Minnesota Family History Societies(W-Z)

This section lists associations from Waseca to Winona providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and other Societies

Waseca County Historical Society

Formed in the court chambers of the Honourable Fred Senn at the Waseca County Courthouse, the society was formed on 26 February 1938, with Herman Panzram elected as president. Martha Cummins was vice president, Charles Bailer was treasurer and Robert Hodgson the association secretary.

Many resources are accessible in their library, which include:

  • Birth Index 1870-1982
  • Births 1870-1940
  • Death Index 1870-1920
  • Deaths 1870-1940
  • Deeds 1857-1886
  • Family Files
  • Kinder Funeral Books
  • Marriage Index 1857-1982
  • Marriages 1857-1920
  • Naturalisations 1859-1966
  • Newspapers
  • NY Passenger List Index 1820-1846
  • Oral Histories
  • Probate Order Books 1901-1925
  • Waseca Co. Census Returns apart from 1930
  • Wills 1887-1949

They also have Birth, Marriage and Death Records relating to Steele County and LeSueur County.  


Washington County Historical Society

The association was established in 1934.  Many databases and indexes are available on-line, which include:

  • 1898 Trades Edition of the Gazette
  • Coroner's Record Book
  • Historical Whisperings(their newsletter)
  • St Paul Park WWII Letters

A vast collection of resources is available, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • City Directories
  • Photographs 
  • School Registers
  • Stillwater Births and Deaths
  • Stillwater Jail Records
  • Stillwater Telephone Books
  • Stillwater Territorial Prison Records
  • Washington Co. Name Index (Nearly 100000 entries)

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

Their aims are to gather historical information, to promote and encourage the study of history and to preserve the area's history for future generations.

Many databases are on the site, which include 1895 White Bear Township Census, Obituaries and Cemetery Records. 

It is also possible to download Back Issues of their newsletter.


Winona County Historical Society

Their aims are to collect, preserve and exhibit materials related to the history of Winona County.  The society currently have approximately 1700 members and 90 active business supporters.

Numerous resources are accessible at the Laird Lucas Memorial Library, which incorporate:

  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Old Settlers Scrapbook
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists
  • Plat Books
  • Sanborn Insurance Maps of Winona for 1894 and 1917
  • Scrapbook Collection
  • Telephone Books
  • Winona City Directories

Information regarding Wabasha Prairie to Winona and A Civil War Journal for Company K, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg 1-4 July 1863, are accessible on their website.


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