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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Minnesota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Swift County'''
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Guide to '''Swift County Minnesota genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Swift County, Minnesota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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|organized= March 9, 1875<ref>[https://digital.newberry.org/ahcb/documents/MN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]; accessed 7 March 2021.</ref>
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|county seat= Benson
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|parent county= [[Chippewa County, Minnesota Genealogy|Chippewa]]<ref>[https://digital.newberry.org/ahcb/documents/MN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]; accessed 7 March 2021.</ref>
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|county1= [[Big Stone County, Minnesota Genealogy|Big Stone]]
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|county3= [[Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Genealogy|Kandiyohi]]
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|county4= [[Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota Genealogy|Lac Qui Parle]]
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|county5= [[Pope County, Minnesota Genealogy|Pope]]
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
| county = Swift County
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The County was named for Henry Adoniram Swift, the governor of Minnesota in 1863. The County is located in the west-central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Swift County, Minnesota" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swift_County,_Minnesota'' accessed 7 March 2021 </ref>
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| state = Minnesota
 
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| founded year = 1870
 
| founded date = November 8
 
| seat = Benson
 
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| building address = Swift County Courthouse<br> 301 14th St N<br> PO Box 50<br> Benson, MN 56215<br> Ph. 320.843.3377<br>[http://www.swiftcounty.com/ '''Swift County Website'''] }}
 
  
== County Courthouse ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MN Courthouse Intro|Swift}}
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'''Swift County Courthouse'''<br> 301 14th St N<br> PO Box 50<br> Benson, MN 56215<br>Phone: 320-843-2744<br>[http://www.swiftcounty.com/ Swift County Website] <br><br>
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County Treasurer has birth records from 1870, marriage records from 1871 and death records from 1872. <br>Clerk Courts has divorce, court and probate records. <br>County Recorder has land records. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
<br><br>County Treasurer has birth records from 1870, <br>marriage records from 1871 and death records from 1872. <br>Clerk Courts has divorce, court and probate records. <br>County Recorder has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stevens County, Minnesota page 369, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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=== Swift County, Minnesota Record Dates  ===
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{{MN Record Dates Intro|Swift}}
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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), Minnesota.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Swift County, Minnesota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Swift County, Minnesota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Swift County, Minnesota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Swift County, Minnesota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Swift County, Minnesota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Swift County, Minnesota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Swift County, Minnesota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1870
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1871
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1872
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1871
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1873
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1836
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| colspan="7"| <center>*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.</center>
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== History  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MN Boundary Changes Intro|Swift}}
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* '''Parent counties:''' Created from [[Chippewa County, Minnesota Genealogy|Chippewa]] County November 8, 1870.<ref>[https://digital.newberry.org/ahcb/documents/MN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]; accessed 7 March 2021.</ref>
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* '''Organized date:''' March 9, 1875<ref>[https://digital.newberry.org/ahcb/documents/MN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]; accessed 7 March 2021.</ref>
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* '''County seat:''' Benson<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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* [http://www.mapofus.org/minnesota/ Interactive Map of Minnesota County Formation History] (1790-1897) - animated maps illustrating Minnesota county boundary changes
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* [https://digital.newberry.org/ahcb/documents/MN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]
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*'''1870--'''Swift County was created 8 November 1870&nbsp;from from [[Chippewa County, Minnesota|Chippewa]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat: '''Benson <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Populated Places ===
*For a brief history of how Swift County was named, click [http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/index.cfm here], then select Swift County.
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{{MN Populated Places Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://minnesota.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,151,c,swift.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Swift County, Minnesota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swift_County,_Minnesota, accessed 7 March 2021.</ref>
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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{{Populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleton,_Minnesota Appleton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benson,_Minnesota Benson]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clontarf,_Minnesota Clontarf]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danvers,_Minnesota Danvers]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Graff,_Minnesota De Graff]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holloway,_Minnesota Holloway]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerkhoven,_Minnesota Kerkhoven]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murdock,_Minnesota Murdock]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield,_Minnesota Fairfield]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swift_Falls,_Minnesota Swift Falls]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleton_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Appleton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benson_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Benson]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Lake_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Camp Lake]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashel_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Cashel]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clontarf_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Clontarf]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Dublin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Edison]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Fairfield]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayes_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Hayes]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hegbert_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Hegbert]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerkhoven_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Kerkhoven]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kildare_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Kildare]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysland_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Marysland]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moyer_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Moyer]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillsbury_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Pillsbury]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shible_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Shible]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Mile_Grove_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Six Mile Grove]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swenoda_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Swenoda]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tara_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Tara]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torning_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota Torning]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bank_Township,_Swift_County,_Minnesota West Bank]
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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{MN Historical Timeline Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{MN Resources Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MN Bible Intro|Swift}}
  
