Nicollet County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: St Peter
Organized: March 5, 1853[1]
Parent County(s): Dakota[2]
Neighboring Counties
Blue Earth  • Brown  • Le Sueur  • Renville  • Sibley
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Nicollet County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Nicollet County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Joseph Nicolas Nicollet. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Nicollet County Courthouse
501 S Minnesota Ave
PO Box 493
St Peter, MN 56082
Phone: 507-931-6800
Nicollet County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870, marriage records from 1856, divorce, probate and court records from 1853.
County Recorder has land records.[4]

Nicollet 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 1856 1870 1853 1853 1853 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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships
Ghost towns


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 Nicollet 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 3,778
1870 8,362 121.3%
1880 12,333 47.5%
1890 13,382 8.5%
1900 14,774 10.4%
1910 14,125 −4.4%
1920 15,036 6.4%
1930 16,550 10.1%
1940 18,282 10.5%
1950 20,929 14.5%
1960 23,196 10.8%
1970 24,518 5.7%
1980 26,929 9.8%
1990 28,076 4.3%
2000 29,771 6.0%
2010 32,727 9.9%
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.

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 Nicollet 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Renville CountySibley CountyLe Sueur CountyBlue Earth CountyBrown CountyMN NICOLLET.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 Nicollet 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 Nicollet County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Companies B, E, and K.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies B and M.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.

The following Civil War battle was fought in Nicollet County.

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Nicollet County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

North Mankato Taylor Library
1001 Belgrade Ave
PO Box 2055
North Mankato, MN 56002-2005
507-345-5120
Website

St. Peter Public Library
601 S Washington Ave
St Peter, MN 56082
507-934-7420
Website

Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Mankato State University
Mankato, MN 56001
507-389-1029
E-mail: archives@mnsu.edu
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Nicollet County Historical Society Museums
1851 N Minnesota Ave
St Peter, MN 56082
507-934-2160
E-mail: INFO@NCHSMN.ORG
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Nicollet County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Minnesota Societies.

Nicollet County Historical Society
Treaty Site History Center
1851 N Minnesota Ave
St Peter, MN 56082-1727
507-934-2160
E-mail: info@nchsmn.org
Website

The Research Center at the Nicollet County Historical Society
1851 N Minnesota Ave
St Peter, MN 56082-1727
507-934-2160
E-mail: research@nchsmn.org
Website

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 2/11/2021.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Nicollet County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicollet_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Nicollet County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicollet_County,_Minnesota, accessed 11 February 2020.