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  • Ramsey County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 27, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Indian Lands of Minnisota Territory [an original county].
    Established:  27-Oct-1849
    County Seat:  St. Paul, Minnesota

    County history - Ramsey County is named in honor of Alexander Ramsey, the first governor of the Minnesota Territory, the second mayor of St. Paul, and the second governor of the state of Minnesota. He later served as a U.S. senator and secretary of war. Est. Oct. 27, 1849.

    Ramsey Courthouse

    Capitol history - Work began in on the capitol in 1896, and construction was completed in 1905. It is the third building to serve this purpose: the first capitol was destroyed by fire in 1881, and the second was completed in 1883, but was considered to be too small almost immediately.

    Minnesota State Capitol

    GHLL Ramsey County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ramsey County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Maplewood Area Historical Society / Maplewood, MN)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ramsey County Historical Society / Saint Paul, MN)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (White Bear Lake Area Historical Society / White Bear Lake, MN)
    8. US/MNGenWeb site - Ramsey County Archives
    9. US/MNGenWeb - Ramsey County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Public Health Center, Birth & Death Records, 555 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings): 
             Anoka County (north), Washington County (east), Dakota County (south),
             Hennepin County (west).

                      enlarge
    Census Information:
        1930 Census (T) - Federal Census, Ramsey County, ED62-31 (Text: 4 pages).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Red Lake County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 31, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Polk County, 1858.
    Established:  24-Dec-1858
    County Seat:  Red Lake Falls, Minnesota

    County history - Red Lake County is named after the Red Lake River.

    Red Lake Courthouse
    1. Red Lake County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Red Lake County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Red Lake County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Red Lake County Historical Society
          c/o Anne Healy
          135 Bottineau Ave. N.E.
          Red Lake Falls, MN 56700

    4. Red Lake County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Red Lake County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Red Lake County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Red Lake County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Red Lake County Vital Records - Red Lake County Recorder, 124 North Main Street, P.O. Box 3, Red Lake Falls, MN 56700.

    9. History of Red Lake County - The Formation of Red Lake County


  • Redwood County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  May 11, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Ojibwe and Dakota Oyate (nation) lands.
    Established:  06-Feb-1862
    County Seat:  Redwood Falls, Minnesota

    County history - Redwood County is named for the Redwood River and the juniper (known locally as redcedar) and willow trees in the area.

    Redwood Courthouse
    1. Redwood County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Redwood County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Redwood County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Redwood County Historical Society
          33965 Laser Avenue
          Redwood Falls, MN 56283

    4. Redwood County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Redwood County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Redwood County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Redwood County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Redwood County Vital Records - Redwood County Recorder, P.O. Box 130, Redwood Falls, MN 56283.


  • Renville County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  May 3, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Nicollet, Pierce and Sibley Counties.
    Established:  20-Feb-1855
    County Seat:  Olivia, Minnesota

    County history - Renville County is named in honor of Joseph Renville, an interpreter for early explorations of the Louisiana Purchase.

    Renville Courthouse
    1. Renville County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Renville County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Renville County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Renville County Historical Society & Museum / Morton, MN)
    4. Renville County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Renville County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Renville County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Renville County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Renville County Vital Records - Renville County Recorder, 500 East DePue, Olivia, MN 56277.


  • Rock County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  May 10, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of ............................................................. on xx-xxx-xxxx.
    Established:  23-May-1857
    County Seat:  Luverne, Minnesota

    County history - Rock County is named for a large rock outcrop on the Rock River.

    Rock Courthouse
    1. Rock County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Rock County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Rock County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Rock County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 741
          123 N. Freeman Ave
          Luverne, MN 56156

    4. Rock County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Rock County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Rock County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Rock County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Rock County Vital Records - Rock County Auditor/Treasurer, 204 East Brown, Box 509, Luverne, MN 56156.


  • Roseau County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 15, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Chippewa, Sioux, & Mandan tribal lands [Kittson County in 1888 & later, Beltrami County in 1896].
    Established:  31-Dec-1894
    County Seat:  Roseau, Minnesota

    County history - Roseau County's came came from French traders who termed the river through the area, a river of "rushes and reeds".

    Roseau Courthouse
    1. Roseau County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Roseau County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Roseau County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Roseau County Historical Society & Museum / Roseau, MN)
    4. Roseau County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Roseau County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Roseau County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Roseau County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Roseau County Vital Records - Roseau County Clerk, 606 Fifth Ave SW, Room 20, Roseau, MN 56751.


  • Scott County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Dakota County.
    Established:  05-Mar-1853
    County Seat:  Shakopee, Minnesota

    County history - Scott County is named in honor of Winfield Scott (1786 1886), United States Army general who served from (1808 1861).

