Research Library

Goodhue County Historical Society Library

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the History Center Research Library is accessible by appointment only, Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is closed on Saturdays. Appointments need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow sufficient time for staff to pull research material for your visit and limit interaction during the visit. Currently, only two researchers are allowed at a time in the library. The Research Library is free to use for members and $5 for non-members.

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 $20.00 per hour or $10.00 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.

GCHS does not have birth, death, marriage, or land records. These are kept at the Recorders Office at the old 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, Wanamingo, Stanton, and Welch (years vary). Also available on the Library of Congress Website

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