Carver County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Chaska
Organized: February 25, 1856[1]
Parent County(s): Hennepin, Sibley[2]
Neighboring Counties
Hennepin  • McLeod  • Scott  • Sibley  • Wright
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Carver Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Carver County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for he explorer Jonathan Carver, who in 1766–67, traveled from Boston to the Minnesota River, and wintered among the Sioux near the site of New Ulm. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Carver County Courthouse
600 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: 952-361-1420
Carver County Website

Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records from 1856.
County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1870. [4]

Carver 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 1870 1870 1856 1870 1856 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:[9]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships
Ghost towns


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 Carver 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 5,106
1870 11,586 126.9%
1880 14,140 22.0%
1890 16,532 16.9%
1900 17,544 6.1%
1910 17,455 −0.5%
1920 16,946 −2.9%
1930 16,936 −0.1%
1940 17,606 4.0%
1950 18,155 3.1%
1960 21,358 17.6%
1970 28,331 32.6%
1980 37,046 30.8%
1990 47,915 29.3%
2000 70,205 46.5%
2010 91,042 29.7%
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 Carver 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]

Wright CountyHennepin CountyScott CountySibley CountyMcLeod CountyMN CARVER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Carver 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 Carver County.

-2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I
-3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company B.
-4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
-5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies D and E.
-6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
-9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies B and H.

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 Carver County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Carver County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Carver County Library Administrative Office
4 City Hall Plaza
Chaska, MN 55318
952-448-9395
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Carver County Historical Society Museum
555 W First St
Waconia, MN 55387
952-442-4234
E-mail:historical@co.carver.mn.us
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Carver County Historical Society
555 W First St
MN 55387-1203
952-442-4234
Website

Chaska Historical Society
Chaska History Center
112 W Fourth St
Chaska, MN 55318
952-448-6077
E-mail: historical@chaskahistory.org
Website

Watertown Area Historical Society
PO Box 836
309 Lewis Ave S
Watertown, MN 55388-0836
Website

Waconia Heritage Association
213 S Vine St
Waconia, MN 55387
952-442-2184 ext. 1013
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; Copyright The Newberry Library 2007
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; Copyright The Newberry Library 2007
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Carver County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carver_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. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; Copyright The Newberry Library 2007
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Carver County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carver_County,_Minnesota, accessed 22 January 2020.