Steele County

Bridge Street, Owatonna, 1910 – Courtesy of LakesnWoods Postcard Images

Towns where Poles settled in Steele County:
Owatonna


County-Wide Resources

Vital Records and Land Records

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

County Historical Society

The Steele County Historical Society preserves artifacts and historical information related to the County and its people.

Historic Newspapers

This link lists many different Steele County newspapers available at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.

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.

General Genealogy Links

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

Maps

The 1916 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

titleAuthor/publishercomments
Forgotten Memories of Minnesota and Steele Countyby Doug Meyer
Minnesota Heritage Publishing, 2017
Article about the book
To order, contact the Steele County Historical Society – link is here
History of Steele and Waseca CountiesUnion Publishing Co., 1887Online version
History of Rice and Steele CountiesFranklyn Curtiss-Wedge,
H.C. Cooper and Co., 1910
Online version

Owatonna

There is not much to be found about the history of Polish immigrants in Owatonna, other than mention of St. Hyacinth Church as being a Polish church.

General Genealogy Links

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

Map

Historic Newspaper

The People’s Press newspaper was published in Owatonna from 1874-1921. Issues of the newspaper can be found at the Minnesota Historical Society. The link below provides a history of the paper.

Public Library

The Owatonna Public Library has resources related to local history and genealogy.