McLeod County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


McLeod County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting McLeod 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 March 1, 1856
County Seat Glencoe
Courthouse
Minnesota, McLeod County Courthouse.png
Address McLeod County Courthouse
830 11th St
PO Box 127
Glencoe, MN 55336
Phone: 320.864.1216
McLeod County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Martin McLeod, a Canadian-born adventurer who became a fur trader and later was elected a territorial representative (1849–1856) in Minnesota. The County is located in the south-central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1865 1870 1867 1856 1864 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Recorder has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1865, school census and land records.
County Administrator has divorce, probate and court records.
Veterans Service has military records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1856--McLeod County was created 1 March 1856 from Carver and Sibley Counties.  County seat: Glencoe [4]
  • For a brief history of how McLeod County was named, click here.  Then select McLeod 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 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
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
MNInterment
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

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.


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 1,286
1870 5,643 338.8%
1880 12,342 118.7%
1890 17,026 38.0%
1900 19,595 15.1%
1910 18,691 −4.6%
1920 20,444 9.4%
1930 20,522 0.4%
1940 21,380 4.2%
1950 22,198 3.8%
1960 24,401 9.9%
1970 27,662 13.4%
1980 29,657 7.2%
1990 32,030 8.0%
2000 34,898 9.0%
2010 36,651 5.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

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, McLeod – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for McLeod 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]

Meeker CountyWright CountyCarver CountySibley CountyRenville CountyMN McLEOD.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from McLeod 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 McLeod County.

- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company K
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company B.
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 McLeod 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]

McLeod County Genealogical and Historical Society
380 School Road NW
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Telephone: 320-587-2109
Website

Southwest Minnesota Historical Center
Social Science 141
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Telephone: 507-537-7373

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, "McLeod County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLeod_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McLeod 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), McLeod County, Minnesota page 366, 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, "McLeod County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLeod_County,_Minnesota, accessed 10 February 2020.