Research Library

Goodhue County Historical Society Library

The History Center library is accessible during open hours of the History Center.  Free for members.  Non-members admission is $5. When visiting the research library on a Saturday please contact the Library and Archives Manager several days in advance so material can be readied for your visit. GENEALOGY RESEARCH IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO VISIT THE HISTORY CENTER.

Research requests will be accepted by mail, online and e-mail. Research is limited to Goodhue County only. Research time is charged at $25.00 minimum up to one hour and $18.00 per hour or $9.00 per half hour after the minimum. Obituary requests are $10 each.

Sending a research request? Please include full names, dates, townships, etc.  If sending a request by mail, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you are e-mailing, please give us a regular mailing address too so we can send out copies of pertinent information.

GCHS does not have birth, death, marriage, or land records. These are kept at the Recorders Office at the courthouse in Red Wing.  They can be reached at 651-385-3000. GCHS also has a very limited amount of genealogical information.

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The Goodhue County Historical Society library and archives contain resources for historical research, including:

  • Public Access Computers with access to,, Dalby Database, and
  • County censuses on microfilm 1865-1905. Also
  • 1850 Territorial Census (partial)
  • 1870 Red Wing, Featherstone, Hay Creek, Burnside censuses
  • Directories and phone books 1860-present (years vary)
  • Plat books 1877, 1894, 1914-present (years vary)
  • County newspapers on microfilm: Cannon Falls, Goodhue, Kenyon, Pine Island, Wanamingo, Red Wing, Zumbrota. (years vary)
  • We can check for obituaries if you can supply the complete death date. Obituaries are $10.
  • Military information with partial listings of Goodhue County veterans
  • Subject and Biography files. Topics and names vary.
  • Red Wing First Lutheran Church records on microfilm 1855-1997
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance maps 1884-1951 for Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Zumbrota, White Rock, Pine Island, Dennison, Goodhue, Kenyon, Skyberg, Burnside, Frontenac, Stanton, Wanamingo, Stanton and Welch (years vary) Also available on the Library of Congress Website

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