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Blue Earth County Historical Society, Minnesota

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Blue Earth County is located in southern Minnesota. Mankato is its county seat. The Blue Earth County Historical Society (BECHS) has made a number of indexes available on its website. Click on the Research tab and select the Resources link, then Indexes to view them.


Digital Photograph Images
Click on this link to view a collection of county photographs that have been digitized and made available by the Minnesota Digital Library. The originals of the 1,426 images are part of the BECHS photograph collection. Click on the thumbnail to view an enlargement with a detailed description of the photograph.


Cemetery Index
Burials in seventy-eight cemeteries have been transcribed and included in this alphabetical index. It contains only the full name of the deceased. Complete information is available in the BECHS Research Center in book form.


Marriage Index
This is an alphabetical index to marriage announcements published in the Mankato Free Press in 1947 and 1948. The data fields include groom, bride, marriage date, and Mankato Free Press issue. You may order a photocopy of an announcement from the historical society.


Minnesota State Census
This database comprises an alphabetical index to the Minnesota State Census of 1865 for Blue Earth County. The pages have been indexed by last name. The data fields include person number, last name, first and middle names, down, page and family number.


Obituary Index
Like the Marriage Index above, this database indexes obituaries published in the Mankato Free Press in 1947 and 1948. The data fields in the index include surname, given name and age, maiden name, two reference fields (publication dates), birth date, and death date. You may order a photocopy of an announcement from the historical society.


Social Notes
This database contains indexes to articles published in Blue Earth County newspapers from 1875 to the 1940s. These articles have been clipped from the original papers, and are in scrapbooks at the Historical Society. They have been indexed by town and are listed in chronological order. The towns covered in these scrapbooks are Beauford, Cambria, Caroline, Ceresco, Cray, Cream, Danville, Decoria, Eagle Lake, and Garden City.


Wills Index
This database provides an alphabetical index to wills that were donated to the society. It indexes only Blue Earth County residents. The wills date from 1858 to 1973. Researchers can request a copy of a will for a fee.

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