Freeborn County Genealogy Society
1033 Bridge Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007


FCGS Library
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Freeborn County Genealogical Society


FCGS Library
The library is located at the Freeborn County Historical Museum,  1031 Bridge Avenue,  Albert Lea, MN 56007.
 
The library is open year-round Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm and 1:30 - 4:00 pm
 
Closed Holidays & Fair Week
Call 507-373-8003 for more information.

A Cautionary Note
Subject: [MAPLYMOU] FamilySearch Probate Images - A Cautionary Note

The images of Plymouth County probate records at FamilySearch.org are an
invaluable resource for genealogical researchers, but I have a cautionary
note for researchers. The "old series" probate records (1686-1881) exist in
two image collections of case files on the site. Those images were
apparently filmed at different times, and some images of some documents are
found only in one collection.

One case file collection is at:

https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.o
rg%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fcollection%2F2018320%2Fwaypoints

The reason why the beginning date of this collection is 1633 is that it
includes the New Plymouth Colony probate records. The 1686-1881 case files
are in image sets with titles of the form "Probate case files 1686-1881 no
10073-10149."

The other case file collection is at:

https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.o
rg%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2F9214-FM9%3A208834501%3Fcc%3D1918549

and its images sets have titles of the form "Case no 10057-10122 Hickey,
John-Hiller, Moses."

As an example of items missing from one set, in the second collection in
image set "Case no 3217-3294, Buck, Eunice P.-Bumpus, Nathan" case file
#3273 is represented only by an image which says "Missing Document" at image
789. However, in the first collection in image set "Probate case files
1686-1881 no 3215-3286" case file #3273 is found complete at images 721-728.

Researchers who are looking for images of 1686-1881 case files need to check
both collections to insure that they have seen all available images.

Dale H. Cook, Member, NEHGS and MA Society of Mayflower Descendants;
Plymouth Co. MA Coordinator for the USGenWeb Project Administrator of
http://plymouthcolony.net

 
Research Policy
(Research done at $15.00 per hour)
Sources:
Freeborn County History Books: 1882, 1911, 1988 (surname indexes for 1882 and 1911)

Freeborn County Newspapers - on Microfilm:
ALBERT LEA ENTERPRISE 1889-1905
ALBERT LEA POSTEN 1883-1885
ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE 1899,1919-1958, 1988-1998
ALDEN ADVANCE 1897-1900, 1923-1996
ALDEN EAGLE 1879-1880
EMMONS LEADER 1948-1981
FREEBORN COUNTY EAGLE 1858-1860
FREEBORN COUNTY STANDARD 1860-1931
FREEBORN COUNTY TIMES 1895-1905
FREEBORN HERALD 1860 & 1861
GLENVILLE LEADER-PRESS 1981-1992
GLENVILLE PROGRESS 1903-1961
SHELLROCK PRESS 1976-1981
SOUTHERN MINNESOTA STAR 1857-1858
TIMES-ENTERPRISE 1905-1923
 
Freeborn County newspapers - bound volumes
ALBERT LEA ENTERPRISE 1876-1882
ALBERT LEA EXAMINER 1919-1920, 1922
ALDEN ADVANCE 1997-1999
EMMONS LEADER 1902-1905, 1925-1948
FREEBORN COUNTY REGISTER 1993-1995
FREEBORN PATRIOT 1934-1936
HARTLAND HERALD 1907-1924, 1928
THE WEEKLY REVIEW 1991-1993
 
Newspaper index for the TIMES, ENTERPRISE, STANDARD, TIMES-ENTERPRISE: 1865-1931. Items indexed include birth, death, marriage, anniversary, divorce, birthday, probate, biographical sketches, and baptism notices.
 
HARTLAND HERALD index. Items include births, deaths, marriages, and probates.
 
EMMONS LEADER index. Items include births, deaths, marriages, and probates.
 
COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 1921-1964
 
Obituary index for the ENTERPRISE, TRIBUNE, STANDARD, TIMES, TIMES-ENTERPRISE

Obituary clippings notebooks

Cemetery transcripts for Freeborn County

Surname index to the cemetery transcripts

Census for Freeborn County - on microfilm:
Federal: 1857, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
State:   1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905
Index for 1870 and 1910
 
Naturalization records - Freeborn County 1870-1956
 
City Directories for Freeborn County: 1899 to date
 
Telephone books for Albert Lea 1905 to date
 
Yearbooks for Albert Lea High School (1913-1996),
Alden High School (1946-1949, 1951, 1964-1966. 1984-1986), Freeborn High School (1927-1987), Alden, Conger, Freeborn High School (1989-1991)
 
Plat maps for Freeborn County: 1874 to date
Name index for: 1878, 1895, 1901, and 1913
 
Vertical files (biographical and subject) pertaining to Albert Lea and Freeborn County - includes pamphlets, certificates, newspaper clippings, letters, etc.
 
Marriage Books A-G, 1857-1917 (on microfilm)
 
General Index - Deeds - Grantor & Grantee
Vol. 1- 8, 1857 - 1920 (on microfilm)
 
General Index - Mortgages - Grantor & Grantee
Vol. 1 - 7, 1857 - 1916 (on microfilm)
 
Record of Wills, 1857 - 1925 (on microfilm)
 
Index to Deaths, 1870 - 1959 (on microfilm)
 
Birth Index, 1870 - 1921 (on microfilm)
 
Photographs, Oral Histories,
Church Histories and Records,
Family Histories and Genealogies
Further searching can be done by:

  • Placing a query in the Tracer, the bi-monthy newsletter of the FCGS. This is free to members and $2.00 for non-members.
 

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