Benton County

PGS-MN member Mike Stodolka’s ancestral farm house in Benton County, built in 1906.

Poles settled in Benton County in the following locations:

Towns: Gilman, Sauk Rapids, Sartell, Foley
Townships: Mayhew Lake, Alberta,
Unincorporated Communities: Popple Creek, Brenneyville, Duelm, North Benton


County-Wide Genealogical Resources

Vital Records and Land Records

Benton County Recorder’s Office has birth and death records dating back to 1860. The office also oversees marriage and land records.

Historical Societies and Museums

The Historical Society can direct you to resources, including documents and photos, related to genealogy and the history of Benton County.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

The U.S.Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management has General Land Office Records where you can pick the state and county, then type a surname. If an ancestor purchased land, you will likely be able to see the document and details about the land and the purchase.

The following are websites with general resources and genealogy information about Benton County:

PGS-MN Newsletters

(You will need to scroll down to the page indicated to find the article within the newsletter link)

NewsletterpageTitle
Fall 20076A Novice Researcher’s Circuitous Route
to Finding Her Rafinski Great-
Grandfather’s Parish in Poland

by Lisa Trembley
Winter 200710Tracing Our Silesian Roots
by Bob Prokott
Spring 20099Where My Polish Immigrant Ancestors Settled
by Wiliam R. Graczyk
Winter 20101Thomas and Tekla Wolak and Family – Their Immigration and Settlement in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and Nebraska (1881-1995)
by Amy Jowers
Winter 20199Filling in the Blanks
by Marie Przynski
Summer 202011Henry J. Wolak
by Amy Jowers

Books

Sauk Rapids and Benton County
Ronald Christopher Zurek
Arcadia Publishing, 2002

Benton County Fair History Book – Minnesota’s Legacy

Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 2013

Articles

Illnesses in Benton County
in the early 1900s

The Stodolka Family – Overview of several generations of a family from Silesia to Central Minnesota
by Mike Stodolka


Alberta Township and Gilman


PGS-MN Drobne Echa Articles

(You will need to scroll down to the page indicated to find the article within the newsletter link)

Town or TOwnshipRelated Region in PolandNewsletter
Gilman and Alberta TownshipKashubia, Galicia, Poznan, SilesiaFall/Winter 2002
page 14
Gilman and Alberta TownshipKashubia, Galicia, Poznan, SilesiaSpring 2007
page 1

Mayhew Lake Township

Mayhew Lake Document
The People of Mayhew Lake (Minnesota) (1896-1992)
by Robert J. Voigt
Available in the Polish section of the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center.


Duelm


Brennyville


Foley


General Genealogy Links

The following are websites with general resources and genealogy information about Foley:

Map

Plat maps are helpful in showing who owned the land that year. Click on the area you are interested in until you get to the detail level with names.

Public Library

Public libraries can be a valuable resource for finding local historical books, articles and other documents related to genealogy.


Sauk Rapids

Sauk Rapids was founded by Silesian Lutherans from the northeast region of Poland called Mazury.

General Genealogy Links

The following are websites with general resources and genealogy information about Sauk Rapids:

Town History

Maps

Plat maps are helpful in showing who owned the land that specific year.
Click on the area you are interested in until you get to the detail level with names.


Popple Creek

Book

titleAuthorComments
Documental History of the Evangelical Church and Pioneer Cemetery of Popple Creek, Minnesotaby Edward F. Sowa, 1987Available in the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center

Article


Sartell

(Note: Sartell is in both Benton County and Stearns County)

General Genealogy Links

The following are websites with general resources and genealogy information about Sartell:

Book

Titleauthor/Pubishercomments
Lumber, Paper, Valves and Progress- A History of Sartell MinnesotaHistorical Publications Group, 2006Can be purchased through the Sartell Historical Society

North Benton