


There is a great site that has all sorts of links to free Historical and Genealogical Data
"The Ancestor Hunt"
Scroll down, left side has the menu
Digital Newspapers ~ Year Books & Alumni Books School Records ~ Obituaries ~ Coroner, Mortuary & Cemetery Records
BMD's ~ Birth & Marriage Records ~ Divorce & Death Records ~ Probate & Tax Records ~ Institutional & Military Records Naturalizations & Immigration ~ Criminal & Digital Archives ~ Directories ~ Photos & Voter Records

Lookup Volunteers
St Louis County Volunteers [List updated-March 2023]
Linkpendium ~
Minnesota Mail List & Queries
Questions? Contact Martha

Lookups & Free Digital Archival Newspapers
I have access to the following Subscription Databases and am happy to do limited lookups:
Heritage Hub [Includes NewBank] ~ Access World News ~ LA Times ~ NY Times

My Heritage: Library Edition - Collections
Census & Voter Lists ~ Histories, Memories & Biographies ~ Birth, Marriage & Death
Public Records ~ Schools & Universities ~ Directories, Guides & References
Maps ~ Immigration & Travel ~ Books & Publications
Military ~ Newspapers ~ Family Trees ~ Photos ~ Government, Land, Court & Wills

I will do limited lookups on My Heritage: contact Martha

and... 'History Hub' = New Lookup Service
Search for Living People: Zaba Search

Free Digital Historical Newspapers
Minnesota Historical Society - General Resources
Minnesota Historical Society: Digital Newspapers

Other Sources for Free Archival Digital Newspapers
Chronicling America ~ Google News Archives
Century Past ~ Illinois Digital Collection
Historical Newspapers: Indexed by State [Some Free]

California Digital Newspapers
This Site has a great collection of CA Newspapers,
but many of them have articles from other States including Minnesota - Use this Link

"The Fine Print"

County Coordinator: Martha A C Graham
State Coordinator: Tim Stowell

Assistant State Coordinator: Karen De Groote
For information about adopting a Minnesota County, please contact Tim
All materials, images, sounds and data contained herein are not to be copied or downloaded for purposes of duplication, distribution or publishing without the express written permission of the St Louis County Coordinator.

All data will stay with the MN
GenWeb Project when and if the Coordinator resigns: Future contributions or donations will be returned to the Submitter upon request. Although believed to be correct as presented, any corrections, changes or additions or invalid links should be brought to the attention of the Webmaster.

Site Updated: 22 June 2024
Online Continuously since 1997
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