The Sherburne County Historical Society runs the Sherburne History Center and in addition to collecting and displaying historical artifacts related to the pioneer history of Minnesota, they operate a research room with helpful genealogy collections for researchers.

Collections include:

  • Births-1870- 1899
  • Marriages- 1856-July 9, 1925
  • Deaths- 1870 to 1923
  • Burials- Partial list, organized by year for 1855-1910 is from records in 17 of the cemeteries in the county. A partial map of Berry Cemetery shows grave locations, updated to 1995.
  • Obituaries- index to obituaries published in the Sherburne County Star News 1876-1901, Sherburne County Times 1897-1918, and the Clear Lake Times 1919-1966. The Archives also has clippings from county newspapers from miscellaneous years.
  • Farmers’ Directories- Entries in the 1914 Atlas and Farmers’ Directory, which lists the farmer, location by section and acreage, wife, children, and years of residence in the county.
  • Biographies- An index to History of the Upper Mississippi by township is available for the Sherburne County section. Some of these are transcribed, including all for Clear Lake Township and Haven Township.
  • Land Records Grantee/Grantor- First owners in Big Lake Twp.- transcriptions of county land records, 18xx-1975.
  • Plat Maps- for all townships, some 1903, some 1914
  • Visit their site to perform a sitewide collection search

They have many more on-site collections and offer RESEARCH SERVICES for a fee for anyone who is unable to make an onsite visit.

“The Sherburne County Historical Society helps the people of this Central Minnesota county develop an appreciation for the area’s settlement and history. The historical society operates the Sherburne History Center in Becker, Minnesota, where it collects, preserves and interprets the history of Sherburne County. Our Minnesota Reflections contribution includes images of the Charles M. Babcock house in Elk River, buildings of historic significance in Becker, the 1903 plat book of Sherburne County and 1898 Mississippi River maps.”



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