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Guide to '''Stearns County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Stearns County, Minnesota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= March 3, 1855<ref>[https://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]; accessed 3 March 2021.</ref>
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|county seat= St. Cloud
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|parent county= [[Cass County, Minnesota Genealogy|Cass]], [[Nicollet County, Minnesota Genealogy|Nicollet]], [[Sibley County, Minnesota Genealogy|Sibley]], [[Pierce County, Minnesota Genealogy| Pierce]] (extinct)<ref>[https://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]; accessed 3 March 2021.</ref>
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| seat = St. Cloud
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|county1= [[Benton County, Minnesota Genealogy|Benton]]
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|county2= [[Douglas County, Minnesota Genealogy|Douglas]]
| building address = Stearns County Courthouse<br> 705 Courthouse Sq <br>St. Cloud, MN 56303<br> Phone: 320.656.3855 <br>[http://www.co.stearns.mn.us/ '''Stearns County Website'''] }}  
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|county3= [[Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Genealogy|Kandiyohi]]
===County Information===
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|county4= [[Meeker County, Minnesota Genealogy|Meeker]]
 
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|county5= [[Morrison County, Minnesota Genealogy|Morrison]]
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|county6= [[Pope County, Minnesota Genealogy|Pope]]
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|county7= [[Sherburne County, Minnesota Genealogy|Sherburne]]
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|county8= [[Todd County, Minnesota Genealogy|Todd]]
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|county9= [[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy|Wright]]</br><center>[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
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=== Description ===
 
The County was named for Charles Thomas Stearns who was a member of the Territorial Council. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Stearns County, Minnesota" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearns_County,_Minnesota'' accessed 15 Nov 2018 </ref>
 
The County was named for Charles Thomas Stearns who was a member of the Territorial Council. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Stearns County, Minnesota" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearns_County,_Minnesota'' accessed 15 Nov 2018 </ref>
  
====Stearns County, Minnesota Record Dates====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MN Courthouse Intro|Stearns}}
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'''Stearns County Courthouse'''<br> 705 Courthouse Sq <br>St. Cloud, MN 56303<br> Phone: 320-656-3620<br>[http://www.co.stearns.mn.us/ Stearns County Website] <br><br>
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Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records.<br>County Recorder has land records. <br>License Center has birth, marriage and death records. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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=== Stearns County, Minnesota Record Dates  ===
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{{MN Record Dates Intro|Stearns}}
 
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| colspan="7" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |<center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stearns County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 362-365.</ref></center>
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| colspan="7" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |<center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
 
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| colspan="7" |<center>Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.</center>
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| colspan="7" |<center>*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.</center>
 
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==County Courthouse==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
<br><br>Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records.<br>County Recorder has land records. <br>License Center has birth, marriage and death records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stearns County, Minnesota page 368, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Boundary Changes ===
==History==
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{{MN Boundary Changes Intro|Stearns}}
 
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*'''1855--'''Stearns County was created 20 February 1855&nbsp;from [[Cass County, Minnesota Genealogy|Cass]], [[Nicollet County, Minnesota Genealogy|Nicollet]], Pierce (Eliminated 20 Feb 1862), and [[Sibley County, Minnesota Genealogy|Sibley]]&nbsp;Counties.
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*'''1855--'''Stearns County was created 20 February 1855 from [[Cass County, Minnesota Genealogy|Cass]], [[Nicollet County, Minnesota Genealogy|Nicollet]], [[Pierce County, Minnesota Genealogy| Pierce]] (Eliminated 20 Feb 1862), and [[Sibley County, Minnesota Genealogy|Sibley]] Counties.
*'''County seat:''' St. Cloud <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''County seat:''' St. Cloud<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
*For a brief history of Stearns County's name, click [http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/index.cfm here], then select Stearns County.
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*'''Organized Date:''' 03 March 1855<ref>[https://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]; accessed 3/6/2021.</ref>
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/minnesota/ Interactive Map of Minnesota County Formation History] (1790-1897) - animated maps illustrating Minnesota county boundary changes
====Boundary Changes====
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*[https://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]
 
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====Record Loss====
 
 
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
  
==Places/Localities==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{MN Populated Places Intro|Stearns}}
  
====Populated Places====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://minnesota.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,145,c,stearns.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Stearns County, Minnesota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearns_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 22 February 2020.</ref>
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://minnesota.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,145,c,stearns.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Stearns County, Minnesota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearns_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 22 February 2020.</ref>  
 
