Faribault County

Harvest Fair, Wells MN, 1908 – Courtesy of LakesnWoods.com

Towns where Poles settled in Faribault County include:
Easton, Minnesota Lake, and Wells


County-Wide Resources

Vital Records and Land Records

The Faribault County Recorder’s Office maintains birth, marriage, death and land records. 

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.

Faribault County Historical Society

The Mission of the Faribault County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and disseminate the history of Faribault County

General Genealogy Links

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

Maps

The 1916 Plat map is 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.

Book

TItleAuthor/PublisherComments
History of Faribault County, Minnesota
From Its First Settlement to the Close of the Year 1879
J. A. Kiester, 1896Online version

Easton

General Genealogy Links

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

Cover of a Cook book from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Easton


Minnesota Lake

Local Newspaper

Minnesota Lake Tribune is available at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Publishing began in September 1894.

Minnesota Lake Historical Society

Kremer House (mailing) Box 225
Minnesota Lake, MN 56068
507-462-3420
Email: mlfamily@bevcomm.net

General Genealogy Links

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


Wells

Early Polish immigrants who settled in Wells came from the Silesian village of Syców.

Haller’s Army

Polish men in Minnesota joined Haller’s Army in World War I. Below is a link to an article about Leo Mosser, from Wells, who was one of those soldiers.

General Genealogy Links

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

Local Newspaper

The Wells Mirror is available at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Publishing began in September 1913.

Wells Historical Museum

100 1st Ave NW
PO Box 43
Wells, MN 56097
www.wellsdepotmuseum.com

PGS-MN Newsletter Articles

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

Newsletter pageTitle/Author
Fall 200012Table of Immigration Information: Silesian Polish Settlement in Central Minnesota
Fall 200014From Słownik Geograficzny: The Homeland of the Polish Pioneers of Wells:
Syców and Selected Nearby Villages, by Greg Kishel
Fall 20057A Third Person from Wells in Haller’s Army by J.M. Bias
Winter 20158Reprint from the Wells Mirror Newspaper: “Proving how we’re all connected: Jan Bias and her destiny of genealogy”