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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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History Museum of East Otter Tail County, Minnesota


The History Museum of East Otter Tail County was established in 1998. It is located in Perham, Minnesota, which is in the west central part of the state. The museum has made local history and genealogy resources available on its website. Among these resources are a cemetery records index, two volumes of East Otter Tail history books, the Perham Register of Births and Deaths from 1882 to 1900, and an index to the Enterprise-Bulletin newspapers, which date back to 1883. There is a single search page for this group of databases. Click on the Search link to open a new page with links to access them.


Click on a database link to open the search page for that database. You may search the databases at one time or you may choose to search a single database. For the Enterprise-Bulletin newspapers, you can further limit your search by article or event type (e.g., births, marriages, obituaries, news stories, and news bits). Enter keywords in the search box, then click on the submit button. You may limit your search by date, as well.


There is also a collection of historical photographs, which is searched separately. Click on the Search Historical Photographs link to begin a search of this collection. Enter a keyword, phrase, or four-digit year in the search box. You can also search for photographs from a specific date or date range by entering starting and ending years in the date search boxes.


Because the area is home to many Finnish-Americans, there are two databases with Finnish connections. The first is a twentieth-century newspaper titled New York Mills, which has search portals in both English and Finnish. The database contains births, marriages, deaths, news stories and “News Bits.” The other link is to the History of the Finns in Minnesota (1957). You can perform a keyword search of this volume. The search results are in the form of page number links. Click on the page number link to open the transcription of the book to the specified page.


The Hebrew Cemetery, Leadville, Colorado


Leadville, situated at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet, is the seat of Lake County in north-central Colorado. The Hebrew Benevolent Association Cemetery in Leadville established the Hebrew Cemetery in the early 1880s. It is the resting place for some 132 individuals, including “the last 'old time' Jewish Leadville native, Minette Miller (1894–1981).” Only 59 original markers remain. Click on the ‘People’ link to learn more about the historic Jewish community of Leadville. This information has been gathered from a variety of sources. Click on the ‘Interred’ link to access an alphabetical list of individuals buried in the cemetery. The data fields include last name, first name, middle name, born, died, age, block, lot, grave, marker, and notes. The notes field includes information such as parents’ names and alternate surname spellings.

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