  
 
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====Neighboring Counties====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{MN Historical Timeline Intro|Stearns}}
  
*[[Benton County, Minnesota Genealogy|Benton]]
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== Resources ==
*[[Douglas County, Minnesota Genealogy|Douglas]]
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{{MN Resources Intro|Stearns}}
*[[Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Genealogy|Kandiyohi]]
 
*[[Meeker County, Minnesota Genealogy|Meeker]]
 
*[[Morrison County, Minnesota Genealogy|Morrison]]
 
*[[Pope County, Minnesota Genealogy|Pope]]
 
*[[Sherburne County, Minnesota Genealogy|Sherburne]]
 
*[[Todd County, Minnesota Genealogy|Todd]]
 
*[[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy|Wright]]
 
  
==Resources==
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MN Bible Intro|Stearns}}
  
====Cemeteries====
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{MN Biographies Intro|Stearns}}
  
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MN Business Records Intro|Stearns}}
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" |'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" |'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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=== Cemeteries ===
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" |'''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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{{MN Cemeteries Intro|Stearns}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |{{FHL|474525|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Minnesota/Stearns-County?id=county_1382 Findagrave.com]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://usgwarchives.net/mn/stearns/stearns.html MNGenWeb Archives]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Stearns County, Minnesota''' online and in print</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Stearns+Minnesota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/minnesota/stearns.htm Tombstone Project]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394287&reqParentsLabel=Stearns%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Minnesota&cemetery_county=Stearns&year_range=5&size=15  BillionGraves]
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/search?firstname=&middlename=&lastname=&birthyear=&birthyearfilter=&deathyear=&deathyearfilter=&location=Stearns%2C+County%2C+Minnesota%2C+United+States+of+America&locationId=county_1382  Find A Grave]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/mn/stearns.htm  Interment.net]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/minnesota/stearns.htm MN Tombstone Transcription Project]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/mn/stearns/stearns.html  USGenWeb Archives]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.interment.net/us/mn/stearns.htm MNInterment]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' [[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |(Often more complete)]]</center>
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*{{FHL|474525|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Stearns+Minnesota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394287&reqParentsLabel=Stearns%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/search?cemetery-name=&cemetery-loc=Stearns%2C+County%2C+Minnesota%2C+United+States+of+America&only-with-cemeteries=cemOnly&locationId=county_1382 Find A Grave]
 
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| colspan="3" bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |See [[Minnesota Cemeteries| Minnesota Cemeteries]] for more information.
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See [[Minnesota Cemeteries|Minnesota Cemeteries]] for more information.<center>
 
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====Census====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{MN Census Intro|Stearns}}
  
 
{{Historical populations
 
{{Historical populations
 
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearns_County,_Minnesota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]                                                                                                                                                                                      
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearns_County,_Minnesota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
|1860 |4505                                                                                  
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|1860 |4505
|1870 |14206                                                    
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|1870 |14206
|1880 |21956                                                                                                                    
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|1880 |21956
|1890 |34844                                                                                                                    
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|1890 |34844
|1900 |44464                                                                                                        
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|1900 |44464
|1910 |47733                                                                                                              
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|1910 |47733
|1920 |55741                                                                                        
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|1920 |55741
|1930 |62121                                                                                                  
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|1930 |62121
|1940 |67200                                                          
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|1940 |67200
|1950 |70681                                                                                                                  
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|1950 |70681
|1960 |80345                                                                                                                    
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|1960 |80345
|1970 |95400                                                                                                                      
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|1970 |95400
|1980 |108161                                                                                                                    
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|1980 |108161
|1990 |118791                                                                                                                      
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|1990 |118791
|2000 |133166                                                                                                                      
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|2000 |133166
|2010 |150642                                                                                                            
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|2010 |150642
 
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'''State Census'''
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'''State Census'''<br>
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* '''1835-1890''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3555/ Minnesota, U.S., Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1835-1890] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1849-1905''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1058/ Minnesota, U.S., Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1865''' {{RecordSearch|1503054|Minnesota State Census, 1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota State Census, 1865 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
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* '''1875''' {{RecordSearch|1503053|Minnesota State Census, 1875}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota State Census, 1875 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
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* '''1885''' {{RecordSearch|1503044|Minnesota State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota State Census, 1885 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
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* '''1905''' {{RecordSearch|1503056|Minnesota State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota State Census, 1905 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MN Church Intro|Stearns}}
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394287&reqParentsLabel=Stearns%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MN Court Intro|Stearns}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{MN Directories Intro|Stearns}}
  
