St. Cloud Area Genealogists


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.

Sept 20 – Mary Bakeman, "Widows and Orphans from the Dakota War: Opportunities and Obstacles"

The short war came as a surprise and left behind unexpected issues for survivors. We will explore some of the decisions that were necessary for them to recover their lives.

Now retired from the active book business, Mary continues to seek out untold stories. She has been researching Minnesota history and families for more than 30 years. Her interest in the aftermath of the Dakota War of 1862 grew from her work in editing the Minnesota Genealogical Journal, where she published transcriptions of little-known resources, and Minnesota’s Heritage: Back to the Sources, which included a focus on that event.

Oct 18 – Stories from Our "Out-of-State” Members

Some members live out-of-state and don’t get to our regular meetings. But when asked to share their family histories and stories, they were enthusiastic and willing. Their stories will be presented at this meeting. We're sure participants will find family connections with their surnames and families in the St. Cloud, Minnesota, area.

Come to hear the stories and bring along your friends who could be related.

Nov. 15 – Bob Torborg, "Family History in Photos"

Bob will discuss a variety of topics related to family photographs and other historical images. He will help with identifying the timelines shown in the photos, negatives and slides. He also will discuss how to best store, share, convert, edit and print your photos.

Bob developed a serious interest in photography while at DeZurik and has many years of experience and practice in this field.

Bring in a treasured photo or two. Bob might use your picture in his demonstration.

Zapp Historian Award Recipient in 2015 is St. Cloud Area Genealogists, Inc.
The group was organized in 1973. Its members are interested in family history. Programs include tours of historical centers and archives, lectures, and workshop with advice an assistance available to everyone engaged in genealogy. They not only work on their own projects but also have done invaluable work for researchers far and wide. The award is being presented by Gretchen Leisen, niece of Edward Zapp, Sr. and cousin of Edward Zapp for whom the award is named after. She is also a founding member of SCAG.

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, MN

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

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

Member Projects

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.





Individual - $15

  Family - $21


Individual- $17

  Family - $23





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

(320) 253-8424 •