Sibley County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Sibley County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Sibley County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1853
County Seat Gaylord
Minnesota, Sibley County Courthouse.png
Address Sibley County Courthouse
400 Court St
PO Box 44
Gaylord, MN 55334
Phone: 507.237.4080
Sibley County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Henry Hastings Sibley. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1860 1856 1860 1870 1855 1870 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Court Adminstration has birth, death and divorce records from 1860,
marriage records from 1856, probate and court records from 1870.
County Recorder has land records from 1855. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1853--Sibley County was created 5 March 1853 from Dakota County.  County seat: Gaylord [4]
  • For a brief history about Sibley County's name, click here, then select Sibley County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1863 Courthouse was destroyed by fire, along with all county records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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]

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 3,609
1870 6,725 86.3%
1880 10,637 58.2%
1890 15,199 42.9%
1900 16,862 10.9%
1910 15,540 −7.8%
1920 15,635 0.6%
1930 15,865 1.5%
1940 16,625 4.8%
1950 15,816 −4.9%
1960 16,228 2.6%
1970 15,845 −2.4%
1980 15,448 −2.5%
1990 14,366 −7.0%
2000 15,356 6.9%
2010 15,226 −0.8%
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.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Gaylord, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

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 Sibley 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]

McLeod CountyRenville CountyNicollet CountyLe Sueur CountyScott CountyCarver CountyMN SIBLEY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Sibley 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 Sibley County.

- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company A.
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 Sibley 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]

Sibley County Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 407
700 Main St
Henderson 56044
Telephone: 507-248-3818

Winthrop Community Historical Society
223 N. Carver Street
Winthrop MN 55396-2231
Telephone: 507-647-2322

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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