Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

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Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Yellow Medicine County
Location in the state of Minnesota
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Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded November 7, 1871
County Seat Granite Falls
Address Yellow Medicine County Courthouse
415 9th Avenue
Granite Falls, MN 56241-1367
Phone: 56241-1367
Yellow Medicine County Website

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage and naturalization
records from 1872, death, divorce, probate and court
records. County Recorder has land records. [1]


Parent County

  • 1871--Yellow Medicine County was created 7 November 1871 from Redwood County.  County seat: Granite Falls[1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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.


St. Lucas Lutheran Church, Cottonwood

  • Records of St. Lucas Lutheran Church, Cottonwood, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[2]

Trinity Lutheran Church, Porter

  • Records of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Porter, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[2]

Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church, Hanley Falls

  • Records of Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church, Hanley Falls, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[2]



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:


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Yellow Medicine 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
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Yellow Medicine County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Minnesota.


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Yellow Medicine 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.


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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota page 370, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.
  3. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)