More City of Northfield birth records

Just thought I’d share news about the latest addition to the Northfield History Collaborative – a book of birth records from 1908-1912. Unlike the previous ledger-style book I posted about last time, this book devotes a single page to each new baby. If your ancestors were born in the city of Northfield during this time, check it out! You can search for the name of the baby (if the baby was actually named here, that is), by the names of the parents, and by the names of the attending physicians. If you have any personal stories or...

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City of Northfield Birth + Death Register

New on the Northfield History Collaborative – the City of Northfield’s register of births and deaths from 1883 through 1907! Back in the day, city officials recorded all the vital information about a person who was born or died in the City on one line of a two-page spread in a large bound book. The births are listed first by year, followed by the deaths. The Northfield Historical Society is carefully preserving the original volume that spans the years 1883 through 1907, and we recently digitized and transcribed it so that the...

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1900 Rice County Plat Maps

We recently added a copy of the 1900 Rice County plat map book to the Northfield History Collaborative, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love maps! A plat map shows the divisions of a piece of land in a township, city, and rural areas. It features natural and civic landmarks, like rivers and schools, but it also shows the borders of each piece of land, whether it is a small lot in the village or a large farm in the countryside. And it identifies the name of the owner of the land, as well. This book includes maps of each of the...

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Northfield’s Veterans

Throughout Northfield’s history, its citizens have consistently heeded the call to serve in our nation’s military branches. Many of the town’s early citizens were Civil War veterans, including bank hero Joseph Lee Heywood, and area military service has continued through today. The Northfield History Collaborative preserves documents and images detailing the service of its citizens. In honor of Veterans’ Day today, here is a selection of some of our favorite military and veterans’ documents: Images: John...

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Getting out the vote in 1930s Northfield

Here’s a photo taken in Northfield in the 1930s showing Denny Hamblin and Frank Manz Jr. getting word out on election day in 1930s Northfield. While many things have changed in Northfield (including when polls close), at least some things remain the same! Vote To-Day!

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Fun Finds in the NHC: New Additions to the Collaborative

The Collaborative has been busy transcribing, interpreting, and uploading a number of documents in the last few months. We’re excited to share some of these new additions with you! First National Bank of Northfield collection: Excerpts from the first minutes book of the First National Bank. This selection includes digitized records relating to the failed James-Younger Gang bank raid of 1876. You can see when the bank directors decided to get a burglar proof safe with a time lock, how much was left in the bank after the raid attempt, and...

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