Olmsted County Genealogical Society

Collaboration is key and the Olmsted County History Center is no exception. We collaborate with the Olmsted County Genealogical Society in order to broaden the resources, education, and meaningful programs available to members of both organizations. Read on to learn more about Olmsted County Genealogical Society (OCGS).


Becoming a member of the OCGS is easy. Simply mail a payment of $20.00 to:

Olmsted County Genealogical Society
PO BOX 6411
Rochester, MN 55903

Pay just once a year in September, and don’t forget to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you’d like to receive an official membership card.


The OCGS and the History Center of Olmsted County meet on the second Thursday of each month EXCLUDING June, July, August, and December. Members and guests are welcome to join us at the History Center to visit, discuss ideas, and use the Research Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.


The OCGS Newsletter is published four times per year. Members receive all four issues and unlimited queries for free. Nonmembers will be charged $2.00.

All queries are limited to 50 words in length.


OCGS Board Meetings occur on the second Thursday of every third month. That is January, April, July, and October. The meetings are held at 3:30 p.m. at the Olmsted County History Center. Member input is always welcome.

Literature For Sale

The OCGS has genealogical literature for sale; these include the following:

Indexed Cemetery Inscriptions of Olmsted County, MN, $12.50 per volume.

  • Volume 1: Viola, Quincy, Eyota, and Dover Townships
  • Volume 2: New Haven, Oronocco, Farmington, Cascade and Haverhill Townships
  • Volume 3: Kalmar, Salem, Rochester, Rock Dell and High Forest Townships
  • Volume 4: Marion, Pleasant Grove, Orion and Elmira Townships
  • Volume 5: Oakwood Cemetery - out of print
  • Volume 6: Calvary (as St. Johns prior to 1940)

Combined Histories of Chatfield, Chosen Valley, Oronoco, Pleasant Grove, and Viola in Olmsted County, MN, indexed $19.00.

Olmsted County Plat Maps, 1914, indexed $10.00

Custer Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, Membership Roster, Rochester MN, $3.50



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