Genealogy and local research materials
at the Carver County Historical Society Library

State and federal census records for Carver County on microfilm
1850, 1857, 1860, 1865, 1870, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1895, 1900, 1910, 1920
[There is no 1890 census. There is an index to the 1860 and 1870 censuses.]
Carver County naturalization records on microfilm
Plat maps on microfilm
1916 plat book of the State of Minnesota
Collection of Minnesota County Atlases Anoka-Cottonwood
Carver 1898 and 1925
Plat maps
1880, 1898, 1916, 1927; 1940s- current
Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of Chaska and Carver
1885-1925 on microfilm
Local history books
[including the Carver County chapter from Edward Neillís 1882 History of the Minnesota Valley]
Carver County newspapers on microfilm
Carver County Democrat 1859 (part)
Carver Free Press 1884-1897
Valley Transcript 1862 (part)
Chanhassen Sailor 1988-1990
Chanhassen Villager 1988-present
Chaska Herald 1862-1880; 1882-present
East Union News 1891-1899
Norwood Times 1890-present
Waconia Carver County News 1887-1897
Waconia Patriot 1903-present
Watertown Carver County News 1897-1903; 1941-present
Young America Eagle 1904-1943; 1945-1947
Other newspapers covering Carver County on microfilm
Lester Prairie Journal 1897-1991
Lester Prairie News 1901-1980
Newspaper index
Articles index according to individuals, organizations, businesses, government bodies and subjects. The Young America Eagle is fully indexed and Waconia Patriot is indexed to 1994. The Chaska Herald is indexed to 1940.
County birth index*
1870 - 1936
County marriage index*
1856 - 1985
County death index*
1870 - 1991

*County Recorderís Office has original birth, marriage, death and land records

Photograph Collection
Over 10,000 photographs indexed alphabetically by surname, and by subject.
Various family histories
Compiled and donated to the Historical Society by family members.
Personal Papers
Items of interest are letters, clippings, journals, and scrapbooks.
Oral Histories
Carver County Veterans of World War II.
Cemetery Records
Including most of the cemeteries for the townships of Carver County.
Church Records
Centennial books, histories; Catholic Church records on microfilm.