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.

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

November 14
Please be Reasonable
Presenter: Dan Schroder  Dan has been an active member of St. Cloud Area Genealogists and the Stearns History Museum since 1981. He is a board member of St Cloud Area Genealogists.

Learn how to use dates and locations to create a family timeline, that will help you spot inconsistencies and errors in the search results you get. Especially in Ancestry Public Trees and Find-A-Grave. Join us to learn to use these sources wisely and develop successful research habits.

January 16, 2018

Features of Family Tree Maker 2017
Presenter: Michele Braun-Heurung, a St. Cloud Area Genealogists board member and member of the Stearns History Museum.

Learn how to build and update your family tree and share reports that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.  View how Family Tree Maker 2017 software interfaces with and  Discover new features such as color coding, photo darkroom, and FamilySync weather report. View top features such as links to historical records, charts and reports, media organization, and interactive maps.

February 20, 2018

Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass: Stearns County Bootlegging History
This documentary video explores the history of an elite moonshine produced in Stearns County, Minnesota during Prohibition, and the modern day attempts of a newly launched micro-distillery to resuscitate the brand as a premium whiskey. 

Kelly Nathe and Norah Shapiro co-produced the documentary which was inspired by the late St. Cloud State professor Elaine Davis’ 2007 book “Minnesota 13: Stearns County’s Wet Wild Prohibition Days”.

March 20, 2018
Create a Family Archive
Presenter: Audra Hilse, Archivist from Anoka County Historical Society. "Audra Hilse grew up in Ohio, and moved to Anoka County, Minnesota with her family when she was 10. She received her BA in History from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and her Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. She spent two years teaching English in Japan. Audra has been a staff member at the Anoka County Historical Society since 2014, and has been the Archivist since 2015."

Learn how to organize important family documents, photographs, clothing, objects and digital files into a family archive, including why an organized collection is helpful, what to include, and specifics about how to deal with physical and digital materials.
April 21, 2018
Family History Conference – Trace Your Roots - click for more information

Annual Membership Rates

Become A Member Today

Individual - $20

Family - $26

Pastimes Newsletter Mailed - $5

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2017-2018 Meeting Dates

Nov 14th

Jan 16th

Feb 20th

March 20th

April 17th

May 15th

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


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   

(320) 253-8424 •