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

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Big Stone County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Big Stone County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1862
County Seat Ortonville
Address Big Stone County Courthouse
20 SE 2nd Street
Ortonville, MN 56278-1544;
Phone: 320.839.2308
Big Stone County Website


County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth, marriage and land records from 1881,
divorce and court records from 1885.
Court Judge has probate records. [1]


Parent County

  • 1862--Big Stone County was created 20 February 1862 from Pierce County, Eliminated 20 Feb 1862.  County seat: Ortonville [2]
  • For a brief history of how Big Stone County was named, click here, then select Big Stone County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places


Barry | Beardsley | Clinton | Correll | Graceville | Johnson | Odessa | Ortonville


Akron Township | Almond Township | Artichoke Township | Big Stone Township | Browns Valley Township | Foster Township | Graceville Township | Malta Township | Moonshine Township | Odessa Township | Ortonville Township | Otrey Township | Prior Township | Toqua Township


Neighboring Counties






Local Histories


1874 Map of Big Stone, Grant, Stevens, and Traverse counties



  • The Ortonville Independent (May 1920-Current; Weekly)
  • The Northern Star (Jan 1966-Current; Weekly)
  • The Ortonville Journal (Jan 1927-Sep 1927; Weekly)
  • The Ortonville Star (Jan 1927-Sep 1927; Weekly)
  • Ortonville Journal Star (Oct 1927-Apr 1930; Weekly)
  • The Journal-Star (Sep 1926-Jan 1927; Weekly)
  • The Ortonville Journal (Jan 1913-Sep 1926; Weekly)
  • Ortonville Herald Star (Jan 1888-Dec 1912; Weekly)
  • Big Stone County Journal (1892 [?]-Dec 1912; Weekly)
  • The Beardsley News (Apr 1908-Jun 1959; Weekly)
  • The Odessa Tribune (Mar 1898-After Jan 1902 [?]; Weekly)
  • The Phenix (1894-Nov 1912; Weekly)
  • Graceville Transcript (Aug 1890-1894; Weekly)
  • Graceville Transcript and Democrat (Jul 1889-Aug 1890; Weekly)
  • The Graceville Democrat (May 1888-Jul 1889; Weekly)
  • The Ortonville Headlight (1884-After Mar 1887 [?]; Weekly)
  • The People's Vindicator (1884-Dec1884; Weekly)
  • Graceville Transcript (Oct 1883-Jul 1889; Weekly)
  • Big Stone County Herald (Aug 1879-Dec 1887; Weekly)
  • Ortonville North Star (Jun 1878-Dec1887; Weekly)
  • The Odessa Times (1940 [?]-Sep 1941; Weekly)
  • Graceville Enterprise (1894-Apr 1966; Weekly)
  • The Clinton Advocate (1894 [?]-Apr 1966; Weekly)
  • The Ortonville Star (1920 [?]-Sep 1926; Weekly)
  • The Beardsley News (1896 [?]-Sep 1907; Weekly)
  • The Clinton Advocate (Aug 1892-Jul 1895; Weekly)



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

985 US Highway 12
Ortonville, MN 56278

  • Ortonville Public Library

412 NW 2nd Stret
Ortonville, MN 56278

  • Graceville Public Library

415 Studdart Avenure
P.O. Box 457
Graceville, MN 56240

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Big Stone 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).
  3. Minnesota Historical Society Library Catalogue:Big Stone County Newspapers. (accessed December 5, 2011).


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