Goodhue County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Goodhue County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Goodhue 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 March 5, 1853
County Seat Red Wing
Courthouse
Address Goodhue County Courthouse
509 5th St W
Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: 651.385.3148
Goodhue County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Madison Goodhue, the first printer-editor in Minnesota. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1854 1870 1854 1853 1854 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]



County Administrator has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage and probate records from 1854, divorce and court records from 1951.
Minnesota Hisotrical Society has divorce
and court records 1854-1950.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1853--Goodhue County was created 5 March 1853 from Wabasha and Dakota Counties.  County seat: Red Wing [4]
  • For a brief history of how Goodhue County was named, click here. Then select Goodhue County.

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]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
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
MNInterment
MNGravestones
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 8,977
1870 22,018 145.3%
1880 29,651 34.7%
1890 28,806 −2.8%
1900 31,137 8.1%
1910 31,637 1.6%
1920 30,799 −2.6%
1930 31,317 1.7%
1940 31,564 0.8%
1950 32,118 1.8%
1960 33,035 2.9%
1970 34,804 5.4%
1980 38,749 11.3%
1990 40,690 5.0%
2000 44,127 8.4%
2010 46,183 4.7%
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]

Dale Lutheran Church, Kenyon

  • Records of the Dale Lutheran Church, Kenyon, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]

Gol (and Moland) Lutheran Church, Kenyon

  • Records of Gol (and Moland) Lutheran Church, Kenyon, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]

Kenyon

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

Minneola Lutheran Church, Zumbrota

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

Trinity Lutheran Church, Red Wing

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Red Wing, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]

Urland Lutheran Church

  • Records of Urland Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]


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:

MINNESOTA, Goodhue – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Goodhue 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]

Dakota CountyRice CountySteele CountyDodge CountyOlmsted CountyWabasha CountyPrice CountyPepin CountyMN GOODHUE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Goodhue 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 Goodhue County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D and E.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and H.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies F and H.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies A and C.
- 1st Minnesota Company Sharpshooters, First Company only.
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 Goodhue 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]

Goodhue Area Historical Society
PO Box 141
Goodhue 55027
Website

Goodhue County Historical Society
1166 Oak Street
Red Wing 55066
Telephone: 651-388-6024
Website

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

FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

Cannon Falls Library
306 West Mill
Cannon Falls, MN 55009


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Goodhue County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodhue_County,_Minnesota accessed 12 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Goodhue 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), Goodhue 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, "Goodhue County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodhue_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 28 January 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "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.