Minnesota Family History Societies (M-O)

This section lists associations from Martin to Otter Tail providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and other Societies

Martin County Genealogical Society

The association has a wide range of archives, which incorporate:

  • Alphabetical Obituary Index File
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Family Histories
  • Family Tree Maker CD's (for use with their computer)
  • Funeral Home Books 1931-1981
  • German Research Materials

Archives also include:

  • History of East Chain (published in 1992) by Dona Paris
  • Martin Co. History Books
  • Newspapers from 1874 to present
  • Obituaries
  • Obituary Index File to Martin County newspapers 1874 to the present
  • People/Places/Events Files

Links to other sites you may find useful are also available.


Mower County Historical Society

Mower County Pioneer and Historical Society was established on 8 August 1947 after the Mower County Fair in which the Fair Board honoured farmers who had paid taxes for more than 50 years. 

It was then decided a building should be erected honouring area pioneers.

Many resources are accessible in their library, which include:

  • Birth/Death Cards
  • City and Mower Co. History Books
  • City Directories
  • Newspapers
  • Obituary Cards
  • Plat Maps

Numerous publications are available for sale, which include Trinity Lutheran Church, Waltham 1877-1977, Nicholas Adams Family Tree 1799-1941, Misc. Austin City Directories and many more books and publications relating to Mower Co. history.


Olmsted County History Centre

Their Research Centre has a comprehensive collection of artefacts and other items relating to the Southeast Minnesota area. These incorporate:

  • Decorative Art Pieces
  • Furniture
  • Hand Tools
  • Native American Artefacts
  • Red Wing Stoneware
  • Textile Collection

Many databases are also on-line, which incorporate:

  • Biographical Index
  • Photo Index
  • Rochester Papers 1859-1912
  • Rochester Public Library Personals Index
  • Subject Index to the Olmsted Co. Historical Society's Collection

The Rochester Public Library Personals Index includes Obituaries, Anniversaries, Births, Divorces and Marriages from Rochester Post Bulletin 1984-2009. 


Otter Tail County Genealogical Society

Maps relating to the area and a list of Townships are available on the site.  There is also a link to an index of the 1860 Federal Census and also links to other sites which may be of use.

Numerous publications are available for sale, which incorporate the Landowners in Plats 1884, 1902 and 1912, 1884 Otter Tail Co. Platbook, Otter Tail Co. 1916 and the 1880 Federal Census. 

A Message Board hosted by Rootsweb and a list of surnames currently being researched by Members are also available.


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