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| building address = Stearns County Courthouse<br> 705 Courthouse Sq <br>St. Cloud, MN 56303<br> Phone: 320.656.3855 <br>[http://www.co.stearns.mn.us/ '''Stearns County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Stearns County Courthouse<br> 705 Courthouse Sq <br>St. Cloud, MN 56303<br> Phone: 320.656.3855 <br>[http://www.co.stearns.mn.us/ '''Stearns County Website'''] }}  
=== County Information ===  
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===County Information===  
  
==== Description ====   
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====Description====   
  
 
The County was named for Charles Thomas Stearns who was a member of the Territorial Council. The County is located in the central area of the state.
 
The County was named for Charles Thomas Stearns who was a member of the Territorial Council. The County is located in the central area of the state.
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stearns County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| colspan="7" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |<center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stearns County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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== County Courthouse ==
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==County Courthouse==
  
<br><br>Court Adminostratpr has divorce, probate and court records.<br>County Recorder has land records. <br>License Center has birth, marriage and death records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stearns County, Minnesota page 368, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br><br>Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records.<br>County Recorder has land records. <br>License Center has birth, marriage and death records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stearns County, Minnesota page 368, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History ==
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==History==
  
==== Parent County ====
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====Parent County====
  
*'''1855--'''Stearns County was created 20 February 1855&nbsp;from [[Cass County, Minnesota Genealogy|Cass]], [[Nicollet County, Minnesota Genealogy|Nicollet]], Pierce (Eliminated 20 Feb 1862), and [[Sibley County, Minnesota Genealogy|Sibley]]&nbsp;Counties.  
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*'''1855--'''Stearns County was created 20 February 1855&nbsp;from [[Cass County, Minnesota Genealogy|Cass]], [[Nicollet County, Minnesota Genealogy|Nicollet]], Pierce (Eliminated 20 Feb 1862), and [[Sibley County, Minnesota Genealogy|Sibley]]&nbsp;Counties.
*'''County seat:''' St. Cloud <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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*'''County seat:''' St. Cloud <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
*For a brief history of Stearns County's name, click [http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/index.cfm here], then select Stearns County.
 
*For a brief history of Stearns County's name, click [http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/index.cfm here], then select Stearns County.
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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====Boundary Changes====
  
==== Record Loss ====
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====Record Loss====
  
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities ==
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==Places/Localities==
  
==== Populated Places ====
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====Populated Places====
  
 
'''Cities:''' Avon | Sartell | Spring Hill | St. Cloud | St. Joseph  
 
'''Cities:''' Avon | Sartell | Spring Hill | St. Cloud | St. Joseph  
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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====Neighboring Counties====
  
*[[Benton County, Minnesota Genealogy|Benton]]  
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*[[Benton County, Minnesota Genealogy|Benton]]
*[[Douglas County, Minnesota Genealogy|Douglas]]  
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*[[Douglas County, Minnesota Genealogy|Douglas]]
*[[Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Genealogy|Kandiyohi]]  
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*[[Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Genealogy|Kandiyohi]]
*[[Meeker County, Minnesota Genealogy|Meeker]]  
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*[[Meeker County, Minnesota Genealogy|Meeker]]
*[[Morrison County, Minnesota Genealogy|Morrison]]  
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*[[Morrison County, Minnesota Genealogy|Morrison]]
*[[Pope County, Minnesota Genealogy|Pope]]  
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*[[Pope County, Minnesota Genealogy|Pope]]
*[[Sherburne County, Minnesota Genealogy|Sherburne]]  
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*[[Sherburne County, Minnesota Genealogy|Sherburne]]
*[[Todd County, Minnesota Genealogy|Todd]]<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1231635300890_292" />  
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*[[Todd County, Minnesota Genealogy|Todd]]<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1231635300890_292" />
 
*[[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy|Wright]]
 
*[[Wright County, Minnesota Genealogy|Wright]]
  
== Resources ==
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==Resources==
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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====Cemeteries====
  
