Chippewa County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Chippewa County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Chippewa County
Location in the state of Minnesota, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 20, 1862
County Seat Montevideo
Courthouse
Address Chippewa County Courthouse
629 North 11th Street
Montevideo, MN 56265
Phone: 320-269-7774
Chippewa County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Chippewa River. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[1]

Chippewa County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* 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.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]



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. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1862--Chippewa County was created 20 February 1862 from Pierce (eliminated 20 Feb 1862) and Davis (eliminated 20 Feb 1862) Counties. County seat: Montevideo [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Minnesota County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Minnesota County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census[edit | edit source]

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[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[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Chippewa 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[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 Records

Taxation[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 State Registrar 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]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Chippewa County Historical Society
    PO Box 303
    151 Pioneer Drive (Jct. 7 and 59)
    Montevideo, MN 56265-0303
    Phone: 320 269-7636
    Website
  • West Central Minnesota Historical Center
    University of Minnesota–Morris
    Morris, MN 56267
    Website
  • Friesen Historical Society
    PO Box 26
    Clara City, MN 56222

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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 Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Chippewa County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chippewa_County,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chippewa 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), Chippewa County, Minnesota page 363, 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, "Chippewa County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chippewa_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 23 January 2020.