*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1503054|Minnesota State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1503044|Minnesota State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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{{MN Emigration Intro|Stearns}}
*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1503056|Minnesota State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
  
====Church====
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* '''1912-1956''' {{RecordSearch|2426329|Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists, 1912-1956}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
  
{{MN Church Intro}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{MN Ethnic Groups Intro|Stearns}}
  
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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{{MN Funeral Homes Intro|Stearns}}
*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394287&reqParentsLabel=Stearns%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
 
  
====Court====
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*[http://www.bensonfuneralhome.com/aboutus.php Benson Funeral Home] - St. Cloud
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*[https://www.danielfuneralhome.com/ Daniel Funeral Homes] - Clearwater, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Sartell, Paynesville
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*[https://www.pattonschad.com/ Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Service] - Freeport, Grey Eagle, Melrose, Sauk Center
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*[https://www.pjfuneralhome.com/ Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home] - Milaca
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*[https://www.whisperingpinesnorth.com/ Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service] - Walker
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*[https://www.williamsdingmann.com/ Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes] - Avon, Becker, Big Lake, Clear Lake, Eden Valley, Long Prairie, Princeton, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids
  
====Emigration and Immigration====
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{MN Genealogies Intro|Stearns}}
  
*'''1912 - 1956''' - {{RecordSearch|2426329|Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists, 1912-1956}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MN Guardianship Intro|Stearns}}
  
====Land====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MN Land Intro|Stearns}}
  
{{MN Land|Stearns}}
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''Online Land Indexes and Records''<br>
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* '''Pre-1908''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2076/ Minnesota, U.S., Homestead and Cash Entry Patents, Pre-1908] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
  
====Local Histories====
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''Online Books''
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*''Stearns County, Minnesota, 1896 plat book index'' online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/787151-stearns-county-minnesota-1896-plat-book-index?offset=4 FamilySearch Digital Library]
  
{{MN History Intro}}  
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{MN Histories Intro|Stearns}}
  
*William Bell Mitchell, ''History of Stearns County, Minnesota''. Chicago&nbsp;: H.C. Cooper, Jr., 1915<br>
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*William Bell Mitchell, ''History of Stearns County, Minnesota''. Chicago H.C. Cooper, Jr., 1915.  Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/377320-history-of-stearns-county-minnesota?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1]; [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/792908-history-of-stearns-county-minnesota-v-02?offset=6 FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2], Vols. 1 and 2 at [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/011528215 HathiTrust], Volume 1 at [https://books.google.com/books/about/History_of_Stearns_County_Minnesota.html?id=1J8yAQAAMAAJ Google Books], Volume 2 at [https://books.google.com/books/about/History_of_Stearns_County_Minnesota.html?id=XqAyAQAAMAAJ Google Books].<br>
*Newton Horace Winchell, ''History of the Upper Mississippi Valley''. Minneapolis: Minnesota Historical Co., 1881<br>
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*Charles S Bryant, ''History of the Upper Mississippi Valley''. Minneapolis: Minnesota Historical Co., 1881. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/254840-history-of-the-upper-mississippi-valley?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library], [https://books.google.com/books/about/History_of_the_Upper_Mississippi_Valley.html?id=Lt0UAAAAYAAJ Google Books], [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100384118 HathiTrust], [https://archive.org/details/historyofuppermi00winc Internet Archive].<br>
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*Historical Records Survey, United States. Work Projects Administration.  ''Inventory of the county archives of Minnesota, no. 73, Stearns County, 1940'' Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/158014-inventory-of-the-county-archives-of-minnesota-no-73-stearns-county?offset=2 FamilySearch Digital Library]
  
====Maps====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MN Maps Intro|Stearns}}
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{{MN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MN Stearns County}}}}
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* [https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/view/search/where/Stearns%2BCounty%2B%2528Minn.%2529?q=minnesota%2c+stearns&sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No Minnesota Maps] at [https://www.davidrumsey.com/home David Rumsey Map Collection]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394287&reqParentsLabel=Stearns%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394287&reqParentsLabel=Stearns%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
{{MN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MN Stearns County}}}}
 
  
====Military====
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=== Migration ===
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{{MN Migration Intro|Stearns}}
  
=====Civil War=====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{MN Military Intro|Stearns}}
  
Civil War service men from Stearns County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Stearns County.  
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'''''Multiple Wars'''''
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* '''1861-1917''' {{RecordSearch|1471019|United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[United States, Civil War and Later Pension Files Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; Free index, images ($)
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* '''1898-1899''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/4816/ Minnesota Volunteers in the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
  
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'''''Civil War'''''<br>
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* '''1861-1865''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1138/ U.S., Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1861-1865''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1715/ Minnesota, U.S., Civil War Records, 1861-1865] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1861-1865''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3729/ Minnesota Civil War Soldiers] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1861-1934''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/4654/ U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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Civil War service men from Stearns County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Stearns County.
 