 
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" |'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" |'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|474525|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |{{FHL|474525|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Minnesota/Stearns-County?id=county_1382 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Minnesota/Stearns-County?id=county_1382 Findagrave.com]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/mn/stearns/stearns.html MNGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://usgwarchives.net/mn/stearns/stearns.html MNGenWeb Archives]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Stearns+Minnesota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Stearns+Minnesota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/minnesota/stearns.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/minnesota/stearns.htm Tombstone Project]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/mn/stearns.htm MNInterment]
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| colspan="3" bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |See [[Minnesota Cemeteries| Minnesota Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
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==== Census ====
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====Census====
 
'''State Census'''
 
'''State Census'''
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*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1503054|Minnesota State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1503054|Minnesota State Census, 1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1503044|Minnesota State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1503044|Minnesota State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1503056|Minnesota State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1503056|Minnesota State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
==== Church ====
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====Church====
  
 
{{MN Church Intro}}
 
{{MN Church Intro}}
  
==== Court ====
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====Court====
  
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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====Emigration and Immigration====
  
 
*'''1912 - 1956''' - {{RecordSearch|2426329|Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists, 1912-1956}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1912 - 1956''' - {{RecordSearch|2426329|Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists, 1912-1956}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
==== Land ====
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====Land====
  
 
{{MN Land|Stearns}}  
 
{{MN Land|Stearns}}  
  
==== Local Histories ====
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====Local Histories====
  
 
{{MN History Intro}}  
 
{{MN History Intro}}  
  
*William Bell Mitchell, ''History of Stearns County, Minnesota''. Chicago&nbsp;: H.C. Cooper, Jr., 1915<br>  
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*William Bell Mitchell, ''History of Stearns County, Minnesota''. Chicago&nbsp;: H.C. Cooper, Jr., 1915<br>
 
*Newton Horace Winchell, ''History of the Upper Mississippi Valley''. Minneapolis: Minnesota Historical Co., 1881<br>
 
*Newton Horace Winchell, ''History of the Upper Mississippi Valley''. Minneapolis: Minnesota Historical Co., 1881<br>
  
==== Maps ====
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====Maps====
 
{{MN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MN Stearns County}}}}
 
{{MN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MN Stearns County}}}}
  
==== Military ====
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====Military====
  
===== '''Civil War''' =====
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====='''Civil War'''=====
  
 
Civil War service men from Stearns 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 Stearns County.  
 
Civil War service men from Stearns 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 Stearns County.  
  
:- [[1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers)|1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers)]], Company D.  
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:- [[1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers)|1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers)]], Company D.
:- [[1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Companies D and E.  
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:- [[1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Companies D and E.
:- [[3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company I.  
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company I.
:- [[4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Companies D and G.  
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:- [[4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Companies D and G.
:- [[7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company I.  
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:- [[7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company I.
:- [[9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company G  
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:- [[9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry|9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry]], Company G
 
:- [[Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry|Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry]], Company E.
 
:- [[Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry|Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry]], Company E.
  
==== Newspapers ====
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====Newspapers====
  
 
{{MN Newspaper abstracts|Stearns}}  
 
{{MN Newspaper abstracts|Stearns}}  
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All newspapers are available on microfilm at [http://archives.stearns-museum.org Stearns History Museum]  
 
All newspapers are available on microfilm at [http://archives.stearns-museum.org Stearns History Museum]  
  
*''St. Cloud Times'', 1861-2011 (weekly and daily)  
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*''St. Cloud Times'', 1861-2011 (weekly and daily)
 
*''Der Nordstern'', 17 Feb 1876 - 27 Aug 1931 (1886 is missing)
 
*''Der Nordstern'', 17 Feb 1876 - 27 Aug 1931 (1886 is missing)
  
==== Obituaries ====
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====Obituaries====
  
 
*'''1865 - 2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2469546|Minnesota Obituaries 1865-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]— index and images
 
*'''1865 - 2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2469546|Minnesota Obituaries 1865-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]— index and images
  
==== Probate ====
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====Probate====
  
