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Murray County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Murray County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Murray County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded May 23, 1857
County Seat Slayton
Courthouse
Address Murray County Courthouse
2500 28th Street
Slayton, MN 56172
Phone: 507.836.6148
Murray County Website


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for William Pitt Murray, who served in various positions within government. The County is located in the southwest area of the state. [1]

Murray County, Minnesota Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1872 1873 1879 1873 1800s 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County CourthouseEdit

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

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


Neighboring CountiesEdit

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

CensusEdit

State Census

ChurchEdit

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Minnesota Church Records.


LutheranEdit

Immanuel Lutheran Congregation, Fulda

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


List of Churches and Church Parishes

CourtEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

LandEdit

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, Murray – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Murray 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.

MapsEdit

Lincoln CountyLyon CountyRedwood CountyCottonwood CountyPipestone CountyRock CountyNobles CountyJackson CountyMN MURRAY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MilitaryEdit

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Murray County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

ObituariesEdit

ProbateEdit

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

TaxationEdit

Minnesota tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.


Vital RecordsEdit

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, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred], order electronically online ($) or download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

See also Minnesota Vital Records or How to order Minnesota Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


BirthEdit
MarriageEdit
DeathEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Murray County Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 61
2480 29th St
Slayton MN 56172-0061
Telephone: 507-836-6533
Website

Fulda Heritage Society
105 Front St W
Fulda, MN, 56131
Telephone: 507-425-2201

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

Murray County Minnesota
2500 28th St
Slayton MN
Telephone: 507-836-6148
E-mail:CRiley@co.murray.mn.us
Website

Family History Centers
Edit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Murray County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Murray 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), Murray 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, "Murray County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_County,_Minnesota, accessed 11 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.