Rock County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Rock County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Rock 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 May 23, 1857
County Seat Luverne
Courthouse
Address Rock County Courthouse
204 E Brown
PO Box 509
Luverne, MN 56156-0509
Phone: 507.283.5060
Rock County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for he prominent rock deposit in the county. The County is located in the southwest area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1875 1875 1875 1872 1871 1873 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 divorce and court records from 1872. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1857--Rock County was created 23 May 1857 from Brown County. County seat: Luverne [4]
  • For a brief history of how Rock County was named, click here, then select Rock 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
Ghost towns


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.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 23
1870 138 500.0%
1880 3,669 2558.7%
1890 6,817 85.8%
1900 9,668 41.8%
1910 10,222 5.7%
1920 10,965 7.3%
1930 10,962 −0.0%
1940 10,933 −0.3%
1950 11,278 3.2%
1960 11,864 5.2%
1970 11,346 −4.4%
1980 10,703 −5.7%
1990 9,806 −8.4%
2000 9,721 −0.9%
2010 9,687 −0.3%
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]

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Hills

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

Nittedahl Lutheran Church, Hardwick

  • Records of Nittedahl Lutheran Church, Hardwick, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).


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, Rock – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Rock 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]

Pipestone CountyMurray CountyNobles CountyLyon CountyMinnehaha CountyMoody CountyMN ROCK.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 Rock 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]

Rock County Historical Society
PO Box 741
217 N. Freeman Ave
Luverne MN
Telephone: 507-283-9849

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, "Rock County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_County,_Minnesota accessed 14 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rock 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), Rock County, Minnesota page 368, 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, "Rock County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_County,_Minnesota, accessed 19 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.