Research & Genealogy Center

The Research and Genealogy Center contains an extensive collection of books, photographs, genealogical materials and manuscripts regarding Blue Earth County’s history. Researchers may request a search performed by a researcher for a small, adjustable rate (depending on the amount of time spent on the project). Research requests be charged a pro-rated $30 per hour fee. Copies are $0.25 per page.

Resources include

  • Newspaper Clipping files from the 1860s through present with topics related to Blue Earth County. Also newspaper clippings on numerous families in Blue Earth County.
  • Microfilmed newspapers dating back to 1857 through 2006 (small town papers) or 2009 (Mankato Free Press)
  • Over 18,000 Photographs
  • Polk City Directories dating back to the 1870s
  • Various yearbooks from Blue Earth County dating back to about 1900
  • Various history books related to Blue Earth County and Southern Minnesota; some in relation to world events.
  • Various family histories related to people from Blue Earth County. More resources are avaible in the Research Center to assist in looking up your own Blue Earth County Ancestors.
  • A variety of first-hand business records and personal items in the Archives.

Please consult staff to know what is available. To request a search, contact the Research and Genealogy Center.

Visit our Indexes webpage for a few of the sources we have.

  View of the front of the Research Center

Research & Genealogy Center Hours                 Admission

Closed Sundays and Mondays                              Adults: $7.00
Tuesdays-Fridays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.                     Children under 18: $3.00
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.                               BECHS Members: Free