Chippewa County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Montevideo
Organized: March 5, 1870[1]
Parent County(s): Davis (extinct), Pierce (extinct)[2]
Neighboring Counties
Kandiyohi  • Lac Qui Parle  • Renville  • Swift  • Yellow Medicine
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Chippewa County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Chippewa County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Chippewa River. The County is located in the west-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Chippewa County Courthouse
629 N 11th Street
Montevideo, MN 56265
Phone: 320-269-7774
Chippewa County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1870.
County Recorder has land records from 1870.
City Clerks have burial records. [4]

Chippewa 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]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1870 1870 1870 1870 1870 1870 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:[10]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Moyer, L.R., and Dale, O.G.; History of Chippewa and Lac qui Parle Counties, Minnesota: their people, industries and institutions, (B.F.Bowen Company, Inc.: Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916); Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library (Vol. 2, Biographies)

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Chippewa 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.
1870 1,467
1880 5,408 268.6%
1890 8,555 58.2%
1900 12,499 46.1%
1910 13,458 7.7%
1920 15,720 16.8%
1930 15,762 0.3%
1940 16,927 7.4%
1950 16,739 −1.1%
1960 16,320 −2.5%
1970 15,109 −7.4%
1980 14,941 −1.1%
1990 13,228 −11.5%
2000 13,088 −1.1%
2010 12,441 −4.9%
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.

Lutheran


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 Chippewa 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.

  • Moyer, L.R., and Dale, O.G.; History of Chippewa and Lac qui Parle Counties, Minnesota: their people, industries and institutions, (B.F.Bowen Company, Inc.: Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916); Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library (Volume 1, history and industries).
  • Narvestad, Carl; and Narvestad, Amy; People of Valdres Samband, 1899-1984, (Tribune Printing: Granite Falls, MN); Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Swift CountyKandiyohi CountyRenville CountyYellow Medicine CountyLac qui Parle CountyMN CHIPPEWA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

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

Clara City Library
126 N Main St
Clara City, MN 56222
320-847-3535
Email: claracity.staff@pioneerland.lib.mn.us
Website

Maynard Public Library
331 Mason Ave
Maynard, MN 56260
320-367-2143
Website

Milan Public Library
237 N 2nd Street
Milan, MN 56262
320-734-4792
Email: milan.staff@pioneerland.lib.mn.us
Website

Montevideo Public Library
224 S First St
Montevideo, MN 56265
320-269-6501
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Chippewa County Historical Society Museums
PO Box 303
Montevideo, MN 56265
E-mail: ChippewaHistory@outlook.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Chippewa County Historical Society
PO Box 303
151 Pioneer Dr (Jct. 7 and 59)
Montevideo, MN 56265-0303
320-269-7636
Email: ChippewaHistory@outlook.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, "Chippewa County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chippewa_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
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "Chippewa County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chippewa_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 23 January 2020.