St. Cloud Area Genealogists

We are a non-profit organization that strives to make your family history research an enriching and rewarding experience.  Our monthly meetings include guest speakers who provide educational presentations to teach ways to prepare a research plan, how to evaluate evidence, techniques to discover online and non-digitized resources, and so much more.

Our premier organization is for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.  Our members research their ancestors from varying locations within Minnesota, throughout the United States, and from foreign countries. 

Whether you have Minnesota connections or not, we invite you to join us in pursuit of your family history.  Joining our organization is a great way to propel your research forward and for connecting with a network of people who share your interest in family history.

The St. Cloud Area Genealogists meet the third Tuesday of the month - January - May and September - November at the Stearns History Museum.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm.  Cost: Free will donation for non-members.

For more information, contact St. Cloud Area Genealogists Librarian Dan Schroeder at or (320) 685-3629.

Upcoming Meetings

Celebration of 45 Years and Ideas for Publishing Books on Family History

Tuesday,September 18,2018

7 p.m.
Marilyn Stinson, Gretchen Leisen, Pat Hill, and Kathy Middendorf will share historical highlights about the St.Cloud Area Genealogists over the last 45 years. Come join us as we celebrate this milestone in the Society’s history. 
In  addition to the celebration, Dr. Marilyn Stinson, education coordinator on the St.Cloud Area Genealogists board, will present “Ideas for  Publishing Books on Family History”. Marilyn has published six books on family histories for her families:  Stinsons of Norway and USA; Ralph E. Cameron & M. Ellen McLean of USA; John Cuthbertson & Elizabeth Murdoch of Scotland, Canada, USA; John and Elizabeth Cameron of Scotland, Canada, USA; Roderick and Christine Cameron of Scotland, Canada; USA; McLean Family History of Scotland, Canada, USA.
She is currently working on Adgate Family History: Great Britain; Massachusetts, USA; NewYork; NorthDakota. (1600s) and Dresser Family History: Yorkshire, England; Salem, Massachusetts; New York; Illinois; Minnesota; NorthDakota. (1600s)


October 16   Parish Records Project of the st. Cloud Diocese

The Parish Records Committee will provide an update on the various projects worked on by SCAG members since 1989 when it all started. 

The records discussed will include:

  Father Pierz records
  Cemeteries in Stearns County
  Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths in more than 150
  Parishes in the St. Cloud Diocese
  Process of transcribing every record from old and new parish books
  Formats in old parish books
  Problems encountered
  Changes in electronics
  Museum and SCAG access to indexed records



Presented by Ben Carlson


Annual Membership Rates

Become A Member Today

Individual - $20

Family - $26

Pastimes Newsletter Mailed - $5

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2018-2019 meeting dates 

September 18th

October 16th

November 20th

January 15th

February 19th

March 19th

April 16th

May 21st


Member Projects


Call (320) 253-8424 for availability

Index to Gravestones of Stearns County

Index to Gravestones of Benton County

Index to Gravestones of Sherburne County 

St. Cloud Daily Times Obituary Index, 1887-1907

St. Cloud Daily Times Obituary Index, 1908-1927

Index to Gravestones in St. Michael's Cemetery, Buckman, Morrison County

Old Epitaphs of North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud, MN


Member Projects

Index of Stearns County Marriages and Marriage Licenses, 1856-1880 

Index of Stearns County Marriage Licenses, 1881-1890 

Index of Stearns County Marriage Licenses, 1891-1900
Ancestor Charts and Bibliographical Sketches with Index

Index to 1896 Plat Book, Stearns County, with Maps

Index to Gravestones in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pierz, Morrison County, MN

CD that includes over 20,000 rural obituaries.


These and more completed projects are available to use at the Stearns History Museum Research Center.



Stearns History Museum • 235-33rd Avenue South • St. Cloud, MN  56301   

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