Resources & Holdings

The FCHS History Museum and Eickoff Family Genealogy Library house a treasure trove of resources for researchers of all kinds. Research resources includes a Library (open-stack) collection and an Archive (closed-stack). Open-stack resources are available in the Eickoff Genealogy Library and are directly accessible by patrons. In addition some of the open-stack resources have been indexed by surname and are searchable online. Closed-stack/Archive resources require retrieval by FCHS staff or volunteers only. If you would like access to a closed-stack resource it is recommend that you call or email in advance of your visit.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our records, search the indexes, check date ranges, and review policies before you submit a query or plan a visit:

Open-Stack Resources with Online Indexes

  • Birth Records (1870-1921)
    • Microfilm Scans for births 1900-1934 may also be ordered online at the Minnesota Historical Society website.
    • Search the Index
  • Death Records (1870-1940)
  • Obituaries (1857-present)
    • Microfilm and Print Copies
    • 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.
    • Search the Index
  • Marriage Records (1858-1900)
  • Will/Probate (1858-1944)
  • Gravestone Transcriptions

Other Open-Stack Resources

  • Naturalizations
    • Microfilm
  • 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
    • 1860 and 1870 Minnesota Census Index – Print Copy
    • 1857, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905 Minnesota Territorial Census – Microfilm
    • 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 U.S. Federal Census – Microfilm
  • Newspapers (Microfilm)
    • Mower & Fillmore County
      • Republican: Sept 23, 1875-Dec 27, 1877; Jan 3, 1878-Oct 16, 1879
    • 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,
      • 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
      • Vidette: Sep 22 1877 – Jan 11 1901
      • 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
      • 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
  • Index of Veterans (Print)
    • Civil War
    • Spanish American War
    • World War I
    • 1890 Fillmore County Civil War Veterans, Widows, and Children
  • Local Histories (Print)
  • Community Histories
    • Canton
      • 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
      • 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 History [with index] Peterson Book 1974 [with index]
    • Pilot Mound
      • 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”
    • Spring Valley
      • Centennial 1855-1955 Spring Valley History 1855-1980 [index only]
      • Spring Valley Old Timers
      • Sesquicentennial 1855-2005 “Tales of Our Town”
      • Spring Valley: The Laura Ingalls Wilder Connection
    • Washington
      • Washington Community by Mrs. Rolf Hagen
    • Wykoff
      • Wykoff Centennial 1876-1976
      • Wykoff: A Journey into Yesterday by Matie Pulford [with index]

Closed-Stack Resources

  • Family Research Files (Various Last Names)
  • Family Genealogy Compilations
  • Photo Files (By Location and Family)
  • Research Files (By Location and Topic)
  • Original Documents, Books & Maps
    • School Records
    • Business Ledgers
    • Miscellaneous Newspapers
    • Letters & Memoirs
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