Minnesota, Stevens County Genealogical Society Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1876 to2006.

The collection consists of digital images of records stored at the Morris Public Library in Donnelly, Minnesota. The records include:

  • Obituaries and index (1811-2006)
  • Marriage card file index (1875-1971)

County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed.

For a list of records by date and event currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests and the legal interests of their heirs.

The indexes were created as a rapid access to specific individuals withing the original records.

The information is generally reliable. However it depends on the reliability of the informant on the original documents. In addition, there may be transcription errors.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Minnesota, Stevens County Genealogical Society Records, 1876-2006" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in the Genealogical Society Records of marriages include only the following:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of the marriage

Key genealogical facts found in the Genealogical Society Records of obituaries may include all the following:

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  • Full Name of deceased
  • Residence
  • Age and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of Death
  • Burial Date
  • Cremated or not
  • Name of Cemetery
  • Branch of service, if military
  • Rank, company and regiment
  • Served in what war
  • Occupation
  • Marital Status
  • Name of Spouse
  • Social Security Number
  • Nationality
  • Names of Parents
  • Names of Children

How to Use the Record

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Record Category ⇒ Select the Record Type and Contents which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom

Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Related Websites

Morris Public Library

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Minnesota, Stevens County Genealogical Society Records, 1876-2006," digital images, FamilySearch, (https://familySearch.org/: accessed 27 March 2012), Stevens County Genealogical Society Records , 1876-2006 > Marriage index > Marriage index 1875-1971, Hillberg, Ethel Evelyn-McDaniels, Frank L. > Image 7 of 3002, Lundy E Hills and Hatti J Pickard, married 14 August 1905; citing Genealogical Records,: Morris Public Library, Donnally, Minnesota, United States, FHL digital images, 41 digital folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.