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{{breadcrumb| link1=[[United States Genealogy|United States]]| link2=[[Minnesota Genealogy|Minnesota-stub]]| link3=| link4=| link5=[[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy|Wright County]]}}  Guide to '''Wright County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  <div id="fsButtons"><span class="online_records_button">[[Minnesota Online Genealogy Records]]</span></div> {{Infobox U.S. County | county = Wright County | county_map = Minnesota Wright County Map.svg.png| state = Minnesota| state_map = Minnesota.png | latd = | longd = | founded year = 1855| founded date = February 20| seat = Buffalo | building image = | building address = Wright County Courthouse<br>10 2nd Street NW<br>Buffalo, Mn 55313<br>Phone 763-682-7357 <br>[http://www.co.wright.mn.us/ '''Wright County Website'''] }} === County Information ===  ==== Description ====  The County was named for a New York politician, Silas Wright. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Wright County, Minnesota" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_County,_Minnesota'' accessed 15 Nov 2018 </ref>  ====Wright County, Minnesota Record Dates==== {| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"|-| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United Statesof America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wright County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|United Statesdisp=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.</ref></center>|-| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]] &gt; '''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wright County, MinnesotaGenealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Wright County, MinnesotaGenealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]&nbsp;&gt; '''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]''' |-| width="14.2%" align="center" |1871| width="14.2%" align="center" |1866| width="14.2%" align="center" |1871| width="14.2%" align="center" |1870| width="14.2%" align="center" |1856| width="14.2%" align="center" |1854| width="14.2%" align="center" |1836|-| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.</center>|}
== County Courthouse ==
 
<br>License Bureau has birth and death records from 1871<br>and marriage records from 1866. <br>Court Administrator has divorce and court records from 1870 and probate records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wright County, Minnesota page 370, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
== History ==
==== Parent County ====
*'''1855--'''Wright County was created 20 February 1855&nbsp;from [[Cass County, MinnesotaGenealogy|Cass]] and [[Sibley County, MinnesotaGenealogy|Sibley]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat: '''Buffalo <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
*For a brief history of how Wright County was named, click [http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/index.cfm here], then select Wright County.
==== Record Loss ====
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
== Places/Localities ==
==== Populated Places ====
 
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://minnesota.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,171,c,wright.cfmL HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Wright County, Minnesota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_County,_Minnesota, accessed 2 March 2020.</ref>
 
{{Populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion_Center,_Minnesota Albion Center]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albright,_Minnesota Albright]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enfield,_Minnesota Enfield]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Lake,_Minnesota French Lake]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasty,_Minnesota Hasty]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Highland]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knapp,_Minnesota Knapp]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oster,_Minnesota Oster]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rassat,_Minnesota Rassat]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_Lake,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Rice Lake]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_Lake,_Minnesota Smith Lake]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm,_Minnesota Stockholm]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Albion,_Minnesota West Albion]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Creek,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Silver Creek]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Albion]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Buffalo]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Chatham]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearwater_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Clearwater]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cokato_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Cokato]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinna_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Corinna]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Franklin]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Lake_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota French Lake]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_Lake_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Maple Lake]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Marysville]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middleville_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Middleville]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monticello_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Monticello]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockford_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Rockford]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Creek_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Silver Creek]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southside_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Southside]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Stockholm]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Victor]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland_Township,_Wright_County,_Minnesota Woodland]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickinson,_Minnesota Dickinson]
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}}
==== Neighboring Counties ====
*[[Anoka County, MinnesotaGenealogy|Anoka]] *[[Carver County, MinnesotaGenealogy|Carver]] *[[Hennepin County, MinnesotaGenealogy|Hennepin]] *[[McLeod County, MinnesotaGenealogy|McLeod]] *[[Meeker County, MinnesotaGenealogy|Meeker]] *[[Sherburne County, MinnesotaGenealogy|Sherburne]] *[[Stearns County, MinnesotaGenealogy|Stearns]]
== Resources ==
==== Cemeteries ====
 
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|474524|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Minnesota/Wright-County?id=county_1395 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://wright.mngenweb.net/cems.htm MNGenWeb]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Wright+Minnesota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/mn/wright/wright.html MNGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/minnesota/wright.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://minnesotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=86 MNGravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Minnesota Cemeteries| Minnesota Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census ====
 
{{Historical populations
|type = USA
|heading = Census
|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_County,_Minnesota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
|1860 |3729
|1870 |9457
|1880 |18104
|1890 |24164
|1900 |29157
|1910 |28082
|1920 |28685
|1930 |27119
|1940 |27550
|1950 |27716
|1960 |29935
|1970 |38933
|1980 |58681
|1990 |68710
|2000 |89986
|2010 |124700
}}
 
