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Resources to Explore Plymouth's History

 
 

Plymouth Historical Society Museum 

3605 Fernbrook Lane
Plymouth, MN 

Local Plymouth historical artifacts, pictures and a few family histories

 

Western Hennepin County Pioneer Museum

1953 W. Wayzata Blvd
Long Lake, MN 55436
952-473-6557

http://www.whcpa-museum.org/index.html

Western Hennepin County historical artifacts, pictures and family histories.

 

Minneapolis Public Library Special Collections

Hennepin County Library System 300 Nicollet Mall            
Minneapolis, MN 55401                                                                                                                                            
612-630-6350

http://www.hclib.org/pub/search/specialcollections/

Pictures, newspapers, letters, maps, etc. indexes searchable but most items require you to go to the Special Collections area by appointment.  Request the items or collections you would like to review and they will retrieve from the archives.

 

Minnesota Historical Society

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.                                             
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 
651-259-3000

http://www.mnhs.org/collections/

Large searchable state wide collection of photos, newspapers, maps, family history, etc.  Many available on line and others require you to visit the History Center Library to actually view the items.  It is a good idea to call ahead to request the items or collections you would like to review and they will retrieve from the archives other wise you have to wait.

 

Hennepin History Museum 

2303 Third Avenue South         
 Minneapolis, MN 55404 
 612-870-1329

http://hennepinhistory.org/default.aspx

Hennepin County historical artifacts, pictures and family histories.  Generally must visit to review collections.  Good list of links to other historical societies and databases.

 

Minnesota Digital Library

http://www.mndigital.org/

Digital database of more than 135,000 maps, images and documents.

 

Minnesota Reflections

http://reflections.mndigital.org/

Searchable data base of 30000 images

 

Wayzata Historical Society

425 East Lake Street 
Wayzata, MN 55391 
952-473-3631

http://wayzatahistoricalsociety.org/

Local Wayzata historical artifacts, pictures and a few family histories

 

City of Plymouth

3400 Plymouth Blvd.
Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
763-509-5000

http://plymouthmn.gov/

Current property information is searchable and current maps available.

 

Hennepin County Government Center 

Hennepin County Public Records Division
A-500 Government Center
300 6th Street South
Minneapolis, MN  55487
 

http://www.hennepin.us/portal/site/HennepinUS/menuitem.b1ab75471750e40fa01dfb47ccf06498/?vgnextoid=81f06f275d813210VgnVCM10000049114689RCRD

Property records of all property in Hennepin County.  You must go to Government Center and need specific information on Range, Township, Section, etc. on property location to review documents.

 

Church of the Latter Day Saints

Salt Lake City, UT =

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

Free Family History, Family Tree, and Genealogy Records and Resources from Around the World

 

Historical Aerials Maps

http://historicaerials.com/

Historical aerial maps of areas of the USA.  As an example for the Minneapolis and surrounding areas you can put in current address view what was on that location from maps from 1947, 1957, 1979, etc.  If you overlay current streets and roads it will enable you to see changes in highway relocation from early routes.

 

Historical Hennepin County Maps

http://www.hennepin.us/portal/site/HennepinUS/menuitem.b1ab75471750e40fa01dfb47ccf06498/?vgnextoid=eff270ac65374210VgnVCM10000049114689RCRD

Historical maps of Hennepin County

 

University of MinnesotaJohn R. Borchert Map Library

http://map.lib.umn.edu/

Historical maps of Minnesota and other locations

 

University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy

http://conservancy.umn.edu/

May only be indirectly helpful if there was a Plymouth connection to the U of M.  The database is a centralized, searchable access to institutional digital resources that would have traditionally gone to the University Archives.

 

Bureau of Land Management – General Land Office Records

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

Provides access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. The site makes available image access to more than three million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908.

 

Hennepin County – Property Information Records

http://www.hennepin.us/portal/site/HennepinUS/menuitem.b1ab75471750e40fa01dfb47ccf06498/?vgnextoid=81f06f275d813210VgnVCM10000049114689RCRD

Provides access to current Hennepin County Property Information. 

 

There are many other resources that may provide valuable information and the best way is to search the internet or follow a suggested link at some of the above websites