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Brian Schulz, director of the Yellow Medicine County Historical Society, will be entering 40 years of birth records from the county's settlement era into a digital format so that it will available online for genealogists and researchers in academia. (Submitted photo)

Grant to help Yellow Medicine County, Minn.'s settlement-era records be placed online

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

GRANITE FALLS -- There were roughly 14,800 births recorded in Yellow Medicine County during its settlement era from 1870 to 1910.

We know this because Brian Schulz, director of the Yellow Medicine County Historical Society, will be entering all of the birth record information into a digital format with help from two proof readers.

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The Minnesota Historical Society recently awarded a $16,500 grant to make it possible. It's the first time the historical society has been awarded this type of grant, according to Schulz.

Once completed, all of the information will be available online and readily accessed from computers anywhere.

The birth data include information on the child's gender, the parents' names and countries of origin, the township of birth and name of presiding doctor or midwife.

While the main interest will likely be from genealogists, Schulz said the information is also very valuable to historians and others in academia.

It will aid all types of research, from tracing settlement in the area to following the migrations of families and ethnic groups.

Schulz is hoping to complete the project by November.

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