    Scott Courthouse
    GHLL Scott County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Scott County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Scott County Historical Society & Museum / Shakopee, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Scott County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Scott County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Scott County Land Records, Government Center 300, 200 Fourth Avenue West, Shakopee, MN 55379.



  • Sherburne County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Benton County.
    Established:  25-Feb-1856
    County Seat:  Elk River, Minnesota

    County history - Sherburne County is named in honor of Moses Sherburne (1813 1873), Associate Justice of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court (1853-1857).

    Sherburne
    Government Center
    1. Sherburne County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Sherburne County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Sherburne County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Sherburne County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Sherburne County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Sherburne County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sherburne County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sherburne County Vital Records - Sherburne County Recorder, Government Center, 13880 Highway 10, P.O. Box 320, Elk River, MN 55330.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sherburne History Center / Becker, MN)


  • Sibley County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Dakota County.
    Established:  05-Mar-1853
    County Seat:  Gaylord, Minnesota

    County history - Sibley County is named in honor of Henry Hastings Sibley (1811-1891), the first Governor of Minnesota (1858-1860).

    Sibley Courthouse
    GHLL Sibley County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Sibley County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sibley County Historical Society / Henderson, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Sibley County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Sibley County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Sibley County Recorder, County Courthouse, 400 Court Avenue, Box 44, Gaylord, MN 55334.



  • Stearns County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  May 3, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Dakotah [now Dakota] and Wahnahta [ became portions of Pembina, Cass and Dakota Counties ] Counties. Named Stevens County until 1855..
    Established:  20-Feb-1855
    County Seat:  St. Cloud, Minnesota

    County history - Stearns County is named in honor of Charles Thomas Stearns, a local politician.

    Stearns Courthouse
    1. Stearns County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Stearns County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Stearns County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Stearns History Museum / St. Cloud, MN)
    4. Stearns County - USGenWeb/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Stearns County - USGenWeb/MMGenWeb site:  Genealogy and Local History
    6. Stearns County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Stearns County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Stearns County Vital Records - County License Center, 705 Courthouse Square, Room 125, St. Cloud, MN 56303.

    9. Adventures in History - Stearns County History Museum

      Census Information:
    10. 1870 Census - Albany, Avon, Fair Haven, Getty, Grove, Lake Henry, Le Sauk, Maine Prairie[1], Maine Prairie[2],
                Munson[1], Munson[2], North Fork, Oak and Raymond
    11. 1880 Census (T) - ED 122
    12. 1900 Census (T) - ED 162


  • Steele County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 22, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Rice, Blue Earth and Le Sueur Counties.
    Established:  20-Feb-1855
    County Seat:  Owatonna, Minnesota

    County history - Steele County is named in honor of Franklin Steele (1813-1880), early settler of Minneapolis and developer of Saint Anthony Falls.

    Steele Courthouse
    GHLL Steele County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Steele County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Steele County Historical Society / Owatonna, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Steele County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Steele County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Steele County Recorder, Vital Statistics, 630 Florence Ave, P.O. Box 890, Owatonna, MN 55060.



  • Stevens County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Pierce County and unorganized territorial lands.
    Established:  20-Feb-1862
    County Seat:  Morris, Minnesota

    County history - Stevens County is named in honor of Isaac Ingalls Stevens (March 25, 1818 - September 1, 1862), the first governor of Washington Territory, a United States Congressman, and a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War until his death at the Battle of Chantilly.

    Stevens Courthouse
    GHLL Stevens County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Stevens County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Stevens County Historical Society & Museum / Morris, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Stevens County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Stevens County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Stevens County Recorder, County Courthouse, P.O. Box 530, Morris, MN 56267.



  • St. Louis County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 10, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Itasca County.
    Established:  20-Feb-1855
    County Seat:  Duluth, Minnesota

    County history - St. Louis County name is derived from the St. Louis River, a river in the U.S. states of Minnesota and Wisconsin that flows into Lake Superior. The largest U.S. river to flow into the lake, it is 179 miles (288 kilometers) in length and starts near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. The river's watershed is 3634 square miles (9412 km"d) in area. Near the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin, the river becomes a freshwater estuary.
             According to authorities, the Ojibwe Native American name of the river, being Gichigami-ziibi, meaning Great-lake River.


    St. Louis Courthouse
    GHLL St. Louis County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - St. Louis County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (St. Louis County Historical Society / township, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - St. Louis County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - St. Louis County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Recorder's Office, St. Louis County Courthouse, P.O. Box 157, 100 N. 5th Avenue West, Duluth, MN 55801.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Rainy River District, Ontario (north), Lake County (east), Douglas County,
                Wisconsin
    (southeast), Carlton County (south), Aitkin County (southwest), Itasca
                County
    (west), Koochiching County (northwest).

