Kittson County Historical Society

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Your web page at work!

Katharina Hoffman from Norway recently Googled Teien township, which is in Kittson County. She learned about this web page and she became a member. Go to her membership page to read the details.  She then asked us for help in finding out information on her great grandfather Clarens Einar Pederson.

We in turn phoned Marcy Johnson as she has a great deal of experience with county church records. Marcy agreed to check her records and said she would email us back with the…


Added by Glenn Browne on August 11, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments


In July of each year our web page, has to ask for donations in order to pay our fee to Ning supplies us with the platform and software that runs our web page.  If you were one of the generous members who sent us money, thank you very much.  This web page was created and is managed by volunteers.  Not one cent goes for hidden expences, salarys, or the so called overhead…


Added by Glenn Browne on August 6, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Daniel Hayden - 1828 - 1904

Attention of new member Scott Hayden.

I have located a Daniel Hayden in our records, but before I continue my research I wish to make sure we have the right person.

Daniel was born in England May 1828 and died 23 Mar 1904 in Hazelton township, Kittson County, Mn.  His wife was Marie, also born in England about 1827.  The records show they had seven (7) children.

Once you confirm that this is your GGG grandfather I will supply further information. If we have the right…


Added by Glenn Browne on August 3, 2012 at 11:52am — No Comments

Keeping the Kittson Historian going----

Hello to all,   I am so glad that Glenn reminded us of the upcoming dues needed to keep the Kittson Historian going.  It would be very sad to lose this site after so much work has been  done to get it built up.   The people somewhere in the world that operate the website that we subscribe to,  really don't care if our site continues to operate or not.  It is like Google, if they lose a few customers, someone else will replace them.  They are a big business and charging a fee to sell us a…


Added by Louise Coffield on July 10, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Recent email sent to all members of this web page.

You are receiving this email because you are a member of the Kittson County Historian web page.  Since last year we have increased our membership by over 30% and we now have a total of 123 members.  By the end of this month we will be three and a half years old.

Our annual subscription to will soon be due and we must raise a total of $239.00, In order to keep the Kittson Historian web page on line.  As more people join and more groups are created, the word is spreading about…


Added by Glenn Browne on July 8, 2012 at 9:37am — 3 Comments

Saskatchewan Probate Records

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society and the LDS in joint project indexed the Saskatchewan Probate records through a process called waypointing.  I have done some of the "waypointing" and have been working mainly as an arbitrator for the last few weeks.  A lot of these files contain information on people who originated or left  heirs in the United States.  A large portion of this collection has already been published on  It can be found on their website under  Collections,…


Added by Sharon Cleveland on May 27, 2012 at 10:55pm — No Comments

How to get the best out of your membership in the Kittson Historian web site.

Do you find that weeks and months can go by before you remember to check for updates on this web site?

If there is a subject or topic that you are interested in, add yourself as a member to any or all of the Groups created on this site. If you are a member of a group you will automatically be emailed anytime something new has been posted. If you created a Group, anything you post to it will be brought to the attention of people who join your group.

Just the…


Added by Glenn Browne on December 30, 2011 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Thomas Murray of Northcote.

Marie Grant is the most recent member to join the Kittson Historian.  This blog is directed to her personally but it may be of interest to others.  I have located her grandfather, Thomas Murray at the age of two, on the 1885 Census, along with many family members.It would appear that his father was Donald Murray, age 58, born in Scotland. Donald's wife was Isabella, age 51, born in Canada.

The following appears to be  the names and ages of the children, all born in Canada. Only Thomas…


Added by Glenn Browne on December 28, 2011 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Little Minnesota

My book, Little Minnesota:  100 Towns around 100, will be released November 16 by Adventure Publications.  Halma, Humboldt, St. Vincent, Strandquist, Viking, Goodridge, Holt and Strathcona, all incorporated and around 100 people, are included in the book.  So proud to be from small town Minnesota!

Added by JIll Andrea Musburger Johnson on October 29, 2011 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

Humboldt Mystery?

