Benton County, MN

Research Links


Research Links for Benton County, MN Genealogy

Genealogy Sites

Benton County part of the Genealogy Trails family.

Benton County resouce page on

History Sites and Historical Societies

History of Benton County at the Benton County official site.

Benton County Historical Society

National Register of Historic Places, six entries for Benton County

Sartell Historical Society


Census Records for Benton County 1850 and 1930 transcribed

Public Records

Benton, Meeker, and Todd Counties, Minnesota Farm Directory, 1913-14
(Requires license)


2004 Highway Map

Plat Book of Benton County (1903) images on University of Minnesota Digital Library Services

Many maps at the Borchert Map Library including these Benton County maps

Detailed Benton County maps from 1851

Minnesota Territory 1852

Minnesota 1874

Michael Fox Map Collection

Modern GIS Maps (township maps have property ownership)

1914 Atlas of Benton County

About Benton County

Benton County on Wikipedia

Benton County News

Foley Photo Gallery


Minnestoa resource page on run by

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS)

See Local Resources for the address of the nearest LDS facility.

Minnesota State Archives and Libraries

White Pages

Minnesota Public Records Search

Minnesota Genealogy Records

Minnesota Yellow Pages

Old Books - Download Free or Search Online

Minnesota as it is in 1870; its general resources and attractions for immigrants, invalids, tourists, capitalists, and business men (principally from official authorities); with special descriptions of all its counties and towns, their topography, population, nationalities, products, business, wealth, social advantages and inducements to those in quest of homes, health, or pleasure. (1870) by John W. McClung

The history of Minnesota: from the earliest French explorations to the present times (1882)
by Edward Duffield Neill

The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier (1900) by Charles F Flandrau

Minnesota History Bulletin, from the Minnesota Historical Society
Vol 1 (1915-16)    Vol 2 (1917-18)    Vol 3 (1919-20)    Vol 4 (1921-22)

Minnesota State Gazeteer and Business Directory 1920-21

More links to old books on the Biographies page.


Images of America: Sauk Rapids and Benton County, Minnesota by Ronald Christopher Zurek - ISBN 073851960X, 128 pages.  New title from Arcadia, America's leading publisher of local and regional history.  Sauk Rapids and Benton County tells the rich and interesting story of one of the oldest counties in the state of Minnesota.  Author Ronald Christopher Zurek takes you on a one hundred year journey from a primitive wilderness of the 1850s to a modern community of the 1950s featuring nearly 200 vintage photographs.  "James J. Hill's influence and the tiny saloon that was to become Coborn's Superstore are just some of the highlights.  Group portraits dominate the book, capturing the lifestyles of granite workers, young men leaving for World War II and operators connecting telephone conversations at the turn of the century.  And we can't forget the Prohibition era federal officers reveling in their moonshine bust."  ---Tom Horgen, St Cloud Times.  Your may order the book from the publisher, Arcadia Publishing. A surname index for this book is here.


The History of Foley by Dennis Lewandowski  - ISBN 0967680905.  Foley, Minnesota had its Centennial Celebration in the Year 2000. The History of Foley covers the period from the Indian era until 2000.  Over 550 pages and 60 photos and images.  Order from Graffic Traffic, 3804 Zenith Ave. North, Robbinsdale, MN 55422.  The book can also be purchased at the Benton County Historical Society and Museum, 218 First St., North, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.



  History of Sartell, Minnesota.  The book is 8-1/2 x 11" in size, hard cover, 260 pages, published by the City of Sartell, Minnesota with lots of input from Thomas Sartell.  Tom has written a lot of short stories of the early days in Sartell from all aspects that were unpublished .  His son, Jeff, is one of the writers.  Jeff gave permission to write the stories since his Dad's passing.  Current authors built on his stories and added up-to-date material.  There are about 300 photos and the book is available from the Sartell City Hall, P.O. Box 140, Sartell, MN 56377.  The cost is $35 and the Web site for further information is at


Polish Roots by Rosemary A. Chorzempa. 1993. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 10001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202. Paper $17.95. Also available through Jonathan Sheppard Books, Box 2020 Empire State Plaza Station, Albany, NY. or  This pioneering work on Polish family history is designed to provide the American researcher with enough information in language, religion, geography, and history for successful research. A national director of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, Ms. Chorzempa offers the benefit of her experience in the US and in Poland. An enthusiastic genealogist for over 25 years, she has traced some branches of her Polish family back to the early 1700's. She conducts classes and workshops and has written books for beginners, an introduction to heraldry, and a genetic survey of Americans of Polish descent.

Updated 6 Jun 2020 by William Haloupek

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