Scott County, Minnesota Genealogy
Guide to Scott County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Scott County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
|Founded||March 5, 1858|
|Address|| Scott County Courthouse|
428 S Holmes St
Shakopee, MN 55379
Scott County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Web Sites
- 8 References
Scott County, Minnesota Record Dates
County Recorder has birth and death records from 1871,
marriage records from 1856, land records from 1850’s
and military dischrage records from 1950.
Clerk Court has divorce and probate records from 1850’s
and court records from 1880. 
- 1853--Scott County was created 5 March 1853 from Dakota County. County seat: Shakopee 
- For a brief history of Scott County's name, click here, then select Scott County.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
- 1865 - Minnesota State Census, 1865 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1885 - Minnesota State Census, 1885 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1905 - Minnesota State Census, 1905 at FamilySearch — index and images
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.
- Records of the American Lutheran Church, Shakopee, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
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, Scott – LAND AND PROPERTY
Local histories are available for Scott County, Minnesota Genealogy. 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.
Civil War service men from Scott 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 Scott County.
- - 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and C.
- - 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company L.
- - 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- - 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
- - 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- - 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I
- - Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company C.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Scott County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
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.
Online Probate Records
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.
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.
Societies and Libraries
Scott County Historical Society
235 South Fuller Street
Shakopee Seritage Society
1708 6th Avenue East
Belle Plaine Historical Society
PO Box 73
South Cedar Ave
Belle Plaine MN 56011-0073
Phone: 952 873-6109
New Prague Area Historical Society
c/o Greg Tikalsky
New Prague Public Library1745 1st Ave SE
New Prague MN 56071-4008
Phone: 952 758-5291
Family History Centers
Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
- Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 385-403. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Scott County, Minnesota page 368, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).