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Todd County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Todd County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Todd County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855
County Seat Long Prairie
Address Todd County Courthouse
215 1st Ave S
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Todd County Website

County InformationEdit

Todd County, Minnesota Record DatesEdit

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1869 1867 1870 1850 1867 1876

County CourthouseEdit


Clerk District Court has divorce records from 1880,
court records from 1874 and probate records.
County Records has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1867, land records, school census from 1914. [2]


Parent CountyEdit

  • 1855--Todd County was created 20 February 1855 from Cass County.  County seat: Long Prairie [3]
  • For a brief history of Todd County's name, click here, then select Todd County.

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

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


Populated Places [4]Edit

  • Bertha
  • Browerville
  • Burtrum
  • Clarissa
  • Eagle Bend
  • Grey Eagle
  • Hewitt
  • Long Prairie
  • Osakis
  • Staples
  • West Union
  • Bartlett
  • Bertha
  • Birchdale
  • Bruce
  • Burleene
  • Burnhamville
  • Eagle Valley
  • Fawn Lake
  • Germania
  • Gordon
  • Grey Eagle
  • Hartford
  • Iona
  • Kandota
  • Leslie
  • Little Elk
  • Little Sauk
  • Long Prairie
  • Moran
  • Reynolds
  • Round Prairie
  • Staples
  • Stowe Prairie
  • Turtle Creek
  • Villard
  • Ward
  • West Union
  • Wykeham

Neighboring CountiesEdit



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
MNGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.


State Census


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.


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit


The 1913-1914 Farmer's Directory of Todd County is included in:

  • Webb Publishing Co. of St. Paul, MN. Collection of Minnesota County Atlases, #175, Roll 8. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 1913-1914. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


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:


Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Todd 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.

  • Hendrickson, A.H., O.B. DeLaurier, and John H. Sheets. Todd County, Minnesota, Histories: Containing Reproductions of the Original Histories of Todd County Written by John H. Sheets, A. H. Hendrickson, O. B. DeLaurier. Other Articles of Interest. Long Prairie, Minn.: Todd County Bicentennial Committee, 1976. FHL Large Q Book 977.688 H2.


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for more resources



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



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


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.


Societies and LibrariesEdit

Todd County Historical Society
333 Central Avenue
PO Box 146
Long Prairie 56347
Telephone: 320-732-4426

Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 385-403. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Todd County, Minnesota page 369, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Todd County Website (accessed 11 November 2014)