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.

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

January 15, 2019  Finding Family Through DNA by Gretchen Leisen.

She will explain how to find relatives through DNA testing. Various DNA tests including Ancestry, FamilyTree, 23 and Me, and Heritage Quest will be discussed. Come and learn how to apply your DNA results to your family history. 

February 19, 2019 Rural Stearns County Newspapers Project
Director of the Sauk Centre Historical Society, Jim Schloegl will share the history of the “Rural Obituary Project” and will show everyone how to sort and gain other useful information from the regional newspapers that have been indexed.  The index to over 20,000 obituaries will be available to purchase on a CD, and as many new computers don’t have a CD drive, those that bring their own flash drive can have a copy of the index at the event with the same files.   The cost of a CD is $10 and the cost to have the files transferred to your flash drive is $5.


How to Use Your Find A Grave Research     
St. Cloud Area Genealogists Board Member, Reggie Mohs will teach you how to use the research you discover on the Find a Grave website. It is not just a resource to look up a final resting place but may also tell you more about the person and about their family members, ancestors and descendants.  It can be a way for you to connect with unknown or little-known family members. 

Bus Trip to Minnesota Historical Society Gale Family Library
St. Cloud Area Genealogists invites you to join them for a trip to the Minnesota Historical Society’s Gale Family Library. During this visit, you may attend free presentations “Library 101 Orientation”, “How to Search for Things”, and “Show and Tell from the Collections”.

You can conduct hands-on research, but you may want to request your library materials before you arrive to minimize wait times. Please visit mnhs.orgto view available research records and indexes, research help resources, and to learn about the Gale Family Library. Some items you can search for include vital records (marriage, birth, death), census records, newspapers, court records, and prison and state hospital records.
Date:                                     Saturday, May 18, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bus Leaves at 8:30 a.m., Returns at 3:30 p.m.

Bus Location Pickup:      24243 County Road 7, St. Augusta, MN 56301

Registration:                      Sign up by sending an e-mailto
                                                Limited to 25 people so register early
Cost:                                      $30 for bus trip – Due by April 1, 2019
                                                Please make checks out to: St. Cloud Area Genealogists

Send payment to:            St. Cloud Area Genealogists, Inc.
                                                PO Box 213
                                               St. Cloud, Minnesota 56302


Cancellation:                     Cancel by April 18thfor full refund.  No refund after April 18th.


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.

Annual Membership Rates

Become A Member Today

Individual - $20

Family - $26

Pastimes Newsletter Mailed - $5

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2018-2019 meeting dates 

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   

(320) 253-8424 •