Blue Earth County, Minnesota

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Revision as of 20:37, 1 May 2014

United States Gotoarrow.png Minnesota Gotoarrow.png Blue Earth County

Guide to Blue Earth County Minnesota genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records


Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Blue Earth County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 5, 1853
County Seat Mankato
Courthouse
Address Blue Earth County Courthouse
410 South 5th Street
Mankato, MN 56001
507-304-4000
507.389.8343
Blue Earth County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

 Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870, 
marriage records from 1865, divorce and court records from 1854 
and probate records from 1858. 
Register of Deeds has land records. [1] 

History

Parent County

  • 1853--Blue Earth County was created 5 March 1853 from unorganized territory and Dakota County.

County seat: Mankato [2]

  • For a brief history of how Blue Earth County was named, click here.  Then select Blue Earth County.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Minnesota County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Minnesota County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Cities

Amboy | Eagle Lake | Good Thunder | Lake Crystal | Madison Lake | Mankato | Mapleton | Minnesota Lake | North Mankato | Pemberton | Skyline | St. Clair | Vernon Center

Townships

Beauford Township | Butternut Valley Township | Cambria Township | Ceresco Township | Danville Township | Decoria Township | Garden City Township | Jamestown Township | Judson Township | Le Ray Township |Lime Township | Lincoln Township | Lyra Township | Mankato Township | Mapleton Township | McPherson Township | Medo Township | Pleasant Mound Township | Rapidan Township | Shelby Township | South Bend Township | Sterling Township | Vernon Center Township

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Minnesota Church Records.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Mankato

Court

Land

The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:

MINNESOTA, Blue Earth – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Blue Earth County, Minnesota. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Minnesota Local Histories.

Maps

Mnblueearth.jpg

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Blue Earth County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Blue Earth County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Companies B, E, and H.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies E and H.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies D and E.
- Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company B.

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Blue Earth County, Minnesota newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information.


Taxation

Minnesota tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota State Registrar of Vital Records, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred], order electronically online or download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

See also Minnesota Vital Records or How to order Minnesota Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


Societies and Libraries

See also a List of Minnesota Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Blue Earth County, Minnesota page 362, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).