Genealogy and Research Library

Our non-circulating library is fully staffed to help answer your questions. We have census records, naturalization records, plat maps, newspapers, photographs, local history books and family histories all pertaining to Carver County. We even have much of our newspaper collection indexed. Please see library sources page for more information. There is no admission fee to use our library.

If you cannot visit us in person but would like our assistance with research, you can contact us by phone, mail or e-mail. Please see research page for more information.

Members receive one hour of free research by staff per year or 10 free copies per year, plus discounts on local history books and education classes. Please check our membership page for more information and to sign up!

Genealogy Gathering
Join us for our monthly Genealogy Gathering. This is an informal opportunity for genealogy enthusiasts (and those just starting out) to meet once a month and share ideas, victories, problems, and resources. (These meetings are held the second Saturday of each month, from 12-3pm, October through April and the second Tuesday of each month from 6-9pm, May to October.)

Application for Pioneer, County, or Century Certificates
The Carver County Historical Society issues certificates to persons who are directly descended from Carver County Pioneers. Applicants must prove direct descent and prove that the ancestor settled in Carver County.

  • Pioneer Certificate-1854 of Before
  • County Certificate-1855 through 1865
  • Century Certificate-100 years or more prior to the date of application

    The certificate, pictured above, is suitable for framing and display. Applicants may apply for certificates to be issued to themselves or to other persons. The person to whom the certificate is issued need not currently live in Carver County. The purpose of this program is to recognize families with Carver County roots, encourage people to undertake genealogical research, and to provide resources for researchers in our library.

    Please contact the Carver County Historical Society for requirements, instructions, an application form, and payment information or download them here.
    Instructions for Application
    CCHS Application for Certificate
    Pedigree Chart

    555 W 1st Street
    Waconia, MN 55387
    (952) 442-4234