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Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Wright County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Wright County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 20, 1855
County Seat Buffalo
Courthouse
Address Wright County Courthouse
10 2nd Street NW
Buffalo, Mn 55313
Phone 763-682-7357
Wright County Website


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for a New York politician, Silas Wright. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

Wright County, Minnesota Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1871 1866 1871 1870 1856 1854 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County CourthouseEdit


License Bureau has birth and death records from 1871
and marriage records from 1866.
Court Administrator has divorce and court records from 1870 and probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

  • 1855--Wright County was created 20 February 1855 from Cass and Sibley Counties.  County seat: Buffalo [4]
  • For a brief history of how Wright County was named, click here, then select Wright County.

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

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

Places/LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns


Neighboring CountiesEdit

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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
MNGravestones
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

CensusEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,729
1870 9,457 153.6%
1880 18,104 91.4%
1890 24,164 33.5%
1900 29,157 20.7%
1910 28,082 −3.7%
1920 28,685 2.1%
1930 27,119 −5.5%
1940 27,550 1.6%
1950 27,716 0.6%
1960 29,935 8.0%
1970 38,933 30.1%
1980 58,681 50.7%
1990 68,710 17.1%
2000 89,986 31.0%
2010 124,700 38.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.



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, Wright – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Wright 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.

  • 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 Internet Archive.


MapsEdit

Stearns CountySherburne CountyAnoka CountyHennepin CountyCarver CountyMcLeod CountyMeeker CountyMN WRIGHT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MilitaryEdit

Civil WarEdit

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, Company D.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company B.
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company E.
World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wright 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

Wright County Historical Society
2001 Highway 25 N
Buffalo MN 55313-3303
Telephone: 763-682-7323
Website


Cokato Finnish-American Society
10783 County Road 3 SW
Cokato MN 55321-4408
Telephone: 320-286-2833

Cokato Historical Society
Museum & Library
PO Box 686
175 4th St West
Cokato MN
Telephone: 320-286-2427
Website

Rockford Area Historical Society
Ames-Florida-Stork House
PO Box 186
Rockford MN 55373-0186
Telephone: 763-477-5383
Website


  • St. Michael, Wright, Minnesota - Access website of the St. Michael Historical Society for databases of the St. Michael area and other genealogical research tools.

Family History CentersEdit

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.

FamilySearch Affiliate LibrariesEdit

Wright County Historical Society
2001 Highway 25 N
Buffalo, MN 55313


WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wright County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_County,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wright 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), Wright County, Minnesota page 370, 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, "Wright County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_County,_Minnesota, accessed 2 March 2020.