'''State Census'''
*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1503054|Minnesota State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1503044|Minnesota State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1503056|Minnesota State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
==== Church ====
 
{{MN Church Intro}}
 
<br>
'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394317&reqParentsLabel=Wright%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
==== Court ====
 
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
 
*'''1912 - 1956''' - {{RecordSearch|2426329|Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists, 1912-1956}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
==== Land ====
 
{{MN Land|Wright}}
==== Local Histories ====
 
{{MN History Intro}}
 
*Hoar, Alfred Wyman. ''Lineage and family records of Alfred Wyman Hoar and his wife Josephine Jackson with notes on the early history of Wright County, Minnesota''. Eagle Print. Co., 1898. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/lineagefamilyrec00hoar Internet Archive].<br>
 
<br>
==== Maps ====
{{MN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MN Wright County}}}}
==== Military ====
 
===== Civil War =====
 
Civil War service men from Wright 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 Wright County.
 
:- [[1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company D.
:- [[3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company A.
:- [[8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company E.
:- [[9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company B.
:- [[Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry|Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry]], Company E.
 
===== World War II =====
 
*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2759155|Minnesota, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
*'''1872-1962''' - {{RecordSearch|2632486|Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1872-1962}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
==== Newspapers ====
 
{{MN Newspaper abstracts|Wright}}
 
==== Obituaries ====
 
*'''1865 - 2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2469546|Minnesota Obituaries 1865-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]— index and images
==== Probate ====
 
{{MN Probate Intro}}
'''Online Probate Records'''
*'''1801 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9070 Minnesota Wills and Probate Records 1801-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
==== Taxation ====
 
{{MN Tax Intro}}
==== Vital Records ====
 
{{MN Vital Intro}}
=====Birth=====
*'''1900-1934''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10828/minnesota-birth-index-1900-1934?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=feb20historicalrecords&utm_content=feb20historicalrecords Minnesota, Birth Index, 1900-1934] at MyHeritage($) — index
 
=====Marriage=====
*'''1850-2019''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70873/ WEB: Minnesota, Marriages from the Minnesota Official Marriage System, 1850-2019] at Ancestry($) — index
*'''1860 - 1949''' {{RecordSearch|1803974|Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1976-2003''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10210/minnesota-marriages-1976-2003?s=275764761 Minnesota, Marriages, 1976-2003] at MyHeritage($) — index
 
=====Death=====
*'''1850-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2185953|Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1887-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|3398461|Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1904-2001''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10859/minnesota-death-index-1904-2001?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=feb20historicalrecords&utm_content=feb20historicalrecords Minnesota, Death Index, 1904-2001] at MyHeritage($) — index
== Societies and Libraries ==
St. Michael, Wright, Minnesota - For records of the St. Michael Historical Society, visit http://www.stmhistsoc.org
== Web Sites ==
'''Wright County Historical Society'''<br> 2001 Highway 25 N<br> Buffalo MN 55313-3303<br> Telephone: 763-682-7323<br>[http://www.wrighthistory.org/ Website]<br><br>
 
 
'''Cokato Finnish-American Society'''<br> 10783 County Road 3 SW<br> Cokato MN 55321-4408<br>Telephone: 320-286-2833<br><br>
 
'''Cokato Historical Society'''<br> Museum & Library<br>PO Box 686<br> 175 4th St West<br>Cokato MN<br>Telephone: 320-286-2427<br>[http://www.cokatomuseum.org/chs.html Website]<br><br>
 
'''Rockford Area Historical Society'''<br> Ames-Florida-Stork House<br> PO Box 186<br> Rockford MN 55373-0186<br> Telephone: 763-477-5383<br>[http://www.rockfordmnhistory.org/ Website]<br><br>
 
 
 
*St. Michael, Wright, Minnesota - Access website of the [https://saintmichaelhistory.org/ St. Michael Historical Society] for databases of the St. Michael area and other genealogical research tools.
 
==== Family History Centers ====
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
*[[Buffalo Minnesota Family History Center]]
=== FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries ===
{{FS_AfLib|Name=Wright County Historical Society|Address=2001 Highway 25 N|Address2=|City=Buffalo|State=MN|PostCode=55313|URL=}}
 
== Websites ==
 
*[http://wright.mngenweb.net/ Wright County MNGenWeb]
*[http://genforum.com/mn/wright/ Wright County, MN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
*{{FHL|Minnesota%2C+Wright|subject|disp=Family History Library FamilySearch Catalog}}
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