Blue Earth County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Mankato
Organized: March 5, 1853[1]
Parent County(s): Dakota[2]
Neighboring Counties
Brown  • Faribault  • Le Sueur  • Martin  • Nicollet  • Waseca  • Watonwan
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Blue Earth Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Blue Earth County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Blue Earth River. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Blue Earth County Justice Center
401 Carver Rd
PO Box 0347
Mankato, MN 56002-0347
Phone: 507-304-4650
Blue Earth County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870, marriage records from 1865, divorce and court records from 1854 and probate records from 1858.
Register of Deeds has land records. [4]

Blue Earth County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1865 1870 1854 1853 1858 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Populated Places
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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Blue Earth County, Minnesota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links to Federal, State, and Territorial censuses, see Minnesota Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 4,803
1870 17,302 260.2%
1880 22,889 32.3%
1890 29,210 27.6%
1900 32,263 10.5%
1910 29,337 −9.1%
1920 31,477 7.3%
1930 33,847 7.5%
1940 36,203 7.0%
1950 38,327 5.9%
1960 44,385 15.8%
1970 52,322 17.9%
1980 52,314 −0.0%
1990 54,044 3.3%
2000 55,941 3.5%
2010 64,013 14.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Blue Earth County. 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Brown CountyNicollet CountyLe Sueur CountyWaseca CountyFaribault CountyMartin CountyWatonwan CountyMN BLUE EARTH.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Blue Earth 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 Blue Earth County.

-1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Companies B, E, and H.
-1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Company F.
-2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies E and H.
-3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
-4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
-6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
-9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies D and E.
-Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company B.

Spanish American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[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 Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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 Department of Health, Office 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]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Blue Earth County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Blue Earth County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Blue Earth County Historical Society
424 Warren St
Mankato, MN 56001
Website

University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Mankato State University
Mankato, MN 56001
800-722-0544
Website

Madison Lake Area Historical Society
City Hall
525 Main St
Madison Lake, MN 56063
507-243-3333
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Hubbard House
606 S Broad St
Mankato, MN 56001
website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Blue Earth County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Minnesota Societies.

Madison Lake Area Historical Society
PO Box 124
Madison Lake, MN 56001-0124
507-243-3755
Email:mlfamily@bevcomm.net
Website

Betsy-Tacy Society
332 and 333 Center Street
PO Box 94
Mankato, MN 56002
507-345-9777
Email:BTSMankato@gmail.com
Website

Rapidan Heritage Society
55466 190th Street
Mankato, MN 56001
507-995-1185
Email:rapidandepot@gmail.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Blue Earth County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Earth_County,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; Copyright The Newberry Library 2007
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Blue Earth County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Earth_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 21 January 2020.