Basic Genealogical Websites

Major Links

FamilySearch - World's largest free family history site
Family History Digitized Books - Digitized from various major genealogical collections
Family History Research Wiki- Genealogical Word Lists for translations to English, research outlines, information on societies, etc.
Translator - Translate from foreign language to English
UsGenWeb Project - United States
WorldCat - Collections at Libraries

Death Related Links

Find A Grave - Graves in the USA and Canada
Obituaries -'s Obitfinder
Obituaries - The Peterson Chapel (Funeral Home) for the St. Michael MN area
Passenger Arrivals
Castle Garden - Passenger arrival search
Ellis Island - Passenger arrival search (Register for free)
Germans to America - Arrival search

People Locators - Minnesota Official Marriage System - Check for possible marriage, which may change name
Whitepages - US phone directory - Search by Person, Reverse Phone, Reverse Address - International phone directory

Selected Midwestern USA States

Minnesota Official Marriage System
The Peterson Chapel (Funeral Home) from 2011 to present - St. Michael-Albertville area
Dare's Funeral & Cremation Services - Elk River (Scroll down to locate past obits from A-Z)
Herald Journal Obituaries for - Dassel - Cokato - Delano

Outside the United States:



Calendar - Convert French Republican Calendar (Napoleon era) to Gregorian Calendar
French Word List - French to English

German Empire

Germany Genealogy Internet Portal - German genealogy site
Kartenmeister - Scroll down for German-Polish and Polish-German locality names and their church and civil records localities (not complete)
Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg - Digital images of some parish registers
Telephone Directory - Modern Germany
German Gazetteers & Maps:
Meyers Gazetteer - Lists virtually all localities in the former German Empire.
Search the index of the Prussian gazetteers:
Eifel Region - Five Counties - by Stephen S Barthel - Kreis Bitburg, Cochem, Daun, Prüm, and Wittlich - Note the church or civil (vital) records localities for village, then check type in the name of the records locality on
Eifel Region - Birth and Marriage Search by town - by Tom Pick - (Does not include all localities in the Eifel Region.)
Surname Distribution Map - Modern Germany
German Empire - Historical Maps - Scroll to grid map, enlarge map, select number in upper-right corner of desired map, scroll down further to select detailed map from selected number given in parenthesis



Kartenmeister - scroll down the page and enter German or Polish info into appropriate field
Internet Polish Genealogical Source - Links to sites, databases, and other sources
Poznan Project  - Database
Polish Genealogical Word List - Polish to English
Latin Genealogical Work List - Latin to English
German Genealogical Word List - German to English



Riksarkivet - (Digital Archives of Sweden)
Digitized Records from FamilySearch


Telephone Directory - To see where surnames are today

United Kingdom & Ireland



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News & Events

Our next meeting will take place on Monday, May 14th, at 7:00 PM in the Library Conference Room at St. Michael City Center, 11800 Town Center Drive. We welcome new President Calvin Schoen and new Vice President Brendan Sage. Appointments of Secretary and Treasurer will take place at this meeting, along with recertification of standing committees for the following two years.

A free seminar, entitled "Navigating" will take place on Monday, May 14th from 6 PM to 6:50 PM, in the library conference room at city hall. No prior registration is required. Event is open to the public. Stephen S. Barthel, retired Accredited Genealogist in German Research, and former Vice President of the St. Michael Historical Society, will be conducting the event.

Interested in a Ken Zylla signed and numbered print depicting a Central Avenue street scene in St. Michael, circa 1960? Call 763-497-4205, or email for further information and/or Order Form. Prints also available at our on line "store" tab above.  





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St. Michael Historical Society
11800 Town Center Drive
St. Michael, MN 55376