As a county historical society, we collect, organize and preserve collections, manuscripts and genealogy resources. Many of our holdings consist of collections donated by area individuals, families and businesses. These collections help document the history of Nobles County Minnesota. We also maintain a research library. These holdings consist of self-published family genealogies and biographies, documents donated by other genealogists, bound manuscripts and volumes, church records, early marriage records, county records and much more. We also support distance queries sent by email or U.S. Mail for research on family or other topics.
Our income is solely based on membership dues and general donations. As distance research queries have become more complicated and require more time by our volunteers and staff, we are following the lead of other historical societies and charging a nominal fee for this service. These fees also will help fund our facilities’ utility costs as well as the purchase of relevant genealogies, biographies and published family histories.
The Nobles County Historical Society, (NCHS) can accommodate both on-site research and requests via telephone, mail, and e-mail. This is a fee-based service at $15 per hour with a minimum of one hour charged. Copies and scans of materials are an additional 25¢ per page. Responses sent by mail will have applicable US Postal Service fees applied. We can on do basic database (see below) check here at the History Center at to charge for a single surname. We do not respond to requests to provide “everything you got” on a surname. We will do research in our library and archive resources. Please note we do not conduct off-site research such as trips to the County Court House or cemeteries. Volunteers have put all of the Nobles County cemeteries on the website Find-a-Grave and respond to photograph request via that site.
Research fees are nonrefundable and apply whether or not any relevant information is found. Results will be emailed or mailed. We may offer suggestions how you may continue researching, provide alternate resources and/or suggest hiring a professional genealogist. Please allow two weeks for requests to be completed. If we cannot fulfill your request, we will try to direct you to the appropriate source, free of charge.
The NCHS is open for on-site research, Monday thru Friday, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Society members can use the archives library, free of charge, while non-members will be assessed a nominal usage fee of $5/day.
The NCHS maintains four databases that can help with family history. Email a request for a free check of the Master Database.
1. The “Master Database” is an index containing the surname, first name, page and resource. This master index contains resources like all the centennial and other history books from the communities in Nobles County. Service records from World War One and Two. Collection of over 200 scrapbooks. Early birth and death index, 1860 & 1870 census, all the cemeteries in the county, correspondence and members ancestor charts of the NCGS society, obituary clipping file and many other resources held at the historical society.
2. Historical Clippings Database: Index of file draws containing newspaper clipping from the area.
3. Artifact Database which includes the Society's photograph collection.
4. History Columns from the Daily Globe newspaper, (Ray Crippen, Ruth Hein and others)