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County Cemeteries on Find a Grave

When we started our Documenting Morrison County Deaths project back in 1997, I outlined the project into three phases, as follows:

Phase I

A) Preliminary planning

B) Index obituaries

C) Identify cemeteries and burial places in Morrison County

Phase II

A) Acquire copies of Morrison County death records through 1908 from the Morrison County Courthouse

B) Index burials

C) Gather cemetery information from cemetery associations, churches, townships, and private individuals.

D) Collect copies of personal papers and photos related to deaths.

Phase III

A) Compile data collected. – The staff will organize information gathered from the above-named sources and enter it onto a computer database.

B) Update death information as needed.


Documenting Morrison County Deaths is now in its second decade. It’s the project that refuses to die. (Ironic, eh?)

After we and our volunteers had been at it for a number of years, I wasn’t sure we would ever get the cemetery data we had collected into digital form (Phase III). In 1997, computers in the home were not as ubiquitous as they are now. Our volunteers didn’t all have the same computer programs we were using at the museum. High-speed internet and online applications were nowhere near where they are today in terms of accessibility.

Not so many years later, that has all changed and some of our volunteers have moved us into the digitization of our burial indexes with breathtaking speed and determination. One such volunteer is Carl Hoffstedt, who has been indexing some cemeteries and reindexing and updating others. Using our files and doing a considerable amount of legwork, Carl has been creating his indexes in digital form and providing us the digital files, as well as two hard copies of each cemetery he completes. He has also uploaded his cemetery indexes to Dalby Database. (Our online cemetery list indicates which indexes are on Dalby Database and how to access them.)

Carl is continuing the digitization of his burial indexes by posting them on Find a Grave, another popular online cemetery indexing tool. To date, he has posted data from the following cemeteries on Find a Grave:

Bethany Swedish Lutheran Cemetery (posted as Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery

DeMoss Cemetery

Lutheran Cemetery (in Scandia Valley)

Roseland Cemetery

Mission Covenant Cemetery

Scandia Valley Cemeteries

What Carl has done represents a tremendous amount of work and we are extremely grateful to him for the time he has invested.

Go! Now! Take advantage of Carl’s contribution and poke around on Find a Grave. Here’s a direct link to one of the cemeteries he has entered: Lutheran Cemetery, Scandia Valley.

[Update – 2/2/2011: Carl has entered data for the Darling Lutheran Cemetery on Find a Grave.]

[Update – 2/11/2011: Another of our Documenting Morrison County Deaths volunteers has uploaded cemetery data to Find a Grave. Sherry Duevel has entered the index for Riverside Cemetery in Royalton, Minnesota. She has also added some info for St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dixville and for Union Cemetery (aka “Dixville Cemetery). Thanks, Sherry!]

[Update – 2/22/2011: Arlin Super has uploaded data from Sacred Heart Cemetery (both the east and south sections) in Flensburg, MN, to Find a Grave. To find the eastern portion, search for Sacred Heart Old. Thanks for your work, Arlin!]

Roseland Cemetery Data Online

Roseland Cemetery, located in Cushing Township, Morrison County, MN, has been indexed and that index is now online at the Dalby Database. Type the letters “RLD” into the section box on the Dalby Database search page and the site will return the entire index to you.

Thanks to Carl Hoffstedt for his work on creating this digital index.

– Mary

Online Resources

The internet is a genealogist’s paradise.  There are so many resources available online that it is difficult to keep track of them all.  Our helpful researchers periodically mention various resources to us, so I thought I’d pass some of the recent ones along to you.  Hopefully, this will help us to remember these things are out there.

Pinkowski Institute – This site is dedicated to Polish-American history and genealogy and includes something called the Pinkowski Files, a database containing both Polish-American topics (i.e. astronauts, events, churches, publications & etc.) and the short biographies of Polish-Americans.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau has a site dedicated to Century Farms.  When you click over to the site, simply select the county you want to examine from the map and a window listing all Century Farms from the county will pop up.  Select the name of the particular Century Farm owner and a digital copy of the Century Farm application will appear.

Find a Grave is an online application that you can search for . . . what else?  Graves.  Primarily from the United States, but the goal is world-wide.  You can even sign up for an account with the site and add grave listings to it.  The site is operating on the Web 2.0 philosophy of “wisdom of the crowds,” or “many hands make light work.”  The site is by no means a complete listing of every grave everywhere, but someone (a someone who has volunteered for MCHS) has entered a lot of data for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Pierz, Minnesota.  In fact, in conducting a search for cemeteries by county on the site, I see that burials have been listed for quite a number of cemeteries in Morrison County.  Not a lot of individual burials, mind you, but it’s definitely worth a look.

Another cemetery search site is the Dalby Database.  It can also be used to search obits, marriages, births, city directories and more.  The site was started by John and Jan Dalby and originally focused on data from Rice County, Minnesota, although it may have expanded from there.  Once again, when searching for family history, it’s good to check all available resources.

Okay, one more resource for you.  This is one we’ve been aware of for some time.  In fact, we’ve had the data you can find on this site on a CD that we’ve been using for years.  The General Land Office (GLO) has a listing of land patents from between 1820 and 1908.  Our CD has the land patents specifically for Minnesota, but patents from the entire United States can be searched via the Bureau of Land Management’s GLO website.

Happy searching!