If you’ve looked around our website for any length of time, you’ll know that we have links to lots and lots of research resources, including indexes for items kept at the Weyerhaeuser Museum, as well as links to online resources kept by other organizations.
Many researchers are aware of these online resources, but a number of those who stop by the museum do not. To that end, I’m working on creating a print version of our online resources to hand out to people when they’re here. While I was trying to figure out how to arrange the print version, Ann Marie casually mentioned that there is a State Census Index online. Well, I’ll be! I had no idea. We have microfilm of the Morrison County portion of the State Census at the museum, so I never thought to look for an online version.
The State Census Index is part of the Minnesota Historical Society’s (MHS) website. It can be a little hard to find if you’re poking around on the MHS website, but the link will pop right up if you enter “minnesota historical society census” in a search engine. We’ve also added a direct link for the State Census Index to our Online Resources page (scroll down to the State Information Sources section).
[Note: The State Census Index is just that … an index. You have to enter a name and other parameters and if there are results from the search, you’ll get a basic listing, but you won’t see an image of a page from the actual census. The latter is what we have on microfilm at the Weyerhaeuser Museum for the Morrison County portion. The State Census Index will help you to narrow down your search and you can order a copy of the appropriate census pages from MHS, or visit your area historical society for copies.)