 
{{MN Probate Intro}}
 
{{MN Probate Intro}}
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1801 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9070 Minnesota Wills and Probate Records 1801-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*'''1801 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9070 Minnesota Wills and Probate Records 1801-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
==== Taxation ====
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====Taxation====
  
 
{{MN Tax Intro}}  
 
{{MN Tax Intro}}  
  
==== Vital Records ====
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====Vital Records====
  
 
{{MN Vital Intro}}
 
{{MN Vital Intro}}
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=====Marriage=====
 
=====Marriage=====
  
*'''1860 - 1949''' {{RecordSearch|1803974|Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images  
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*'''1860 - 1949''' {{RecordSearch|1803974|Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
=====Death=====
 
=====Death=====
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*'''1850-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2185953|Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1850-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2185953|Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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<br>
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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==Societies and Libraries==
  
 
'''Albany Historical Society'''<br> Box 25<br> Albany, MN 56307<br><br>
 
'''Albany Historical Society'''<br> Box 25<br> Albany, MN 56307<br><br>
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
 
*[[St Cloud Minnesota Family History Center]]
 
*[[St Cloud Minnesota Family History Center]]
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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====Family History Centers ====
  
 
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
 
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
  
== Websites ==
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==Websites==
  
*[http://archives.stearns-museum.org Stearns History&nbsp;Museum Archives]  
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*[http://archives.stearns-museum.org Stearns History&nbsp;Museum Archives]
*[http://genforum.com/mn/stearns/ Stearns County, MN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
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*[http://genforum.com/mn/stearns/ Stearns County, MN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
 
*{{FHL|Minnesota%2C+Stearns|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Minnesota%2C+Stearns|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
== References ==
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==References==
  
 
<references />  
 
<references />  

Revision as of 17:34, 14 July 2019

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


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Stearns County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Stearns County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 20, 1855
County Seat St. Cloud
Courthouse
Address Stearns County Courthouse
705 Courthouse Sq
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Phone: 320.656.3855
Stearns County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Charles Thomas Stearns who was a member of the Territorial Council. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1870 1870 1857 1855 1859 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]



Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.
License Center has birth, marriage and death records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1855--Stearns County was created 20 February 1855 from Cass, Nicollet, Pierce (Eliminated 20 Feb 1862), and Sibley Counties.
  • County seat: St. Cloud [4]
  • For a brief history of Stearns County's name, click here, then select Stearns 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]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities: Avon | Sartell | Spring Hill | St. Cloud | St. Joseph

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
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MNGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
MNInterment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit 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.

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:

MINNESOTA, Stearns – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Stearns 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.

  • William Bell Mitchell, History of Stearns County, Minnesota. Chicago : H.C. Cooper, Jr., 1915
  • Newton Horace Winchell, History of the Upper Mississippi Valley. Minneapolis: Minnesota Historical Co., 1881

Maps[edit | edit source]

Wright CountySherburne CountyBenton CountyMorrison CountyTodd CountyDouglas CountyPope CountyKandiyohi CountyMeeker CountyMN STEARNS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Stearns 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 Stearns County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company D.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies D and E.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies D and G.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company E.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Stearns County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

All newspapers are available on microfilm at Stearns History Museum

  • St. Cloud Times, 1861-2011 (weekly and daily)
  • Der Nordstern, 17 Feb 1876 - 27 Aug 1931 (1886 is missing)

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 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]

Albany Historical Society
Box 25
Albany, MN 56307

Stearns County Historical Society
Stearns History Museum
235 33rd Ave S
Saint Cloud MN 56301-3752
Telephone: 320-253-8424
Website

Paynesville Historical Society
PO Box 35
Paynesville MN 56362
Telephone: 320-243-7547

Kimball Area Historical Society
PO Box 100
Kimball MN 55353-0100
Telephone: 320-398-5250 or 1-800-252-2521

Melrose Area Historical Society
518 E 2nd St S
Melrose MN 56352-1414
Telephone: 320-256-4996 or 320 256-3933
Website

Sauk Centre Area Historical Society
430 Main St S
Sauk Centre MN 56378-1509
Telephone: 320-351-8777


Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Stearns County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearns_County,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stearns 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), Stearns 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).