Meeker County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Litchfield
Organized: August 12, 1858[1]
Parent County(s): Davis (Extinct)[2]
Neighboring Counties
Kandiyohi  • McLeod  • Renville  • Stearns  • Wright
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Meeker County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Meeker County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Bradley B. Meeker, an associate justice of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court from 1849 to 1853. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Meeker County Courthouse
325 N Shibley Ave
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: 320-693-5230
Meeker County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, divorce and court records from 1870, probate records from 1858, school records, naturalization records from 1884.
Court Recorder has land record.[4]

Meeker 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]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1870 1870 1870 1856 1858 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]

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:[9]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Meeker 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.
1860 928
1870 6,090 556.3%
1880 11,739 92.8%
1890 15,456 31.7%
1900 17,753 14.9%
1910 17,022 −4.1%
1920 18,103 6.4%
1930 17,914 −1.0%
1940 19,277 7.6%
1950 18,966 −1.6%
1960 18,887 −0.4%
1970 18,387 −2.6%
1980 20,594 12.0%
1990 20,846 1.2%
2000 22,644 8.6%
2010 23,300 2.9%
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 Meeker 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.

  • Album of History and Biography of Meeker County, Minnesota (Chicago: Alden Ogle & Company, 1888) Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, HathiTrust, Internet Archive, Google Books.
  • Lamson, Frank B.; Condensed History of Meeker County (Minn.) 1855-1939 (Litchfield, Minnesota: Brown Printing Company) Online at FamilySearch Digital Library; Indexed at Ancestry ($).
  • Smith, A.C.; Smith, Henry L.; A Random Historical Sketch of Meeker County, Minnesota: from its first settlement, to July 4th, 1876 (Litchfield, Minn.: Belfoy & Joubert, Pulishers, 1877) At FamilySearch Catalog; Scroll down to Film/Digital Notes then select the camera icon to view images. Also available online at HathiTrust; Indexed at Ancestry ($).

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Stearns CountyWright CountyMcLeod CountyRenville CountyKandiyohi CountyMN MEEKER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men from Meeker 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 Freeborn County.

- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company D.

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 Meeker County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Meeker County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Cosmos Public Library
230 Milky Way S
PO Box 595
Cosmos, MN 56228
320-440-1012
Website

Dassel Public Library
460 3rd Street N
PO Box 385
Dassel, MN 55325
320-275-3756
Website

Grove City Public Library
210 Atlantic Ave W
PO Box 248
Grove City, MN 56243
320-857-2550
Website

Litchfield Public Library
216 N Marshall Ave
Litchfield MN 55355
320-693-2483
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Meeker County Museum and G.A.R. Hall
308 Marshall Ave N
Litchfield, MN 55355
320-693-8911
Email: director@meekercomuseum.org
Website

Dassel History Center & Ergot Museum
901 1st Street N
PO Box D
Dassel, MN 55325
320-275-3077
E-mail: dahs@dassel.com
Website

Forest City Stockade
64974 309th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
320-693-6782 or 320-699-1167
E-mail: dave@forestcitystockade.org
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Meeker County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Minnesota Societies.
Meeker County Historical Society
308 N Marshall Ave
Litchfield, MN 55355-2112
320-693-9811
E-mail: staff@meekercomuseum.org
Website

Dassel Area Historical Society
901 1st Street N
Dassel, MN
320-275-3077
Email: dahs@dassel.com
Website

Grove City Area Historical Society
PO Box 252
205 3rd Street S
Grove City, MN 56243
320-857-9422

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; accessed 1 February 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1 February 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Meeker County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meeker_County,_Minnesota accessed 1 February 2021
  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; accessed 1 February 2021.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1 February 2021.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Meeker County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meeker_County,_Minnesota, accessed 1 February 2021.