Sibley County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Gaylord
Organized: March 2, 1854[1]
Parent County(s): Dakota
Neighboring Counties
Carver  • Le Sueur  • McLeod  • Nicollet  • Renville  • Scott
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

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.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sibley County Courthouse
400 Court St
PO Box 44
Gaylord, MN 55334
Phone: 507-237-4051
Sibley County Website

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]

Sibley 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[4]
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.

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:

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:[7]

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 Sibley 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 3,609
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: "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 Sibley 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]

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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 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.

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Gaylord Public Library
428 Main Ave
PO Box 797
Gaylord, MN 55334
507-237-2280
Website

The Sibley County Library System TDS includes the following libraries:
Website

Henderson Public Library Website
Arlington Public Library Website
Gaylord Public Library Website
Winthrop Public Library Website
Gibbon Public Library Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Sibley County Historical Society and Museum
P.O Box 407
700 Main St
Henderson, MN 56044
507-248-3434
E-mail:schs1@frontiernet.net
Website

Winthrop Historical Society Museum
223 N Carver
Winthrop, MN 55396
507-766-0895
Email: winthrophistorylives@gmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Sibley County Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 407
700 Main St
Henderson, MN 56044
507-248-3434
E-mail: schs1@frontiernet.net
Website

Winthrop Historical Society Museum
223 N Carver
Winthrop, MN 55396
507-766-0895
Email: winthrophistorylives@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 2 March 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Sibley County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibley_County,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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 2 March 2021.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Sibley County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibley_County,_Minnesota, accessed 19 February 2020.