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Our Genealogy collection includes materials on Redwood and Renville Counties, the city of Redwood Falls and other communities within Redwood County, as well as local resources for Native American Genealogy. Our microfilm collection includes all available films for newspapers published in Redwood County and southern Renville County. We also have several rolls of local census reports for both Redwood and Renville counties.

We encourage you to stop by the Redwood Falls Public Library to do research. Both microfilm copies and photocopies are 25, plus tax, per page. If you are unable to visit the Library to do your own research, Staff can search for a specific event with a specific date for a fee. Our newspaper collection is not indexed and we do not have the resources to search through a broad range of dates.

$5.00 for one request
$15.00 for a half hour of research
$30.00 for one hour of research (with a limit of one hour maximum research)

Requests can be accepted via postal mail (please include $5.00 fee per request).
Mailing address: 509 South Lincoln Street, Redwood Falls MN 56283

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope when possible and mark your correspondence with “Genealogy and Local History”. You may wish to use our Genealogy and Local History Request Form with your submission.

Check out our Oral History Kit:
Kit includes- Marantz Solid State Recorder, Model: PMD661, MKII, Microphone Cable, Audix Microphone, Sennheiser Headphones, Marantz User Guide, AC Adapter and UBS Cable, Oral History Kit booklet.

Resources available at the Redwood Falls Public Library

Recommended additional resources:

Dakota Conflict Manuscripts from the Minnesota Historical Society:

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Minnesota Historical Society

Other Minnesota Sites:

Minnesota Official Marriage System (MOMS)
The Minnesota Official Marriage System (MOMS) is an online service designed for the general public to search and locate official marriage information and to be directed to the county which holds the custodial marriage record. A great source for genealogists!

Minnesota Discovery Center
Iron Range Reasearch Center
The Minnesota Discovery Center and the Iron Range Research Center haveindexed Naturalization Records and the 1918 Alien Registration records for the ENTIRE state of Minnesota. Free search of their database gives you the reel and page number if you have access to the microfilm, or copies are available for a fee. They also have man y other records.

Minnesota Reflections
A Website with over 210,000 images and documents shared by over sixty cultural heritage organizations across the state.

Dalby Database
Compiled information on southern Minnesota genealogy including cemeteries, Civil War information, obituaries, and much more.

Native American Family History Research @ MHS and the Science Museum:

Dakota Family History

Ojibwe Family History

Overview of the collection of the United States Office of Indian Affairs at the Minnesota Historical Society

In Honor Of The People
A Minnesota based site compiling information, photos and materials from the Bishop Whipple collection on American Indians.

Immigration to New York:

Castle Garden
Search for passengers entering the Port of New York through Castle Garden form 1820-1913.

Ellis Island
Search for passengers entering the Port of New York through Ellis Island from 1892-1924.

Other Sites:

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Information on over 6 million soldiers who served during the Civil War.

A great site that allows you to search for European towns and villages.

Cyndi's List
A great starting point, Cyndi’s List is an index of genealogical sources available on the Internet.

Family Search
Family history site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Find A Grave
Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.

Death Indexes
This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county.

U.S. GenWeb Project
A volunteer-based project providing free websites for genealogical research in every country and every state of the U.S.

The oldest and largest FREE genealogy website.
The world’s largest online family history collection that requires membership to view resources.

Use the following link to access our Library Edition Ancestry Library subscription:


Redwood Falls
Public Library

509 S Lincoln St
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
fax 507-627-5004

Monday - Thursday
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10 AM to 5 PM
10 AM to 2 PM
(Sept. - May)

Teri Smith

Children's Librarian
Jill Deinken

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Molly Schweinfurter
Wayne Junker

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