        Doty County - Doty county existed in theory for only a few months. Doty County was
             created in 1855 from part of Itasca County. A few months later its name was
             changed to Newton County. This entity was abolished in 1856. The land that was
             once Doty County is now part of Saint Louis County.
             Note: Doty County is an Extinct MN County: see St. Louis & Lake Counties.

                      enlarge
    Census Information:
        1855 Census (T) - Federal Census, Doty County, Minnesota Territory, now St. Louis County (Text: number).
             Note: Doty County is an Extinct MN County: see Adjacent counties (GHLL listings).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Swift County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 22, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Chippewa County.
    Established:  18-Feb-1870
    County Seat:  Benson, Minnesota

    County history - Swift County is named in honor of Henry Adoniram Swift (March 23, 1823 - February 25, 1869), an American politician who was the third Governor of Minnesota. He served as Governor from July 10, 1863 to January 11, 1864 after serving as the third Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota when Governor Alexander Ramsey resigned to enter the United States Congress. Prior to that he had served in the Minnesota Senate. Swift was a Republican.

    Swift Courthouse
    GHLL Swift County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Swift County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Swift County Historical Society & Museum / Benson, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Swift County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Swift County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Swift County Treasurer, Courthouse, 301 14th Street North, P.O. Box 50, Benson, MN 56215.



  • Todd County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 23, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cass County, 1855.
    Established:  20-Feb-1856
    County Seat:  Long Prairie, Minnesota

    County history - Todd County is named in honor of John Blair Smith Todd, commander of Fort Ripley (1849 - 1856), general in the Civil War, delegate in Congress from Dakota Territory (1861 and 1863-65), also the Governor of Dakota Territory (1869-1871).

    Todd Courthouse
    GHLL Todd County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Todd County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Todd County Historical Society & Museum / Long Prairie, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Todd County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Todd County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Todd County Recorder, 221 First Avenue South, Suite 300, Long Prairie, MN 56347.



  • Traverse County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Pierce County and unorganized territorial lands.
    Established:  20-Feb-1862
    County Seat:  Wheaton, Minnesota

    County history - Traverse County is named for Lake Traverse, a lake located in the county.

    Traverse Courthouse
    GHLL Traverse County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Traverse County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Traverse County Historical Society
          507-12th Street North, Mailing: RR. Box 42
          Wheaton, MN 56296-9717

    5. US/MNGenWeb site - Traverse County Archives
    6. US/MNGenWeb - Traverse County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Traverse County Recorder , 702 2nd Avenue North, Wheaton, MN 56296-1460.



  • Wabasha County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 7, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands [an original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    County Seat:  Wabasha, Minnesota

    County history - Wabasha County is named in honor of M'dewakanton Dakota Indian Chief Wabasha III.

    Wabasha Courthouse
    1. Wabasha County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Wabasha County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Wabasha County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Wabasha County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Wabasha County Historical Society & Museum / Lake City, MN)
    5. Wabasha County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Wabasha County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Wabasha County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Wabasha County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Wabasha County Vital Records - Wabasha County Recorder, 625 Jefferson Avenue, Wabasha, MN 55981.

    10. Wabasha - Civil War Records
    11. Wabasha County - Biographies and Historical Information

      Census Information:
    12. 1900 Census (T) - Federal Census, Wabasha County, ED 139-145 (Text: 7 folders).


  • Wadena County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cass and Todd Counties.
    Established:  11-Jun-1858
    County Seat:  Wadena, Minnesota

    County history - Wadena County is named for the Wadena Trading Post, which in the Ojibway Native American language means, "a little round hill".

    Wadena Courthouse
    GHLL Wadena County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Wadena County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wadena County Historical Society & Museum / Wadena, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Wadena County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Wadena County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Wadena County Recorder, Courthouse, P.O. Box 415, Wadena, MN 56482.



  • Waseca County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Steele County.
    Established:  27-Feb-1857
    County Seat:  Waseca, Minnesota

    County history - Waseca County is derived from a Dakota Native American word meaning, "rich and fertile".

    Waseca Courthouse
    GHLL Waseca County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Waseca County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Waseca County Historical Society / Waseca, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Waseca County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Waseca County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Waseca Court Administrator, 307 North State Street, Waseca, MN 56093.



  • Washington County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  May 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of the Wisconsin Territory 1836-1849 [an original County].
    Established:  27-Oct-1849
    County Seat:  Stillwater, Minnesota

    County history - Washington County is named in honor of George Washington (1732-1799), the first president of the United States (1789-1797).