:- [[1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers)|1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers)]], Company D.
 
:- [[1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers)|1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers)]], Company D.
 
:- [[1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Companies D and E.
 
:- [[1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Companies D and E.
Line 302: Line 360:
 
:- [[Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry|Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry]], Company E.
 
:- [[Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry|Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry]], Company E.
  
===== World War II =====
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'''''Spanish-American War'''''<br>
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* '''1898''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2400/  U.S., Spanish American War Volunteers Index to Compiled Military Service Records, 1898]  at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1898-1899''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6070/ Minnesota, U.S., Spanish American War Muster Rolls and Casualty Lists, 1898-1899] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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'''''World War I'''''<br>
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* '''1917-1918''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3172/ U.S., World War I Civilian Draft Registrations, 1917-1918] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
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* '''1917-1918''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6482/ U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index, images ($)
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* '''1918-1941''' {{RecordSearch|2421524|Minnesota, World War I Records, 1918-1941}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, World War I Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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'''''World War II'''''<br>
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* '''1940-1947''' {{RecordSearch|2759155|Minnesota, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, World War II Draft Registration Cards - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1940-1947''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2238/ U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index, images ($)
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* '''1942''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1002/ U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
  
*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2759155|Minnesota, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{MN Naturalization Intro|Stearns}}
  
==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
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''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''<br>
*'''1872-1962''' - {{RecordSearch|2632486|Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1872-1962}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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* '''1849-1985''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70800/ Web: Minnesota, U.S., Naturalization Index, 1849-1985] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
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* '''1872-1962''' {{RecordSearch|2632486|Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1872-1962}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1880-1920''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61202/ Minnesota, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1880-1920] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1918''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70801/ Web: Minnesota, U.S., Alien Registration Index, 1918] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
  
====Newspapers====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MN Newspapers Intro|Stearns}}
  
{{MN Newspaper abstracts|Stearns}}
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* [https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/browse.jsp Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub] at [https://www.mnhs.org/ Minnesota Historical Society]; narrow to county or city, search for surname, limit by date.
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All newspapers are available on microfilm at [http://archives.stearns-museum.org Stearns History Museum]
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* ''St. Cloud Times'', 1861-2011 (weekly and daily)
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* ''Der Nordstern'', 17 Feb 1876 - 27 Aug 1931 (1886 is missing)
  
All newspapers are available on microfilm at [http://archives.stearns-museum.org Stearns History Museum]
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MN Obituaries Intro|Stearns}}
  
*''St. Cloud Times'', 1861-2011 (weekly and daily)
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* '''1865-2006''' {{RecordSearch|2469546|Minnesota, Obituaries 1865-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, Obituaries - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
*''Der Nordstern'', 17 Feb 1876 - 27 Aug 1931 (1886 is missing)
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* '''1891-2003''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70827/ Web: Minnesota, U.S., Obituary Index, 1891-2003] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
  
====Obituaries====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MN Other Records Intro|Stearns}}
  
*'''1865 - 2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2469546|Minnesota Obituaries 1865-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]— index and images
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MN Periodicals Intro|Stearns}}
  
====Probate====
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MN Probate Intro|Stearns}}
  
{{MN Probate Intro}}
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''Online Probate Indexes and Records''<br>
'''Online Probate Records'''
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* '''1801-1925''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9070 Minnesota, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1925] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; index and images ($)
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* '''1849-1985''' {{RecordSearch|1607922|Minnesota Will Records, 1849-1985}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota Will Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; Three Minnesota counties are not in this collection: Hennepin, Marshall, and St. Louis.
  