Minnesota Historical Society has this listed as Humboldt, Minnesota in 1907.  Natives of Humboldt tell me they've never seen a photo from Humboldt's past with this layout of the town.  I am asking members to let… Continue

Added by Trish Short Lewis on October 6, 2011 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment

Early pioneers - 1979 Tax list

At the September Genealogy Association meeting the topic of early Kittson pioneers came up. Old Census records can provide lists but we were looking for something prior to a census. Cindy Adams, the director of the museum, managed to find an old tax book that contained three tax lists.  The first was for Kittson County in the year 1879 and contained some thirty names. It also contained two 1880 lists, one headed Hallock and the second called St. Vincent.

So far, these are the oldest…


Added by Glenn Browne on September 24, 2011 at 10:02am — 6 Comments

Old Wagon Wheels


 Exploring old farms in Northwestern Minnesota in order to photo the old buildings and equipment is a pleasant way to spend a day. Recently I discovered this old set of wagon wheels in some woods that overlook the Red River of the North.The farm is over a hundred years old and is surrounded by a large dike that has protected it from flooding many times in the past.…


Added by Glenn Browne on September 14, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments


For some years now I have been taking photos of the old farms and homes in Kittson County. I have watched the weather and gravity take their toll. Many of these farm sites were very active for a hundred years and more. They sheltered two or three generations of the same family. In the last thirty years the pace of farm abandonment has picked up.  The children move away to begin their own lives and to find work that is no longer available in the county. The parents grow old and have no one to…


Added by Glenn Browne on August 29, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

Fund raiser 2011

By now each member will have received an email requesting donations to pay for the annual costs of our service.  I know a few donations have already been received at the museum but we need each and every member to contribute at least five dollars if we are to continue with the Kittson Historian web page.

In two and a half years we have grown to a total of 95 members. That works out to an average of 3.16 new members a month. I believe we can do much better.

If we fail…


Added by Glenn Browne on August 28, 2011 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Building a family tree &

If you have been working on a Family Tree and reach a dead end or what is known as a brick wall, it can be frustrating. If you buy a membership on they allow you to post your entire Family Tree on line. All of your information is added to their data base and included in any and all searches made by other members. My paternal grandmother came from Northern Ireland and searching the records has been very difficult. I discovered on a few scraps of new information. A…


Added by Glenn Browne on October 28, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Kittson County Historical Center and Museum News On Wednesday, October 13th, the Kittson Historian members met for their monthly meeting at the Museum in Lake Bronson. Those attending were Glenn Brow…

Kittson County Historical Center and Museum News

On Wednesday, October 13th, the Kittson Historian members met for their monthly meeting at the Museum in Lake Bronson. Those attending were Glenn Browne, Kathy Pederson, Marci Johnson, Allen and Joan Olson, Lori Bothum, Cindy Adams, Mrs. Leroy (Carol) Stumpf, Lyndon Johnson and Louise Coffield. Marie Lindstrom also…


Added by Louise Coffield on October 17, 2010 at 11:11pm — No Comments

35th Annual Family History Workshop

Hi to all--this is just a note to let you know about a great sounding day of workshops at Moorhead/Minnesota State University onOctober 2, 2010. There are 24 different genealogy workshops throughout the day with 4 different time schedules so each person can attend 4 workshops between 8Am and 4:30 Pm. Many classes are taught by well known genealogists like Stephen Morse, Rick Crume, etc. Cost is $40.00 with lunch included with pre-registrations by September 25th. Call 218-477-5862 for info. I'm… Continue

Added by Louise Coffield on September 21, 2010 at 1:07am — No Comments

Satire Done Badly

Last week, I posted the response below to a badly written article about Kittson County...

Added by Trish Short Lewis on August 31, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

August meeting

Yesterday's monthly meeting was very informational. Igot to meet a new member, Cindy Wetterlund, from East Grand Forks--a delightful lady. I even found out we share some of the same relatives, which is what genealogy is all about. You never know who will turn out to be a relative.

I also looked through the Hallock Centennial History Book, which I had not done before, and found pictures of the Pacific Hotel in Hallock. Very interesting.

Added by Louise Coffield on August 13, 2010 at 12:22am — No Comments

NING PLUS - upgrade completed July 20th, 2010!

NING PLUS upgrade completed July 20th, 2010!

This afternoon commenced selling upgrades and Kittson County Historical Society now has NING PLUS for our Kittson web page. The original annual price was set at $199.95. Because we purchased it today as it first came available we were given a further discount and an extra months…


Added by Glenn Browne on July 20, 2010 at 7:38pm — No Comments

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