*[[Big Stone County, Minnesota|Big Stone]]
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=== Biographies  ===
*[[Chippewa County, Minnesota|Chippewa]]
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{{MN Biographies Intro|Swift}}
*[[Kandiyohi County, Minnesota|Kandiyohi]]
 
*[[Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota|Lac Qui Parle]]
 
*[[Pope County, Minnesota|Pope]]
 
*[[Stevens County, Minnesota|Stevens]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MN Business Records Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MN Cemeteries Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Church ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Swift County, Minnesota''' online and in print</center>
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Minnesota&cemetery_county=Swift&year_range=5&size=15  BillionGraves]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/search?firstname=&middlename=&lastname=&birthyear=&birthyearfilter=&deathyear=&deathyearfilter=&location=Swift%2C+County%2C+Minnesota%2C+United+States+of+America&locationId=county_1385  Find A Grave]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/mn/swift.htm  Interment.net]
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* [https://minnesotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=76  Minnesota Gravestones]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/minnesota/swift.htm MN Tombstone Transcription Project]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/mn/swift/swift.html USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' [[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |(Often more complete)]]</center>
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* {{FHL|586353|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Swift+Minnesota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394290&reqParentsLabel=Swift%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/search?cemetery-name=&cemetery-loc=Swift%2C+County%2C+Minnesota%2C+United+States+of+America&only-with-cemeteries=cemOnly&locationId=county_1385 Find A Grave]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See [[Minnesota Cemeteries|Minnesota Cemeteries]] for more information.<center>
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{{MN Church Intro}}
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=== Census Records ===
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{{MN Census Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Court  ====
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swift_County,_Minnesota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1880 |7473
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|1890 |10161
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|1900 |13503
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|1910 |12949
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|1920 |15093
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|1930 |14735
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|1940 |15469
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|1950 |15837
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|1960 |14936
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|1970 |13177
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|1980 |12920
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|1990 |10724
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|2000 |11956
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|2010 |9783
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==== Land  ====
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'''State Census'''<br>
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* '''1835-1890''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3555/ Minnesota, U.S., Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1835-1890] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1849-1905''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1058/ Minnesota, U.S., Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1865''' {{RecordSearch|1503054|Minnesota State Census, 1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota State Census, 1865 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
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* '''1875''' {{RecordSearch|1503053|Minnesota State Census, 1875}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota State Census, 1875 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
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* '''1885''' {{RecordSearch|1503044|Minnesota State Census, 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota State Census, 1885 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
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* '''1905''' {{RecordSearch|1503056|Minnesota State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota State Census, 1905 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MN Church Intro|Swift}}
  
{{MN History Intro}}
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394290&reqParentsLabel=Swift%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
==== Maps ====
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'''''Lutheran Church'''''
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'''1781-1969''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60722/?clickref=1011ldrarFJZ&o_lid=01100l4xJr&o_sch=Affiliate%2BExternal&o_xid=01100l4xJr U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
  
