Lincoln County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Lincoln County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Lincoln 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 November 4, 1873
County Seat Ivanhoe
Courthouse
Address Lincoln County Courthouse
319 N Rebecca
Ivanhoe, MN 56142
Phone: 507.694.1360

Lincoln County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Abraham Lincoln. The County is located in the southwest area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1879 1879 1880 1880 1873 1877 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, and marriage records from 1879,
death and court records from 1880 and divorce records from 1891.
Probate Judge has probate records from 1877.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1873. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1873--Lincoln County was created 4 November 1873 from Lyon County.  County seat: Ivanhoe [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]

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
Billion Graves WorldCat Billion Graves
FamilySearch Places
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 2,945
1890 5,691 93.2%
1900 8,966 57.5%
1910 9,874 10.1%
1920 11,268 14.1%
1930 11,303 0.3%
1940 10,797 −4.5%
1950 10,150 −6.0%
1960 9,651 −4.9%
1970 8,143 −15.6%
1980 8,207 0.8%
1990 6,890 −16.0%
2000 6,429 −6.7%
2010 5,896 −8.3%
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.


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, Lincoln – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lincoln 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.

  • Radzilowski, John.Out on the Wind: Poles and Danes in Lincoln County, Minnesota, 1880-1905. Marshall, MN: Crossings Press, 1992. Print.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Yellow Medicine CountyLyon CountyMurray CountyPipestone CountyMoody CountyBrookings CountyDeuel CountyMN LINCOLN.PNG
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 Lincoln 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.

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]

Lincoln County Historical Society
406 Brooks St
Hendricks MN 56136

Lake Benton Area Historical Society
PO Box 267
108 South Center Street
Lake Benton MN
Telephone: 507-368-4480

Southwest Minnesota Historical Center
Social Science 141
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Telephone: 507-537-7373


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, "Lincoln County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lincoln 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), Lincoln County, Minnesota page 365, 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, "Lincoln County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 07 February 2020.