    Washington Courthouse
    1. Washington County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Washington County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Washington County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Washington Co. Historical Soc. & Museum / Stillwater, MN)
    4. Washington County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Washington County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Washington County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Washington County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Washington County Vital Records - Stillwater License Center, River Heights Plaza, 1520 West Frontage Road, Stillwater, MN 55082.


  • Watonwan County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Brown County.
    Established:  25-Feb-1860
    County Seat:  St. James, Minnesota

    County history - Watonwan County derives its name from the Watonwan River (from the Dakota word, "watanwan," meaning "fish bait," or "where fish bait abounds"), which is a tributary of the Blue Earth River, 113 miles (182 km) long, in southern Minnesota in the United States. Via the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.
             The river was the site of the capture of Bob, Cole and Jim Younger (members of the James-Younger gang) near Madelia in 1876.

    Watonwan Courthouse
    GHLL Watonwan County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Watonwan County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Watonwan County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Watonwan County Historical Society / Madelia, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Watonwan County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Watonwan County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Watonwan County Recorder, 710 2nd Avenue South, P.O. Box 518, St. James, MN 56081.



  • Wilkin County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  May 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cass, Toombs and Johnson Counties, 06-Mar-1858.
    Established:  06-Mar-1868
    County Seat:  Breckenridge, Minnesota

    County history - Wilkin County is named in honor of Alexander Wilkin (1820-1864), for the third time, after Colonel Alexander Wilkin, a lawyer who served as Minnesota s U.S. marshal and was later killed in the Civil War. Earlier, it was named for a U.S. senator from Georgia who later became the Confederacy s secretary of state; then, for Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham Lincoln to the presidency. Neither of them were acceptable to county residents, so they petitioned the Legislature to change the name to Wilkin. Est. March 6, 1868.


    Wilkin Courthouse
    1. Wilkin County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Wilkin County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Wilkin County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Wilkin County Historical Society
          704 Nebraska Avenue
          Breckenridge, MN 56520

    4. Wilkin County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Wilkin County - US/MNGenWeb site (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. Wilkin County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Wilkin County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Wilkin County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Wilkin County Vital Records - Wilkin County Treasurer, 300 South Fifth Street, P.O. Box 368, Breckenridge, MN 56520.


  • Winona County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Fillmore and Wabasha Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1854
    County Seat:  Winona, Minnesota

    County history - Winona County is named in honor of Wee-No-Nah, sister or cousin of Chief Wabasha III. There is also a legend that the name of the county is said to derive from a Dakota legend regarding a woman, referred to Winona, who was betrothed to marry a warrior whom she did not love. Rather than marry him, she is said to have leapt to her death from a rock now called "Maiden's Rock" on Lake Pepin. This legend is colloquially referred to as The Princess Winona legend.

    Winona Courthouse
    1. Winona County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Winona County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Winona County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Winona County Historical Society / Winona, MN)
    4. Winona County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Winona County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Winona County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Winona County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Winona County Vital Records - Winona County Clerk, Vital Statistics, 74 West Third Street, Winona, MN 55987.

      Census Information:
    9. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Winona County (Town of Dresbach: 1 page).


  • Wright County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cass and Sibley Counties.
    Established:  20-Feb-1855
    County Seat:  Buffalo, Minnesota

    County history - Wright County is named in honor of Silas Wright, Jr. (May 24, 1795 - August 27, 1847), an American Democratic politician. Wright was born in Amherst, Massachusetts and moved with his father to Weybridge, Vermont in 1796. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1815 and moved to Sandy Hill, New York, the next year, where he studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1819.

    Wright Courthouse
    GHLL Wright County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Wright County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wright County Historical Society / Buffalo, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Wright County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Wright County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Wright County Auditor/Treasurer, 10 NW Second Street, Room 160, Buffalo, MN 55313-1165.



  • Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 24, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Redwood County.
    Established:  06-Mar-1871
    County Seat:  Granite Falls, Minnesota

    County history - Yellow Medicine County is named for the Yellow Medicine River, a river that flows through Minnesota.

    Yellow Medicine
    Courthouse
    1. Yellow Medicine County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Yellow Medicine County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Yellow Medicine County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Yellow Medicine County Historical Society and Museum
          98 Highway 67 East
          Granite Falls, MN 56241

    4. Yellow Medicine County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Yellow Medicine County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Yellow Medicine County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Yellow Medicine County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Yellow Medicine County Vital Records - Yellow Medicine County Clerk, address, address, address.

    9. Yellow Medicine County Museum - Home of the Yellow Medicine Historical Society


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