*'''1801 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9070 Minnesota Wills and Probate Records 1801-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{MN Schools Intro|Stearns}}
  
====Taxation====
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=== Social Security Records ===
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*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
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*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($); index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
  
{{MN Tax Intro}}  
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MN Tax Intro|Stearns}}
  
====Vital Records====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MN Vital Intro|Stearns}}
  
{{MN Vital Intro}}
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==== Birth ====
=====Birth=====
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{{MN Birth Intro|Stearns}}
*'''1900-1934''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10828/minnesota-birth-index-1900-1934?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=feb20historicalrecords&utm_content=feb20historicalrecords Minnesota, Birth Index, 1900-1934] at MyHeritage($) — index
 
*'''1900-1934''' [https://www.mnhs.org/search/people Minnesota Births, 1900-1934] at [https://www.mnhs.org/ Minnesota Historical Society] - free index, images ($)
 
=====Marriage=====
 
*'''1850-2019''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70873/ WEB: Minnesota, Marriages from the Minnesota Official Marriage System, 1850-2019] at Ancestry($) — index
 
*'''1860 - 1949''' {{RecordSearch|1803974|Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1976-2003''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10210/minnesota-marriages-1976-2003?s=275764761 Minnesota, Marriages, 1976-2003] at MyHeritage($) — index
 
  
=====Death=====
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* '''1840-1980''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2550/ Minnesota, U.S., Births and Christenings Index, 1840-1980] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1900-1934''' [https://www.mnhs.org/search/people Minnesota People Records Search - Births] at Minnesota Historical Society - free index, images ($)
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* '''1900-1934''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10828/minnesota-birth-index-1900-1934?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=feb20historicalrecords&utm_content=feb20historicalrecords Minnesota, Birth Index, 1900-1934] at [https://www.myheritage.com MyHeritage]; index ($)
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* '''1935-2000''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8742/ Minnesota, U.S., Birth Index, 1935-2000] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
  
*'''1850-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2185953|Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Marriage ====
*'''1887-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|3398461|Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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{{MN Marriage Intro|Stearns}}
*'''1904-2001''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10859/minnesota-death-index-1904-2001?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=feb20historicalrecords&utm_content=feb20historicalrecords Minnesota, Death Index, 1904-2001] at MyHeritage($) — index
 
*'''1904-2001''' [https://www.mnhs.org/search/people Minnesota Deaths, 1904-2001] at [https://www.mnhs.org/ Minnesota Historical Society] - free index, images ($)
 
  
==Societies and Libraries==
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* '''1850-2019''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70873/ Web: Minnesota, U.S., Marriages from the Minnesota Official Marriage System, 1850-2019] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
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* '''1860-1949''' {{RecordSearch|1803974|Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1885-present''' [https://moms.mn.gov/ Minnesota Official Marriage System] at [https://moms.mn.gov/LearnMore MOMS.mn.gov]; search by county, name or date, and request copy.
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* '''1970-2003''' [https://www.archives.com/genealogy/records-minnesota-marriage-index.html Minnesota Marriage Records Index, 1970-2003] at [https://www.archives.com/genealogy/ Archives] ($)
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* '''1976-2003''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10210/minnesota-marriages-1976-2003?s=275764761 Minnesota, Marriages, 1976-2003] at [https://www.myheritage.com MyHeritage]; index ($)
  
'''Albany Historical Society'''<br> Box 25<br> Albany, MN 56307<br><br>
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==== Death ====
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{{MN Death Intro|Stearns}}
  
'''Stearns County Historical Society'''<br> Stearns History Museum<br> 235 33rd Ave S<br> Saint Cloud MN 56301-3752<br> Telephone: 320-253-8424<br>[http://archives.stearns-museum.org Website] <br><br>
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* '''1850-2001''' {{RecordSearch|2185953|Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, County Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1887-2001''' {{RecordSearch|3398461|Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1904-2001''' [https://www.mnhs.org/search/people Minnesota People Records Search - Deaths] at Minnesota Historical Society - free index, images ($)
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* '''1904-2001''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10859/minnesota-death-index-1904-2001?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=feb20historicalrecords&utm_content=feb20historicalrecords Minnesota, Death Index, 1904-2001] at [https://www.myheritage.com MyHeritage]; index ($)
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* '''1908-2017''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7316/ Minnesota, U.S., Death Index, 1908-2017] at [https://ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
  
'''Paynesville Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 35<br>Paynesville MN 56362<br> Telephone: 320-243-7547<br><br>
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MN Divorce Intro|Stearns}}
  
