Scott County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Scott County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Scott 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 5, 1858
County Seat Shakopee
Courthouse
Address Scott County Courthouse
428 S Holmes St
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone:. 952.496.8150
Scott County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for General Winfield Scott. The County is located in the east central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1871 1856 1871 1880 1850s 1850s 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Recorder has birth and death records from 1871,
marriage records from 1856, land records from 1850’s
and military discharge records from 1950.
Clerk Court has divorce and probate records from 1850’s
and court records from 1880. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1853--Scott County was created 5 March 1853 from Dakota County.  County seat: Shakopee [4]
  • For a brief history of Scott County's name, click here, then select Scott 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
MNGenWeb 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 4,595
1870 11,042 140.3%
1880 13,516 22.4%
1890 13,831 2.3%
1900 15,147 9.5%
1910 14,888 −1.7%
1920 14,245 −4.3%
1930 14,116 −0.9%
1940 15,585 10.4%
1950 16,486 5.8%
1960 21,909 32.9%
1970 32,423 48.0%
1980 43,784 35.0%
1990 57,846 32.1%
2000 89,498 54.7%
2010 129,928 45.2%
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]
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Shakopee, 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, Scott – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Scott 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]

Hennepin CountyDakota CountyRice CountyLe Sueur CountySibley CountyCarver CountyMN SCOTT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Scott 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 Scott County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and C.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company L.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I
- Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company C.
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 Scott 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]

Scott County Historical Society
235 South Fuller Street
Shakopee 55379
Telephone: 952-445-0378
toll-free: 888-325-2575
fax: 952-445-4154
Website

Shakopee Seritage Society
1708 6th Avenue East
Shakopee 55379

Belle Plaine Historical Society
PO Box 73
South Cedar Ave
Belle Plaine MN 56011-0073
Telephone: 952-873-6109

New Prague Area Historical Society
c/o Greg Tikalsky
New Prague Public Library1745 1st Ave SE
New Prague MN 56071-4008
Telephone: 952-758-5291
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

FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

Scott County Historical Society
235 Fuller St South
Shakopee, MN 55379


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Scott County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_County,_Minnesota accessed 14 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Scott 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), Scott 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, "Scott County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_County,_Minnesota, accessed 19 February 2020.