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Guide to Goodhue County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Goodhue County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Goodhue 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 Red Wing
Courthouse
Address Goodhue County Courthouse
509 5th St W
Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: 651.385.3148
Goodhue County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Madison Goodhue, the first printer-editor in Minnesota. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [1]

Goodhue County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1854 1870 1854 1853 1854 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]



County Administrator has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage and probate records from 1854, divorce and court records from 1951.
Minnesota Hisotrical Society has divorce
and court records 1854-1950.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1853--Goodhue County was created 5 March 1853 from Wabasha and Dakota Counties.  County seat: Red Wing [4]
  • For a brief history of how Goodhue County was named, click here. Then select Goodhue County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Bellechester | Cannon Falls  | Dennison | Goodhue | Kenyon | Lake City | Pine Island | Red Wing |Wanamingo | Zumbrota

Townships[edit | edit source]

Belle Creek Township | Belvidere Township | Cannon Falls Township | Cherry Grove Township | Featherstone Township | Florence Township | Goodhue Township | Hay Creek Township | Holden Township | Kenyon Township | Leon Township | Minneola Township | Pine Island Township | Roscoe Township | Stanton Township | Vasa Township | Wacouta Township | Wanamingo Township | Warsaw Township | Welch Township | Zumbrota Township

Unincorporated
[edit | edit source]

Hader | Stanton | Moland

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
MNInterment
MNGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

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.


Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Dale Lutheran Church, Kenyon

  • Records of the Dale Lutheran Church, Kenyon, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

Gol (and Moland) Lutheran Church, Kenyon

  • Records of Gol (and Moland) Lutheran Church, Kenyon, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

Kenyon

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Kenyon, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Minneola Lutheran Church, Zumbrota

  • Records of Minneola Lutheran Church, Zumbrota, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

Trinity Lutheran Church, Red Wing

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Red Wing, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

Urland Lutheran Church

  • Records of Urland Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

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, Goodhue – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Goodhue 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Dakota CountyRice CountySteele CountyDodge CountyOlmsted CountyWabasha CountyPrice CountyPepin CountyMN GOODHUE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Goodhue 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 Goodhue County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D and E.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and H.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies F and H.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies A and C.
- 1st Minnesota Company Sharpshooters, First Company only.
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

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

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.


Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Goodhue Area Historical Society
PO Box 141
Goodhue 55027
Website

Goodhue County Historical Society
1166 Oak Street
Red Wing 55066
Telephone: 651-388-6024
Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

Cannon Falls Library
306 West Mill
Cannon Falls, MN 55009


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Goodhue County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodhue_County,_Minnesota accessed 12 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Goodhue County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 362-365.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Goodhue County, Minnesota page 364, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "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, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.

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