Stearns County

5th Ave, St. Cloud, 1906- LakesnWoods.com Postcard and Postcard Image Collection

Poles settled in Stearns County in the following locations:

Towns: St. Cloud, Sartell, Holdingford
Unincorporated Communities: St. Anna, Opole, Avon, Arban



County-Wide Resources

The church was a central point in the lives of Polish immigrants. Learn more about the churches and cemeteries in Stearns County where Polish families worshiped. 

Vital Records and Land Records

The County Treasurer’s Office oversees the genealogy records (births, marriages and deaths) for Stearns County.

The County Recorder is responsible for land records in the 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 purchase.

Historical Society and History Museum

The Stearns County Historical Society was formed in 1936 and in 1973, the organization started transitioning into a physical museum.

General Genealogy Links

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

Maps

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.

Books/Articles

TitleAuthor/Publishercomments
History of Stearns County, Minnesota – Volume 2by William Bell Mitchell
H.C. Cooper, Jr. and Co., Chicago: 1915
Entire book is online
The Stodolka Family – Article about several generations of a family from Silesia to Central Minnesota
Mike Stodolka




St. Cloud

Libraries

The Public Library and the Family History Center have valuable resources related to genealogy, history, and culture.

General Genealogy Links

The following are websites with general resources and genealogy information about St. Cloud:

PGS-MN Drobne Echa Newsletter Articles

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

newsletterpagetitle/author
Fall/Winter 200214Series Introduction
by Greg Kishel
Fall/Winter 200216Installment # 1: St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, and Gilman
From Slofice,1898

by Greg Kishel

Books

titleauthor/publisher
The Spirit in Central Minnesota, A centennial narrative of the Church of St. Cloud, 1889-1989, Vol. 1, Vol.  IIby Vincent Yzermans
Sentinel Printing Company, St. Cloud, Minnesota, Diocese of Saint Cloud, 1989.

Opole


Book

TitleAuthorComments
Opoliana, 1887-1987:  A History of the Community at Opole, Minnesotaby Robert J. VoigtAvailable in the Polish section of the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center.

Avon

General Genealogy Links

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

Map

Book

titleAuthor
Nestled between Lakes and Wooded Hills: The Centennial History of the Avon Areaby Jeanette Blonigen Clancy, 2000

Holdingford

Local Historical Society

The goal of the Holdingford Historical Society is to preserve the history of the Holdingford area.

General Genealogy Links

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

Article

TitleSourceComments
Minnesota 13WikipediaHoldingford was known as the Moonshine Capital of Minnesota

Map


Arban

PGS-MN Newsletter Article

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

Newsletterpagetitle/Author
Summer 19974Arban Church History Enclosed
by Sandy Nuss
(Sacred Heart Church History- document is in the Hoffman Research Library)

Sartell

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

Local Historical Society

The Sartell Historical Society preserves artifacts and historical information related to the Sartell area.

General Genealogy Links

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

Books

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