Lyon County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Lyon County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Lyon County
Location in the state of Minnesota, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 2, 1869
County Seat Marshall
Courthouse
Minnesota, Lyon County Courthouse.png
Address Lyon County Courthouse
607 W Main
Marshall, MN 56258-3021
Phone: 507.537.6722
Lyon County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Nathaniel Lyon. The County is located in the southwest area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1874 1872 1874 1880 1870 1880 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1874,
marriage records from 1872, divorce, probate and court records from 1880.
County Recorder has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1869--Lyon County was created 2 November 1869 from Redwood County. County seat: Marshall [4]
  • For a brief history of how Lyon County was named, click here, then select Lyon 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]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [HOMETOWN URL HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


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
MNGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
Billion Graves FamilySearch Places
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 6,257
1890 9,501 51.8%
1900 14,591 53.6%
1910 15,722 7.8%
1920 18,837 19.8%
1930 19,328 2.6%
1940 21,569 11.6%
1950 22,253 3.2%
1960 22,655 1.8%
1970 24,273 7.1%
1980 25,207 3.8%
1990 24,789 −1.7%
2000 25,425 2.6%
2010 25,857 1.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information, see Minnesota Church Records.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Opdahl (Opdal) Lutheran Church, Florence

  • Records of Opdahl (Opdal) Lutheran Church, Florence, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]


List of Churches and Church Parishes

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, Lyon – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lyon 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]

Yellow Medicine CountyRedwood CountyCottonwood CountyMurray CountyPipestone CountyLincoln CountyMN LYON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

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 Lyon 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]

Since Minnesota tax records include only persons who owned taxable property, many residents were not included. Still they complement land records and can be used in place of missing censuses or the years between censuses. There may also be gaps. 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, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Minnesota Vital Records.

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

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Lyon County Historical Society
301 West Lyon Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Telephone: 507-537-6580
Website

Prairieland Genealogical Society
History Center
Room 141-Social Science Building
Southwest State University
Marshall, MN 56258
Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lyon County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lyon 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), Lyon County, Minnesota page 365, 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Lyon County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon_County,_Minnesota, accessed 07 February 2020.
  6. "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.