Area Genealogical Resources

(Resource list compiled by Thom Carlson)


Houston County GenWeb

–a free repository of contributed genealogical information, part of the nationwide Rootsweb project.  It includes, among other things, a complete transcription of the 1860 Federal Census of Houston County by township.  However, the site has been inactive for some time and there are many broken links.

Houston County Historical Society{9E364723-22AF-496C-8826-DC76B7590D2D}

–as described at their site:


Besides exhibits and artifacts, the Historical Society has extensive resources including:

Microfilm of County births, deaths and marriages;

Land and probate records;

Declarations of intent and naturalization records;

County Newspapers;

County state and federal census;

County Lutheran and Presbyterian Church records;

19,000 plus photos;

Community histories;

Church histories;

Cemetery recordings & records;

Obituaries, news clippings and ephemera records;


Plat books & maps; and Miscellaneous school, church and business records.”

LaCrosse Area Genealogical Society

–has quite a few transcriptions of Houston Co. records, including Marriage Book A, early church records, cemetery transcriptions:

Houston County Linkpendium

–the best available compilation of genealogy links with a local focus

Bulletin boards where you can ask questions and have conversations about ancestors & resources, listed in order of relative activity:

Houston County Message Board at

Houston County GenForum

MNHousto-L listserver  (an older form of conversation, where each message arrives via e-mail; mostly inactive)

Houston County CousinConnect  (a competitor to the first two listings that didn’t really take off)

The 1882 History of Houston County has been digitized and placed online by GoogleBooks  It contains good township histories and biographies, and is every-word searchable, making it easy to find references to your ancestors.

–Each of these sites provide maps that locate area cemeteries:


–Each of these sites provides transcriptions of some of the local cemeteries:

USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project


AHGP Minnesota Cemetery Transcription project


And the following list was shared by Elaine Hippen!

Thanks to Susanne Sanderson for suggesting this additional resource:


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