Research and Genealogy Resources

Whether you’re searching for your ancestors or local history, you’ll find our collection of microfilm, books, maps, photographs, objects and oral histories are useful resources. Come in and SCHS staff and volunteers can help you with your family history or research project! If you can’t make it in, we can also complete research for you. To request a search by SCHS research library volunteer/staff, please complete the Research Request Form. Learn more about research requests here. 

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Maps and Atlases

  • 1874, 1880, 1898, 1913, 1944
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Shakopee 1884 and 1895; Belle Plaine 1914
  • Plat maps, railroad maps, etc.

Newspapers on Microfilm

  • Belle Plaine: 1858-1862; 1893-Present
  • Jordan: 1872-Present
  • New Prague: 1890-Present
  • Prior Lake: 1881, 1916, 1917, 1925, 1965-Present
  • Savage: 1962-Present
  • Shakopee: 1856-Present

Family Genealogies

Card Catalogs

  • All Obituaries, Marriage Announcements and Birth Announcements ever published in Scott County newspapers are searchable by last
  • Census records and town history books are searchable by last name

Subject Files

    • Subject files by city, and last name link you to both newspaper articles and physical sources.

Miscellaneous Resources

  • Scott County Naturalization Records: 1853-1926
  • State and Federal Census Records: 1857-1920
  • Scott County Probate Records
  • Church Records
  • Cemetery records
  • Books: Scott County, general MN history, and general genealogy books

Surname Index Search:

magnifying-glass-web-smallWant to see if we have the records you are looking for? Our newspaper index of marriages and deaths is updated weekly. The full card-file index is available for use in the research center/archives.

  • Enter a name to search on in the box below.
  • To show all records, leave the search box empty. Separate multiple search terms with the word “and.” Example: “John and Abel and Ryan and Margaret.”


(Thanks to member George Mikiska for these links!)

Here the the latest available archive links for the Czech Republic
Western Bohemia Plzen
Northern Bohemia Litomerice
Central Bohemia Region
Southern Bohemia Trebon
Eastern Bohemia Zamrsk
Northern Moravia Opava
Southern Moravia Brno
Prague City Archives
Jewish Records in the Czech Republic