'''Kimball Area Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 100<br> Kimball MN 55353-0100<br>Telephone: 320-398-5250 or 1-800-252-2521<br><br>
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* '''1970-1995''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1081/ Minnesota, U.S., Divorce Index, 1970-1995] at [https://ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1970-2003''' [https://www.archives.com/genealogy/records-minnesota-divorce-index.html Minnesota Divorce Records Index, 1970-2003] at [https://www.archives.com/genealogy/ Archives] ($)
  
'''Melrose Area Historical Society'''<br> 518 E 2nd St S<br>Melrose MN 56352-1414<br> Telephone: 320-256-4996 or 320 256-3933<br>[http://www.melrosemnhistory.com/ Website]<br><br>
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MN Research Facilities Intro|Stearns}}
  
'''Sauk Centre Area Historical Society'''<br>430 Main St S<br> Sauk Centre MN 56378-1509<br> Telephone: 320-351-8777<br><br>
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=== Archives ===
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{{MN Archives Intro|Stearns}}
  
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
 
 
*[[St Cloud Minnesota Family History Center]]
 
*[[St Cloud Minnesota Family History Center]]
  
====Family History Centers ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MN Libraries Intro|Stearns}}
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'''Great River Regional Library'''<br> St Cloud Branch<br>1300 W St Germain St<br>St Cloud, MN 56301<br>320-650-2500<br>833-438-4775<br>[https://griver.org/locations Website]<br><br>
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'''St Cloud State University'''<br>720 4th Avenue South<br>St Cloud, MN 56301-4498<br>320-308-3083<br>E-mail: [mailto:library@stcloudstate.edu library@stcloudstate.edu]<br>[https://www.stcloudstate.edu/library/default.aspx Website]<br><br>
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=== Museums ===
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{{MN Museums Intro|Stearns}}
  
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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'''Stearns History Museum'''<br>235 33rd Avenue South<br>St Cloud, MN 56301-3752<br>320-253-8424<br>Email: [mailto:info@stearns-museum.org info@stearns-museum.org]<br>[https://www.stearnshistorymuseum.org Website]<br><br>
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'''Haehn Museum'''<br>Saint Benedict's Monastery<br>104 Chapel Ln<br>St Joseph, MN 56374-0277<br>320-363-7098 or 320-363-7100<br>Email: [mailto:mwild@csbsju.edu mwild@csbsju.edu]<br>[https://sbm.osb.org/ministries/art-heritage-place Website]<br><br>
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'''Hill Museum & Manuscript Library'''<br>Saint John’s University<br>2835 Abbey Plaza<br>PO Box 7300<br>Collegeville, MN 56321-7300<br>320-363-3514<br>Email: [mailto:hmml@hmml.org hmml@hmml.org]<br>[https://hmml.org Website] <br><br>
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'''St. Joseph Area Historical Society Museum'''<br>Box 434 <br>25 1st Street NW<br>St Joseph, MN 56374<br>Email: [mailto:stjosephhistoricalsociety@gmail.com stjosephhistoricalsociety@gmail.com]<br>[https://stjosephhistoricalsociety.weebly.com Website]<br><br>
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'''Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home'''<br>PO Box 25<br>812 Sinclair Lewis Ave<br>Sauk Centre, MN 56378<br>320-352-5201<br>Email: [mailto:sinclairlewisfoundation@gmail.com sinclairlewisfoundation@gmail.com]<br>[https://sinclairlewisfoundation.org Website]<br><br>
  
*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
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== Societies ==
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{{MN Societies Intro|Stearns}}
  
