Resources & Holdings

The FCHS History Museum and Eickoff Family Genealogy Library house a treasure trove of resources for researchers of all kinds.

Our Genealogy Library contains vital records relating to the earliest of Fillmore County’s dearly departed between 1857-1944 and features user-friendly resources that enable the family historian to conduct self-service genealogical research.  

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our records, date ranges, and policies before you submit a query or plan a visit. 

Records included in Online Searchable Index

  • Birth Records 1870-1921
  • Records for births 1900-1934 may be ordered online at the Minnesota Historical Society website
  • Death Records 1870-1940
  • Obituary Collection 1857-present – Comprehensive index listing the name of the deceased with reference of microfilmed newspaper in which obituary was published. Also available are obituary binders containing clipped newspaper obituaries.
  • Marriage Records 1858-1900
  • Will/Probate 1858-1944 | On microfilm
  • Gravestone Transcriptions | All 24 Townships

Other Library Holdings

  • Naturalization Index
  • Maps / Plat Books | 1874 Map of Fillmore County in the Alfred T. Andreas Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota, 1878 Plat and Index of Land Owners, 1896 Plat and Index of Land Owners, 1904 Plat Map, Plat Books (1915, 1928, 1947, 1950, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003)
  • Census Records | Minnesota Census Index – 1860 and 1870 in book form, Minnesota Territorial Census 1857 on microfilm, United States Federal Census 1860-1870-1880-1900-1910-1920-1930 on microfilm, Minnesota State Census 1865-1875-1885-1895-1905 on microfilm
  • Newspapers
    • Chatfield  | Republican: Oct 25 1856 – Oct 15 1861 Democrat: Jan 5 1861 – Dec 26 1863; Jan 2 1864 – Dec 29 1866; Jan 5 1867 – May 15 1902 News: May 20 1897 – May 15 1902; Jan 7 1932 – Dec 30 1976 News-Democrat: May 22 1902 – Dec 31 1931
    • Harmony  | News: Jan 6 1898 – Dec 29 1921; Jan 3 1946 – Feb 22 1989
    • Lanesboro  | Harding’s Herald: May 1 1880 – Oct 9 1880 Journal: Oct 3 1890 – Jun 28 1907 Leader: Oct 15 1898 – May 15 1915; Jan 3 1946 – Feb 6 1964; 1933-1987; Levang’s Weekly: Jan 7 1915 – Dec 30 1920; Jan 4 1923 – Dec 25 1924; Jan 5 1933 – May 11 1933
    • Mabel  | Enterprise: Jan 16 1890 – Jul 11 1895 Record: Aug 22 1930 – Dec 28 1978 Sentinel: May 7 1903 – Sep 21 1905 Tribune: Jul 18 1895 – Apr 30 1903, Mabel News Record/Republican Leader: Sept 5, 1990-July 31, 1991
    • Preston |  Democrat: Mar 6 1884 – Jun 24 1886 Fillmore Co. Republican: Nov 4 1870 – Sep 17 1875 National Republican: Sep 8 1881 – Apr 28 1887; Jun 9 1887 – Jul 27 1893 Republican: Jan 16 1863 – Jun 30 1865; Jan 5 1866 – Oct 28 1870; Nov 4 1875 – Feb 21 1884; Oct 23 1903 – Dec 31 1920; Jan 4 1945 – Mar 30 1961; Apr 6 1961 – Feb 2 1967; Jan 1 1970 – Dec 28 1972 Times: Sep 23 1886 – Dec 29 1921, Preston Republican:  Jan 1, 1981-Aug 29, 1990
    • Rushford | Journal: May 5 1871 – Feb 14 1873 Labor Reform: Apr 22 1872 – Jul 7 1873 Star: Aug 11 1876 – Mar 6 1902 Star Republican: Mar 13 1902 – Sep 6 1923 Tri-County Record: Nov 4 1945 – Dec 29 1921; Jan 4 1945 – Dec 30 1982
    • Spring Valley | Mercury: Feb 3 1887 – Oct 27 1904; Jan 2 1914 – Dec 31 1920; Jan 2 1925 – Dec 31 1926 Mercury-Vidette: Nov 3 1904 – Dec 26 1913 Sun: Sep 2 1892 – Aug 31 1913 Vidette: Sep 22 1877 – Jan 11 1901 Western Progress: Aug 10 1870 – Sep 12 1877 Tribune: Jan 4 1945 – Feb 27 1947; Mar 6 1947 – Jul 26 1951; Aug 1951 – Nov 18 1954
    • Wykoff | Advertiser: Apr 16 1897 – Nov 26 1897 Enterprise: Jul 15 1910 – Dec 10 1954 Messenger: Feb 15 1900 – Dec 3 1908 Messenger-Enterprise: Jan 1 1909 – Jul 8 1910, Mower & Fillmore County | Republican: Sept 23, 1875-Dec 27, 1877; Jan 3, 1878-Oct 16, 1879
  • County History Books

Local History Books

Canton Chronicles  by Marjorie Vail Black Canton Treasured Memories Canton, Minnesota 1879-1979
Chatfield Bicentennial Bugle
Chatfield Sesquicentennial 2003: The Spirit of the Valley
Chatfield: Our First 100 Years Centennial Souvenir 1953  [with index]
Chatfield: The Chosen Valley, Chatfield the Story of a Pioneer Town
Cherry Grove History Fillmore Village: 101 Years by Matie Pulford [with index]
Fountain 125th Anniversary 1869-1994 “Pathways Past & Present” [with index]
Fountain Centennial 1869-1969 “Pages of the Past” [with index]
Granger: Granger-Florenceville Reunion 1990
Granger: Memoirs & History Harmony: “Let’s Have Harmony” [with index]
Harmony: Homesteading on the Peace River by Orel Felland & Orville Severson
Harmony: informal history  [with index] Remembering Harmony
Lanesboro Businessmen of 1930s The Depression Years
Lanesboro from its Beginning 1902 Lanesboro: 1869-1969 “River Valley Echoes” [with index] Lanesboro: Historic Structures Locations Past & Present
Lanesboro: Images of America by Don Ward & Ted St. Mane
Lanesboro: It All Started with Buffalo Bill & White Beaver
Mabel: History of Newburg & Village of Mabel
Ostrander: 1891-1991 [with index] Peterson Book 1974 [with index]
Pilot Mound History 2008
Preston 125th Anniversary: Coming Home [with index]
Preston: Images of America by Al Mathison Prosper: As We Remember
Rushford 1854-1954 Centennial [with index]
Rushford I “History of the First Decade”
Rushford II “Railroad Boom Town” Rushford III “Whiskey, Wheat, & Wagons”
Rushford IV “Industry, Enterprise, Medicine & Law”
Small Towns of Fillmore County: Amherst to Wilton Center
Spring Valley Centennial 1855-1955 Spring Valley History 1855-1980 [index only]
Spring Valley Old Timers
Spring Valley Sesquicentennial 1855-2005 “Tales of Our Town”
Spring Valley: The Laura Ingalls Wilder Connection
Washington Community by Mrs. Rolf Hagen
Wykoff Centennial 1876-1976
Wykoff: A Journey into Yesterday by Matie Pulford [with index]

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