Sherburne County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Sherburne County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Sherburne County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 25, 1856
County Seat Elk River
Minnesota, Sherburne County Courthouse.png
Address Sherburne County Courthouse
13880 Hwy 10
Elk River, MN 55330-4601
Phone: 763.241.2915
Sherburne County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Moses Sherburne, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Minnesota Territory. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1858 1870 1877 1856 1893 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Court Administrator has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1858, divorce records from 1884,
probate records from 1893 and court records from 1877.
County Recorder has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1856--Sherburne County was created 25 February 1856 from Benton County.  County seat: Elk River [4]
  • For a brief history of how Cherburne County was named, click here, then select Sherburne 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]

Clear Lake

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Clear Lake, Minnesota

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]

Unincorporated communities

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 Family History Library
MNGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 723
1870 2,050 183.5%
1880 3,855 88.0%
1890 5,908 53.3%
1900 7,281 23.2%
1910 8,136 11.7%
1920 9,651 18.6%
1930 9,709 0.6%
1940 10,456 7.7%
1950 10,661 2.0%
1960 12,861 20.6%
1970 18,344 42.6%
1980 29,908 63.0%
1990 41,945 40.2%
2000 64,417 53.6%
2010 88,499 37.4%
Source: "".

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:


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Sherburne 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]

Benton CountyMille Lacs CountyIsanti CountyAnoka CountyHennepin CountyWright CountyStearns CountyMN SHERBURNE.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 Sherburne 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 Indexes and 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 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]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Sherburne History Center Historical Society
10775 27th Ave SE
Becker, MN 55308
Telephone: 763-261-4433

Sherburn Area Historical Society
333 Fox Lake Ave Apt 6
Sherburn MN 56171-9651
Telephone: 507-764-2766

Sherburn Historical Society
410 N. Prairie
Sherburn 56171

Sherburne County Historical Society
13122 First Street
Becker 55308

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

FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

Sherburne History Center
10775 27th Ave SE
Becker, MN 55308

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Sherburne County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sherburne 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), Sherburne County, Minnesota page 368, 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, "Sherburne County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 19 February 2020.