Rice County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Faribault
Organized: October 9, 1855[1]
Parent County(s): Dakota, Wabasha[2]
Neighboring Counties
Dakota  • Dodge  • Goodhue  • Le Sueur  • Scott  • Steele  • Waseca
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Rice County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Rice County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Henry Mower Rice (1816–1894), a fur trader and American politician prominent in the statehood of Minnesota. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Rice County Courthouse
320 NW 3rd Street
Faribault, MN 55021-5146
Phone: 507-332-6100
Rice County Website

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

Rice 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 1870 1853 1870 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
Census-designated places
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 Rice 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 7,543
1870 16,083 113.2%
1880 22,481 39.8%
1890 23,968 6.6%
1900 26,080 8.8%
1910 25,911 −0.6%
1920 28,307 9.2%
1930 29,974 5.9%
1940 32,160 7.3%
1950 36,235 12.7%
1960 38,988 7.6%
1970 41,582 6.7%
1980 46,087 10.8%
1990 49,183 6.7%
2000 56,665 15.2%
2010 64,142 13.2%
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 Rice 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]

Scott CountyDakota CountyGoodhue CountyDodge CountySteele CountyWaseca CountyLe Sueur CountyMN RICE.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 Rice 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 Rice County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Companies A and H.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company G.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company B.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
- 2nd Minnesota Company Sharpshooters, Second Company only.

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

Faribault: Buckham Memorial Library
11 Division St E
Faribault, MN 55021
507-334-2089
E-mail: djames@ci.faribault.mn.us
Website

Northfield Public Library
210 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057
507-645-6606
Website

Lonsdale Public Library
1006 Birch St NE
Lonsdale, MN 55046
507-744-3977
Website

Research Library
Rice County Historical Society
1814 NW 2nd Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021
507-332-2121
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Rice County Historical Society
Rice County Museum of History
1814 2nd Avenue NW
Faribault, MN 55021
507-332-2121
Email: rchs@rchistory.org
Website

Alexander Faribault House
12 First Ave NE
Faribault, MN 55021
507-332-2121
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Rice County Historical Society
1814 NW 2nd Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021
507-332-2121
Website

Christdala Church - Christdala Preservation & Cemetery Association
4695 Millersburg Blvd
Forest Township, MN
218-839-4150
Website

Morristown Historical Society
PO Box 113
205 Bloomer St E
Morristown, MN 55052
Email: lisa@karsten.net
Blog
Website

Northfield Historical Society
408 Division St
Northfield, MN 55057
507-645-9268
Email: info@northfieldhistory.org
Website

Trondhjem Community Preservation Society
8501 Garfield Av
PO Box 259
Lonsdale, MN 55046
952-894-3562
Email: historictcps@gmail.com
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 9 February 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 9 February 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Rice County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_County,_Minnesota accessed 9 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 9 February 2021.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 9 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, "Rice County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 9 February 2021.