Sherburne History Center has valuable historic resources for in-house use, and a select number of records available on-line.
The Sherburne History Center is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, providing local access to the microfilm collection of the largest genealogical library in the world, the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. The collection includes more than 2.4 million rolls and 727,000 microfiche of microfilmed genealogical records spanning the globe. Contact the History Center to find out more.
Researchers who visit the SHC in Becker, Minnesota are assisted by a knowledgeable staff who help you make the most of your research time. Many of the SHC holdings are listed below, but note that newer additions to the collection may not be listed. Researchers are welcome to use the materials during the History Center's working hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Many of the records the SHC maintains in a database are available on-line. These include certain years of the marriage, birth, death and burial records. Check below for more information.
Obituaries- index to obituaries published in the Sherburne County Star News 1876-1901, Sherburne County Times 1897-1918, and the Clear Lake Times 1919-1966. The Archives also has clippings from county newspapers from miscellaneous years.
Farmers' Directories- Entries in the 1914 Atlas and Farmers' Directory, which lists the farmer, location by section and acreage, wife, children, and years of residence in the county.
Biographies- An index to History of the Upper Mississippi by township is available for the Sherburne County section. Some of these are transcribed, including all for Clear Lake Township and Haven Township.
There are four main published sources that cover general Sherburne County history. These are all in our library collection.
History of the Upper Mississippi Valley by Edward D. Neill, et al, 1881. We have only the Sherburne County portion of this book. There are sections on each township in the county. This is a good source for looking up the early settlement period and many early settlers are mentioned with short biographies included. An index to these names, and some of the biographies are online.
Inventory of the County Archives of Minnesota: Sherburne County. Minnesota Historical Records Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, 1940. This book contains a summary of Sherburne County history as well as an annotated list of county archives and records and lists of county officials up to 1940.
The Growth of Sherburne County 1875-1975 by Sherburne County Historical Society, edited by Cynthia Seelhammer and Mary Jo Mosher. This book contains excerpts from the Sherburne County Star News for each year. The excerpts are categorized by general subject such as Business, Agriculture, Clubs and Organizations, and People. The Sherburne County Star News was the main county newspaper and was based in Elk River, the county seat. The paper still exists and is known as the Star News.
Sherburne County Heritage by Sherburne County Historical Society, 1986. This book contains short histories of communities, organizations, country schools, churches, and families in Sherburne County. All articles were submitted by the public.
In addition, many articles about Sherburne County history have appeared in the Sherburne County Historical Society's quarterly newsletter Historically Speaking. Read two sample articles in pdf format-Vacation with a Captial V and Mr. Handke.
Non-Population Census Records for Sherburne County
Agriculture- 1860-1880 Roll 1, Roll 3, Roll 8
Social Statistics- 1860-1880 Roll 15
Manufacturing- 1880 Roll 1
Mortality- 1880 Roll 1
County Government Records
Naturalization Records- 1864-1942
Probate Records- 1855-1950. Probate was required for all who owned land in Sherburne County when they died. They include heirs, their addresses, the decedents address at time of death, a land description, sometimes personal property and a will.
Guardianship Records- 1950-1982
Township Transcriptions- Becker; Big Lake; Haven; Palmer;
Big Lake Township Original Minutes 1858-1883