==Websites==
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'''Albany Heritage Society'''<br>Box 25<br>400 Railroad Ave<br>Albany, MN 56307<br>320-845-2952<br>Email: [mailto:arnieginny1955@gmail.com arnieginny1955@gmail.com]<br>[https://ci.albany.mn.us/index.asp?SEC=A8341FEC-6B8C-47D2-926B-75A89ED4C539&DE=305AC123-E47E-40AA-A710-0BFF910F11F9&Type=B_BASIC Website]<br><br>
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'''Stearns County Historical Society'''<br>235 33rd Avenue S<br>Saint Cloud, MN 56301-3752<br>320-253-8424<br>Email: [mailto:info@stearns-museum.org info@stearns-museum.org]<br>[http://archives.stearns-museum.org Website] <br><br>
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'''Paynesville Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 35<br>251 Ampe Drive<br>Paynesville, MN 56362<br>320-243-7547<br>[http://www.paynesvillearea.com/community/histsociety/payhistsoc.html Website]<br><br>
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'''Kimball Area Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 55<br>5 Main St<br>Kimball, MN 55353-0100<br>320-398-5250<br>Email: [mailto:kimballhistory@meltel.net kimballhistory@meltel.net]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/Kimball-Area-Historical-Society-136280296440160 Facebook]<br><br>
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'''Melrose Area Historical Society'''<br>518 E Second St S<br>Melrose, MN 56352-1414<br>320-256-4996<br>Email: [mailto:rpaschke@meltel.net rpaschke@meltel.net]<br>[http://www.melrosemnhistory.com/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Sauk Centre Area Historical Society'''<br>430 Main St S<br>Sauk Centre, MN 56378-1509<br>Telephone: 320-351-8777<br>Email: [mailto:scahs@mainstreetcom.com scahs@mainstreetcom.com]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/Sauk-Centre-History-Museum-and-Research-Center-624050070966654 Facebook]<br><br>
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'''Cold Spring Area Historical Society'''<br>527 Main St<br>Cold Spring, MN 56320<br>320-248-5044<br>E-mail: [mailto:bmurphy@coldspring.govoffice.com bmurphy@coldspring.govoffice.com]<br>[https://coldspring.govoffice.com/?SEC=207F8412-8CC5-4104-87E4-25B476943550 Website]<br><br>
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'''Paynesville Historical Society'''<br>251 Ampe Dr<br>Paynesville, MN 56362<br>320-243-754<br>Email: [mailto:paynesvillehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com paynesvillehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com]<br>[http://www.paynesvillearea.com/community/histsociety/payhistsoc.html Website]<br><br>
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'''St. Joseph Area Historical Society'''<br>Box 434<br>St Joseph, MN 56374<br>Email: [mailto:stjosephhistoricalsociety@gmail.com stjosephhistoricalsociety@gmail.com]<br>[https://stjosephhistoricalsociety.weebly.com Website]<br><br>
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'''Sartell Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1907<br>Sartell, MN 56377<br>320-253-4036 X 1<br>Email: [mailto:historicalsartell@gmail.com historicalsartell@gmail.com]<br>[https://www.sartellhistoricalsociety.org Website]<br><br>
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'''Sinclair Lewis Foundation/Society'''<br>PO Box 25<br>812 Sinclair Lewis Ave<br>Sauk Centre, MN 56378<br>320-352-5201<br>Email: [mailto:sinclairlewisfoundation@gmail.com sinclairlewisfoundation@gmail.com]<br>[https://sinclairlewisfoundation.org Website]<br><br>
  
*[http://archives.stearns-museum.org Stearns History&nbsp;Museum Archives]
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== Websites ==
*[http://genforum.com/mn/stearns/ Stearns County, MN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
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{{MN Websites Intro|Stearns}}
*{{FHL|Minnesota%2C+Stearns|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
  
==References==
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* [https://www.mnhs.org/research Research] at [https://www.mnhs.org/ Minnesota Historical Society] — links to Records and Indexes; See also [[Minnesota Historical Society|MHS Wiki Page]]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/mn/stearns/stearns.html Stearns County],a member of [http://usgwarchives.net/mn/mnfiles.htm MN USGenWeb Archives], an affiliate of  [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ USGenWeb Archives]
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* [https://www.ironrangeresearchcenter.org/ Iron Range Research Center] The Iron Range Research Center contains one of the largest collections of genealogical and local history research materials in the Upper Midwest and includes census, naturalization records, passenger arrival records, mining company newsletters, and a survey of Women in Industry taken in 1919, among many others.
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* [http://stearns.mngenweb.net/ Stearns County], a member of [http://www.mngenweb.net/counties.htm MNGenWeb Project], an affiliate of [http://usgenweb.org/about/projects.html USGenWeb Project].
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|201680|Minnesota|Stearns}} – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
  
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== Research Guides ==
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Revision as of 15:48, 21 April 2021

Guide to Stearns County, Minnesota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: St. Cloud
Organized: March 3, 1855[1]
Parent County(s): Cass, Nicollet, Sibley, Pierce (extinct)[2]
Neighboring Counties
Benton  • Douglas  • Kandiyohi  • Meeker  • Morrison  • Pope  • Sherburne  • Todd  • Wright
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Stearns County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Stearns County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Charles Thomas Stearns who was a member of the Territorial Council. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Stearns County Courthouse
705 Courthouse Sq
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Phone: 320-656-3620
Stearns County Website

Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.
License Center has birth, marriage and death records. [4]

Stearns County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1870 1870 1857 1855 1859 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Stearns County, Minnesota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links to Federal, State, and Territorial censuses, see Minnesota Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 4,505
1870 14,206 215.3%
1880 21,956 54.6%
1890 34,844 58.7%
1900 44,464 27.6%
1910 47,733 7.4%
1920 55,741 16.8%
1930 62,121 11.4%
1940 67,200 8.2%
1950 70,681 5.2%
1960 80,345 13.7%
1970 95,400 18.7%
1980 108,161 13.4%
1990 118,791 9.8%
2000 133,166 12.1%
2010 150,642 13.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information, see Minnesota Church Records.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Online Books

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Stearns County. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Minnesota Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Wright CountySherburne CountyBenton CountyMorrison CountyTodd CountyDouglas CountyPope CountyKandiyohi CountyMeeker CountyMN STEARNS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men from Stearns County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Stearns County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company D.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies D and E.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies D and G.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company E.

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

All newspapers are available on microfilm at Stearns History Museum

  • St. Cloud Times, 1861-2011 (weekly and daily)
  • Der Nordstern, 17 Feb 1876 - 27 Aug 1931 (1886 is missing)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records may include wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Since Minnesota tax records include only persons who owned taxable property, many residents were not included. Still they complement land records and can be used in place of missing censuses or the years between censuses. There may also be gaps. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Minnesota Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Stearns County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Stearns County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Great River Regional Library
St Cloud Branch
1300 W St Germain St
St Cloud, MN 56301
320-650-2500
833-438-4775
Website

St Cloud State University
720 4th Avenue South
St Cloud, MN 56301-4498
320-308-3083
E-mail: library@stcloudstate.edu
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Stearns History Museum
235 33rd Avenue South
St Cloud, MN 56301-3752
320-253-8424
Email: info@stearns-museum.org
Website

Haehn Museum
Saint Benedict's Monastery
104 Chapel Ln
St Joseph, MN 56374-0277
320-363-7098 or 320-363-7100
Email: mwild@csbsju.edu
Website

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John’s University
2835 Abbey Plaza
PO Box 7300
Collegeville, MN 56321-7300
320-363-3514
Email: hmml@hmml.org
Website

St. Joseph Area Historical Society Museum
Box 434
25 1st Street NW
St Joseph, MN 56374
Email: stjosephhistoricalsociety@gmail.com
Website

Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home
PO Box 25
812 Sinclair Lewis Ave
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
320-352-5201
Email: sinclairlewisfoundation@gmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Stearns County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Minnesota Societies.

Albany Heritage Society
Box 25
400 Railroad Ave
Albany, MN 56307
320-845-2952
Email: arnieginny1955@gmail.com
Website

Stearns County Historical Society
235 33rd Avenue S
Saint Cloud, MN 56301-3752
320-253-8424
Email: info@stearns-museum.org
Website

Paynesville Historical Society
PO Box 35
251 Ampe Drive
Paynesville, MN 56362
320-243-7547
Website

Kimball Area Historical Society
PO Box 55
5 Main St
Kimball, MN 55353-0100
320-398-5250
Email: kimballhistory@meltel.net
Facebook

Melrose Area Historical Society
518 E Second St S
Melrose, MN 56352-1414
320-256-4996
Email: rpaschke@meltel.net
Website

Sauk Centre Area Historical Society
430 Main St S
Sauk Centre, MN 56378-1509
Telephone: 320-351-8777
Email: scahs@mainstreetcom.com
Facebook

Cold Spring Area Historical Society
527 Main St
Cold Spring, MN 56320
320-248-5044
E-mail: bmurphy@coldspring.govoffice.com
Website

Paynesville Historical Society
251 Ampe Dr
Paynesville, MN 56362
320-243-754
Email: paynesvillehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com
Website

St. Joseph Area Historical Society
Box 434
St Joseph, MN 56374
Email: stjosephhistoricalsociety@gmail.com
Website

Sartell Historical Society
PO Box 1907
Sartell, MN 56377
320-253-4036 X 1
Email: historicalsartell@gmail.com
Website

Sinclair Lewis Foundation/Society
PO Box 25
812 Sinclair Lewis Ave
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
320-352-5201
Email: sinclairlewisfoundation@gmail.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 3 March 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 3 March 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Stearns County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearns_County,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 3/6/2021.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Stearns County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearns_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 22 February 2020.