Research Requests

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The Wright County Historical Society's Library and Archive

NOTE:  We are now an Affiliate Library of the Geneaological Society of Utah's Research and Library System!

Patrons can refer to the Family History Library Catalog at www.familysearch.org to determine what microfilms can be distributed to our library from the Salt Lake Distribution Center.  The cost to a patron for a 90-day in-library microfilm loan is $7.50 (longer loan time is available for an additional fee); there is no cost to use the WCHS research library facility or microfilm readers.  Copier costs are $0.25/page (member) or $0.50/page (non-member) if copies are requested.

 

Our library holds extensive information, including:

  • Wright County history books
  • Wright County Marriage Index (prior to 1900)
  • Wright County Real & Property tax records (1930-1976)
  • Wright County Plat maps (1879-present)
  • Wright County Cemetery Index
  • family histories completed and donated to WCHS
  • Czech Immigration passenger lists (1834-1899) Baltimore (1846-1914) Galveston (1847-1896) New York (1852-1899) New Orleans
  • Famine Immigrants series of ship passenger lists of Irish to America (1846-1851)
  • German to America series of ship passenger lists (1840-1897)
  • Maps of Germany and Prussia in the 19th century
  • Town and Parish histories

Microfilm Holdings include:

  • Wright County newspapers
  • Wright County death record cards (1900-1907)
  • Wright County death certificates (1908-1966)
  • Wright County state and federal census records (1860-1930)
  • Wright County area Roman Catholic church records
  • some Lutheran church records
  • Wright County probate records (1891-1926)
  • WWI Selective Service Draft Cards for Wright County

 

As a benefit of WCHS Membership (only $15/individual or family annually) our library we offer online services including:

  • ArkivDigital.net (ArkivDigital is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other Historical Records online! All images are newly photographed images of the original document.)  ArkivDigital is available to our membership thanks to a generous donation by Leann and John Norman.
  • Ancestry.com (the largest family history site online with over 4 billion names in worldwide historical records, family tree services and genealogy information). 

Research Requests

All visitors are admitted free into the Society's museum and library.  The staff will assist reference library patrons at no charge, however research must be completed on your own. 

The Wright County Historical Society charges for all library and archival research performed by the museum's staff. The minimum fee for a single research request is for one hour at the rate of $15/hour.  There is an additional charge of $0.25/page (member) or $0.50/page (non-member) for copies made.  Payment must be received before a patron's research is mailed to them.

A written summary of work done by the staff will be submitted with the invoice.  The fee is charged for staff time involved in completing the research whether or not an answer is found to the research question.

Researchers requesting searches for Wright County naturalization records, MN state censuses, death records and Wright County area local obituaries have the option of completing your own research by borrowing the appropriate microfilm(s) on Inter-library loan through the Minnesota Historical Society.  Their address is: 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St. Paul MN  55102-1906.  Their website is: www.mnhs.org/library/about/loan.html or www.mnhs.org/library/about/index.html.



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Research Request Form

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL RESEARCH REQUESTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PAYMENT--NO RESEARCH WILL BEGIN UNTIL AFTER PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED.

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Brinnitz information (courtesy of Stephen Barthel)