Research resources

We have been compiling family history for over 60 years.
Resources available at the Pope County Historical Society Museum include:

Collected histories of families, businesses and organizations
Newspapers dating back to 1871
Census records from 1870-1930
Tax records from 1867-1970
Church records
Cemetery lists
Photo collection – part of our collection is available on-line
Family Bibles
Published family histories
Aerial photos of the county & plat maps

Please visit us at:
809 South Lakeshore Drive
Glenwood, MN 56334

Or contact us:
(320) 634-3293
Or use the form below to reach us via e-mail.

Research fees:
Mail & e-mail – $20 / hr
Walk-in – $10.00
Students – $1.50
Members – Free

Email us:

8 Responses to Research resources

  1. Pat Barr says:

    Would like census records for John Barr of Villard, Minnesota
    in the late 1800’s and early 1900. We have a cemetery deed for Lake Amelia in the county of Pope dated 1903.
    How do we obtain this information? Thank you.
    Pat Barr of Dubuque, Iowa

    • popecountymuseum says:

      Thanks for the request! Jackie (our head researcher) is working on your request and will correspond with you directly via e-mail once she compiles the information we have.
      If you have any information that you would like to add to the Barr family files, just send it along and we’ll add it to what we have.
      Are you related to Reverend / Dr. William Barr? We have a file on him as well.

      Ann – Collection Manager

  2. Cindy LOWRY Poole says:


    Is there an actual web site where I may read the ancestry for founder of Lowry, MN (Thomas Lowry)? I would like to know the descendants and/or ascendants for Thomas Lowry.

    Thanks so much,

    Cindy LOWRY Poole
    Las Vegas/Henderson, NV

    • popecountymuseum says:

      Hello Cindy,
      Thomas Lowry was not so much the “founder” of Lowry, Minnesota, as lending his name to the townsite. Many townsites along the Soo Rail Line were named after company executives. Mr. Lowry was president of the Minneapolis Street Railway and subsequent companies through mergers including the Soo Line Railway. There is some good information about his career at

  3. Lloyd Magnuson says:

    I am looking for information on my family genealogy. I believe my great grandfather resided and died in brooten, MN. His name is Johan William Magnuson. I am wondering if you have any documentation on him and his children, burial site, et. The trail has gone cold looking on

    Any info would greatly help.

    Lloyd Magnuson

    • Ann says:

      We did not find anything in our records. Most of Brooten is in Stearns County. We have some records – since some Brooten addresses are in Pope County. You might check with the folks in Stearns County too. But we’ll keep an eye out for more information.

  4. Michele Clinton says:


    My mother was adopted by Magda and Olaf Lind, of Hoffman. The only thing her real mother told her before she died was the father was young, dark, and drowned. Is there any way to track a drowning in the area would be in the early 40’s?

    • Ann says:

      We could not find anything. Our researchers looked through newspaper accounts from the 40’s and did not find any information. Did he drown in Pope County or was he possibly from or in another area?

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