Faribault County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Faribault County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Faribault County
Location in the state of Minnesota, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855
County Seat Blue Earth
Address Faribault County Courthouse
415 North Main Street
Blue Earth, MN 56013
Phone: 507-526-6225
Phone: 507-526-6252
Faribault County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Jean-Baptiste Faribault, a settler and French fur trader among the Sioux Indians. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[1]

Faribault 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 1950 1862 1870 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Court Administrator has birth, marriage, divorce and probate from 1870, court records from 1950 and naturalization records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1855--Faribault County was created 20 February 1855 from Blue Earth County. County seat: Blue Earth [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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]

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

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.
1860 1,335
1870 9,940 644.6%
1880 13,016 30.9%
1890 16,708 28.4%
1900 22,055 32.0%
1910 19,949 −9.5%
1920 20,998 5.3%
1930 21,642 3.1%
1940 23,941 10.6%
1950 23,879 −0.3%
1960 23,685 −0.8%
1970 20,896 −11.8%
1980 19,714 −5.7%
1990 16,937 −14.1%
2000 16,181 −4.5%
2010 14,553 −10.1%
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]

Faribault County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Faribault County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).


  • Records of Cedar Creek Lutheran Church, Hayfield, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Silo (Shiloh) Lutheran Church, Elmore

  • Records of Silo (Shiloh) Lutheran Church, Elmore, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]

South Blue Earth Lutheran Church, Bricelyn

  • Records of South Blue Earth Lutheran Church, Bricelyn, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Wells, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[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.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Fairmont Park.JPG


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Faribault 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]

Blue Earth CountyWaseca CountyFreeborn CountyMartin CountyKossuth CountyWinnebago CountyMN FARIBAULT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Faribault County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Faribault County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Companies B and K.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies H and K.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies C and F.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company B.
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 Faribault County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • To find if your town's newspaper is in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, you can click on the link to find their catalog of newspaper holdings. They also sell microfilm copies of their newspaper holdings.

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 Indexes and 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 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. Faribault County Recorder (fee for copies)

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Faribault County Historical Society
    405 E. Sixth Street
    Blue Earth, MN 56013
    Phone: 507-526-5421
  • Bricelyn Area Historical Society
    309 N. Main Street
    Bricelyn, MN 56014
    Phone: 507-653-4644
  • Minnesota Lake Area Historical Society
    Kremer House
    Box 225
    Minnesota Lake, MN 56068
    Phone: 507-462-3420
  • Winnebago Area Museum
    16 Main Street South
    Winnebago, MN 56098
    Phone: 507-893-4660
  • Elmore Area Historical Society
    108 South Henry Street
    Elmore, MN 56027
    Phone: 507-943-3855

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 Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Faribault County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faribault_County,_Minnesota accessed 12 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Faribault 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), Faribault County, Minnesota page 364, 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, "Faribault County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faribault_County,_Minnesota, accessed 25 January 2020.
  6. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.