(Resource list compiled by Thom Carlson)

PROJECTS:

Houston County GenWeb

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mnhousto/

–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

http://www.houstoncounty.govoffice2.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={9E364723-22AF-496C-8826-DC76B7590D2D}

–as described at their site:

“Records

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;

Geneologies;

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

LaCrosse Area Genealogical Society
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wilacgs/

–has quite a few transcriptions of Houston Co. records, including Marriage Book A, early church records, cemetery transcriptions:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wilacgs/Archives.htm#HoustonCounty

Houston County Linkpendium
http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MN/Houston/

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

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

Houston County Message Board at Ancestry.com

http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.minnesota.counties.houston/mb.ashx

Houston County GenForum
http://genforum.genealogy.com/mn/houston/

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

http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/MN/houston.html

Houston County CousinConnect  (a competitor to the first two listings that didn’t really take off)
http://cousinconnect.com/p/a/101312/

HISTORIES:
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.

http://books.google.com/books?id=KwQwAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22history+of+houston+county%22&hl=en&ei=F0B2TrXsN8mlsAKdrqiLBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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

MNHomeTownLocator

http://minnesota.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery,scfips,27055.cfm

EPodunk
http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=21130&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down
–Each of these sites provides transcriptions of some of the local cemeteries:

USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project
http://www.usgwtombstones.org/minnesota/houston.htm

Find-a-Grave
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=1337

AHGP Minnesota Cemetery Transcription project
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/cemetery/minnesota/houston.htm

VOLUNTEER HELP:

http://www.raogk.org/minnesot.htm

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