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Special thank you to Applepie_43 who did the original GCF Minnesota Genealogy Research Page

Some Highlights In Minnesota History

French fur traders came to Minnesota by way of the Great Lakes in about 1658. Little was known of this region until Jesuit Missionaries came in 1680. Father Hennepin traveled up the Mississippi River in that year and discovered the Falls of St. Anthony, which he named. This is present day Minneapolis. The French claimed the land east of the Mississippi River but gave it to England in 1763. In 1763 the United States acquired part of this land and the remainder of the future state was acquired as a part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Zebulon Pike traced the source of the Mississippi River to the to Cass Lake and Henry Schoolcraft traced the great Mississipi to its source in 1832 to Lake Itasca.

The first settlement was made in 1819 at Fort Saint Anthony which is now called Fort Snelling which was renamed in 1824. The eastern Minnesota became a part of the Northwest Territory, set up by Congress in 1787. Minnesota then became a part of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and finally Wisconsin territories. Western Minnesota was acquired in 1803 which was a part of the Louisiana then Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa Territories. In 1849 the two sections combined to form the Minnesota Territory. Minnesota became the 32nd state in the year 1858.

During the Civil War, the Souix Indians started a war of their own. Almost succeeded in driving out all white people out of Southern Minnesota. 500 white settlers died in the Sioux War and damaged range into the millions of dollars. The war ended with the defeat of the Indians at Wood Lake in 1862.--by Applepie_43

Minnesota Genealogy Links

Basic Links
MNGenWeb Project
Cyndi's List--MN
Minnesota Genealogy Mailing Lists at Rootsweb
MN Resources at Rootsweb
Lineages Genealogy Site
Everton's Genealogy Helper-MN
Minnesota Genealogy Forum
Genealogy Helplist--MN

African Amer. Genealogy--Univ. Of Minnesota
German American Genealogy--Univ of Minnesota
Native American Genealogy--Univ. of Minnesota
Norwegian American Genealogy--Univ. of Minnesota
Swedish American Genealogy--Univ. of Minnesota

Family Histories & Special Collections
Local Catholic Church and Ancestors
Pig's Eye's Notepad Historical Encyclopedia of St. Paul

Historical Societies
Society Hill--MN
MN Historical Society
Minnesota Genealogy Society
The Norwegian-American Historical Association
Olmsted Co. Historical Society(searchable databases)

Libraries & Book Sites
MN Public Libraries
Minnesota Libaries Search
CALCO--MN State Gov. Libraries
St. Olaf College Libraries

Military Links
1883 Minnesota Pensioners Online
1st Minn. Vol. Infantry

Newspaper & other Media Links
Newspaper Abstracts--MN

Places of Historical Interest
A History of Minneapolis
Walnut Grove, Minnesota
Judy Garland Museum

Vital & Census Records
Vital Records Info--MN
Minnesota's Death Certificate Index
Rochester Death Records Index (deaths in city limits of Rochester from 1871-1940.)
Probate Records-Minnesota
Immigration History Research Center--Univ. of Minn

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