Lincoln County

Ivanhoe Public School, 1910 – Courtesy of LakesnWoods.com

Locations in Lincoln County where Poles settled include:

Towns: Ivanhoe
Unincorporated Communities: Wilno
Townships: Royal Township

Many Poles moved to Lincoln County as secondary immigrants, coming from Chicago and Pennsylvania.


County-Wide Resources

Vital Records and Land Records

The Lincoln County Recorder’s Office maintains birth, marriage, death (dating back to 1879) and land records (dating back to 1874). 

Historical Society and Museum

The Historical Society and Pioneer Museum preserve artifacts and historical information related to Lincoln County and its people.

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 Lincoln County:

PGS-MN Newsletter Articles

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

NewsletterpageTitle/Author
Fall 20097A Polish Community Goes to War:
A Review of the Turbulent Events of 1939-1946
by John Kowles
Winter 20091Drobne Echa Article: Installment #18- Wilno, Minnesota
From Wiarus, 1886 – 1887

by Greg Kishel
Summer 20101Drobne Echa Article: Installment #20 – Wilno, Minnesota
From Wiarus and Katolik, 1886 – 1894

by Greg Kishel

Other Articles

(Note: * The three starred articles can be accessed by setting up a free account with JSTOR – just click on “Register” when you open the link. You can read up to 6 articles/month without charge.

The Polish American Studies journals are also available at the Hoffman Research Library at the MN Genealogy Center.

Title author/publishercomments
Out on the Wind: Life in Minnesota’s Polish Farming Communityby John Radziłowski
Minnesota History Magazine,
volume 58, no.1, pages 16-28, 2002
PDF of the article
One Community, One Church, Two Towns: The Poles of Southwest Minnesota, 1882-1905by John Radzilowski
Polish American Studies, Volume 48, No. 2 , Autumn 1991, pp. 5-25
* Read article here
Family Labor and Immigrant Success in a Polish American Rural Community, 1883-1905by John Radzilowski
Polish American Studies, Volume 51, No.2, Autumn 1994, pp. 49-66
(this article is focused on Wilno)
* Read article here
A New Poland in the Old Northwest: Polish Farming Communities on the Northern Great Plainsby John Radzilowski
Polish American Studies, Volume 59, No.2, Autumn, 2002, pp.79-96.
* Read article here

Book

TItle author/publishercomments
Out on the Wind: Poles and Danes in Lincoln County, Minnesota 1880-1905by John Radzilowski
Crossings Press, 1995
This book can be found in the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center.

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.


Wilno

General Genealogy Links

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


Ivanhoe

General Genealogy Links

The following are websites with general resources and genealogy information about

Public Library

Public libraries have valuable resources related to genealogy and local history.

Historic Newspaper

The Ivanhoe Times Newspaper began printing weekly in 1900 and is still being published. Issues can be viewed at the Gale Library at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, MN.