Morrison County Resources on Google Books

The number of research resources online has increased exponentially since the Morrison County Historical Society first went online with its website in 2002. This week, I found a couple of key Morrison County resources online that we regularly use in-house. Google Books has digitized the “History of the Upper Mississippi Valley” and Clara Fuller’s “History of Morrison and Todd Counties, Minnesota.”

The Fuller history is a two-volume set that was published in 1915. The first volume contains general historical information about Morrison and Todd Counties, and the second volume contains biographies of residents from the two counties.

The “History of the Upper Mississippi Valley” was published by the Minnesota Historical Company in 1881. It includes a chapter on Morrison County’s early history, broken down by township and community, and includes mini-biographies of early residents.

Google Books digitized these books in February 2008. Optical character recognition technology was probably used to index the books. Because of this, you’ll find spelling errors within the plain text view of the books (i.e. PREFACE is spelled PBEFACE, LAKE SUPERIOR is spelled LAKE STTPERIOB). For this reason, it’s better to read the books online in page image view, which seems to be the default. You have the option of magnifying the pages in order to more easily read them.

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