The Fillmore County Historical Society in Fountain, Minnesota, collects photographs and artifacts related to the history of Fillmore County, which is one of the oldest counties in the state and is located in the southeastern part of Minnesota on the Iowa border.

 

The historical society shares content with Minnesota Reflections.

[su_heading size=”24″]Online Collections[/su_heading]

 

How to Search FCHC Online Indexes

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[su_heading size=”24″]Onsite Collections[/su_heading]

  • Birth Records 1870-1921

  • Death Records 1870-1940

  • Marriage Records 1858-1900

  • Obituary Collection 1857-present

  • Gravestone Transcriptions (All 24 Townships)

  • Will/Probate Index 1858-1944

  • Naturalization Index

After consulting the digital index, original vital records can be copied from microfilm readers.  Obituaries are available to copy from binders and/or microfilm.  Gravestone transcriptions are available in binders.  Probate and naturalization records are available for copy on microfilm.PLEASE NOTE:  Gravestone transcriptions and any pertinent gravestone images from the Fillmore County History Center archives are copyrighted by the Fillmore County Historical Society.  These transcriptions may NOT be copied in full, or posted in full online to web databases such as “Find A Grave.”

  • Maps

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.

  • Index of Naturalization

Records available on five reels of microfilm.

  • Vital Records

Birth records for the years 1870 – 1921Records for births 1900-1934 may be ordered online at the Minnesota Historical Society website:http://people.mnhs.org/bci/search.cfm?CFID=186585&CFTOKEN=48924358&bhcp=1 Death records for the years 1870 – 1940Records for births 1908-2001 may be ordered online at the Minnesota Historical Society website: http://people.mnhs.org/dci/ Marriage records for the years 1858-1916Records for marriage dates after 1917 are archived at the Fillmore County Court House in Preston. 

  • Obituary Collection –

    • 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. Copies of obituaries may be purchased in person at our facility or via email mail order.
  • Wills

    • 1858 – 1944 available on microfilm.
  • 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 Please check state index at Minnesota Historical Society website:http://people.mnhs.org/census/search.cfm 
  • 1890 Fillmore County Civil War Veterans, Widows, and Children – available on microfilm.

  • Newspapers on Microfilm

Additional microfilm just added to our collection:

    • Mower & Fillmore County Republican – Sept 23, 1875-Dec 27, 1877
    • Mower & Fillmore County Republican – Jan 3, 1878-Oct 16, 1879
    • Mabel News Record/Republican Lea –  Sept 5, 1990-July 31, 1991
    • Preston Republican – Jan 1, 1981-Aug 29, 1990
    • Fountain-Preston newspapers – Miscellaneous Titles/Dates
  • Microfilmed Newspapers Have All Been Read And Indexed For Obituaries/Film Also Available For Browsing

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • Reference Materials Available:

    • Church Histories/Community Histories/Index of Veterans: Civil War– Spanish American War –World War I/Fillmore County Family Researcher Compilations
  • Fillmore County Historical Volumes Available:

    • History of Fillmore County, Minnesota with an Outline of her Resources, Advantages, and the Inducments She Offers to Those Seeking Homes in the West.  By J.W. Bishop, C.E. Holley & Brown Printers, Republican Office Chatfield, MN 1858 History of Fillmore County  1882 Including Explorers & Pioneers of Minnesota & the Sioux Massacre of 1862.  By Rev. Edward D. Neill & Charles Bryan. History of Fillmore County, Vol I-II  1912 By Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge.  Chicago, Ill. : H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co. History of Fillmore County By Fillmore County Historical Society Members & Friends. Dallas, TX. 1984.
  • Local History Volumes Available:

    • Canton Chronicles  by Marjorie Vail Black Canton Treasured Memories Canton, Minnesota 1879-1979 Chatfield Bicentennial BugleChatfield 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 125thAnniversary 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 1930sThe 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 BeaverMabel: 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 1890 Washington Community by Mrs. Rolf Hagen Wykoff Centennial 1876-1976 Wykoff: A Journey into Yesterday by Matie Pulford [with index]

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