Ramsey County

Schnaith Brothers Plumbing, St. Paul, 1890 – Courtesy of MN Historical Society

Towns where Poles settled in Ramsey County include:
St. Paul, and New Brighton


County-Wide Resources

Vital Records and Land Records

The Ramsey County Recorder’s Office manages land records and the Licenses, Permits and Records Office oversees birth, marriage and death records for Ramsey 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 Minnesota History Center

The Ramsey County Historical Society provides resources related to genealogy and the history of Ramsey County. The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul provides State-Wide historical resources.

General Genealogy Links

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

Maps

The 1886 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.


New Brighton

Local Resources

General Genealogy Links

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

PGS-MN Newsletter Article

newsletterpagetitle/author
Winter 20061Droben Echa Article – Installment #9: New Brighton and Mounds View
From 1890, 1900 – 1903, l906-1907. 1914

by Greg Kishel

Books About New Brighton

All of the books can be obtained from the New Brighton Historical Society.

TItleAuthor
A Centennial History of New Brighton, MInnesotaGene Skiba, 1987
A Pictorial History: New Brighton Area, MN- From the 1880s-1950sJoyce Kloncz, 2002
A Pictorial History: New Brighton Area, MN – From the 1950s -2000sJoyce Kloncz, 2005
Historical Snippets from the PastJoyce Kloncz, 2016

St. Paul

General Genealogy LInks

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

Books

The Life of Swede Hollow – A Pictorial History
by Angela DuPaul and Karin DuPaul
Published by Friends of Swede Hollow, 2019

Maps

Many 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.

PGS-MN Newsletter Articles

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

newsletterpagetitle/author
Spring 19996Looking for the Veleske family who once lived at 977 E. Jessamine St., St. Paul, MN
by Shirley Mask Connolly
Fall 200411Haller’s Army Recruits – 1918: The Rest of Minnesota
Winter 200923The Polish Origin of Three Related St. Paul Families
by Patricia A. Metsch
Summer 2022 31920’s-30’s Life in St. Paul, Minnesota
by Paul Zawislak

Other Articles

titleauthor/Publishercomments
Wojciechowo: Polish Immigrants in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1875-1925by John Radzilowski
University of Illinois Press
Polish American Studies, Vol. 63, No. 2 (Autumn 2006), pp. 23-57
Note: You can read this article here – set up a free account by clicking “Register” and read up to 6 articles/month.

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

Stranger in a Strange Land: A Culture That for a Child was Foreign and Alien
by Bernice M. Fisher 
Ramsey County History Magazine 
Volume 41, No. 1, Spring 2006, pp. 20-23
Article is here on page 20
Swede Hollow: Sheltered Society for Immigrants to St. Paulby Mollie Price
Ramsey County History Magazine
Volume 17, No. 2, 1982
Article is here on page 17 – mentions a few Polish families
Exploring Swede Hollow, Once a Neighborhood Carved Out of the Wildby Andy Studevant
MinnPost
Article is here
Three St. Paul Neighborhoods That Worked: Dayton’s Bluff, Payne Avenue, and Arcade Street in the 1940s and ’50sby Steven C. Trimble
Ramsey County History Magazine
Volume 45, No. 3, Fall 2010, pp. 3-19.
Magazine is here

Polish Sausage and Trips on the Streetcar
by DeAnne M. Cherry
Ramsey County History Magazine
Volume 27, No. 3, Fall 1992, pp. 22-23.
Magazine is here
Swede Hollow Park Master Plan – September 13, 2019by St. Paul Parks and RecreationArticle is here