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MN Court Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{MN Directories Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{MN Emigration Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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* '''1912-1956''' {{RecordSearch|2426329|Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists, 1912-1956}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images.
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{MN Ethnic Groups Intro|Swift}}
  
{{MN Tax Intro}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{MN Funeral Homes Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{MN Genealogies Intro|Swift}}
  
{{MN Vital Intro}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MN Guardianship Intro|Swift}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MN Land Intro|Swift}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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''Online Land Indexes and Records''<br>
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* '''Pre-1908''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2076/ Minnesota, U.S., Homestead and Cash Entry Patents, Pre-1908] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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*''Standard atlas of Swift County, Minnesota : including a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county''. Alden Publisher, Chicago 1907. [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/556475-standard-atlas-of-swift-county-minnesota-including-a-plat-book-of-the-villages-cities-and-townships-of-the-county?offset=5 FamilySearch Digital Library]
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{MN Histories Intro|Swift}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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*Peterson, Clarence Stewart.  ''Swift County's first pioneers : Minnesota territorial centennial, 1849-1949.'' Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/324447-swift-county-s-first-pioneers-minnesota-territorial-centennial-1849-1949?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library], [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100954590 HathiTrust].
  
*[http://genforum.com/mn/swift/ Swift County, MN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
*{{FHL|Minnesota%2C+Swift|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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{{MN Maps Intro|Swift}}
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mnswift/ Swift County, MNGenWeb]
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{{MN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MN Swift County}}}}
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* [http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/view/search?search=SUBMIT&cat=0&q=minnesota%2c+swift&dateRangeStart=&dateRangeEnd=&sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&QuickSearchA=QuickSearchA Minnesota Maps] at [https://www.davidrumsey.com/home David Rumsey Map Collection]
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*''Standard atlas of Swift County, Minnesota : including a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county''. Alden Publisher, Chicago 1907.  [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/556475-standard-atlas-of-swift-county-minnesota-including-a-plat-book-of-the-villages-cities-and-townships-of-the-county?offset=5 FamilySearch Digital Library]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394290&reqParentsLabel=Swift%2C%20Minnesota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
  
== References  ==
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=== Migration ===
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{{MN Migration Intro|Swift}}
  
<references />
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=== Military Records ===
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{{MN Military Intro|Swift}}
  
{{Minnesota|Minnesota}}  
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'''''Multiple Wars'''''
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* '''1861-1917''' {{RecordSearch|1471019|United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[United States, Civil War and Later Pension Files Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; Free index, images ($)
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* '''1898-1899''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/4816/ Minnesota Volunteers in the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
  
[[Category:Swift_County,_Minnesota]]
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'''''Civil War'''''
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* '''1861-1865''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1138/ U.S., Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1861-1865''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1715/ Minnesota, U.S., Civil War Records, 1861-1865] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1861-1865''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3729/ Minnesota Civil War Soldiers] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1861-1934''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/4654/ U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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'''''Spanish-American War'''''<br>
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* '''1898''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2400/  U.S., Spanish American War Volunteers Index to Compiled Military Service Records, 1898]  at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1898-1899''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6070/ Minnesota, U.S., Spanish American War Muster Rolls and Casualty Lists, 1898-1899] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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'''''World War I'''''<br>
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* '''1917-1918''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3172/ U.S., World War I Civilian Draft Registrations, 1917-1918] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
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* '''1917-1918''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6482/ U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1918-1941''' {{RecordSearch|2421524|Minnesota, World War I Records, 1918-1941}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, World War I Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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'''''World War II'''''<br>
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* '''1940-1947''' {{RecordSearch|2759155|Minnesota, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, World War II Draft Registration Cards - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1940-1947''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2238/ U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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* '''1942''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1002/ U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; Free index
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{MN Naturalization Intro|Swift}}
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''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''<br>
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* '''1849-1985''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70800/ Web: Minnesota, U.S., Naturalization Index, 1849-1985] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
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* '''1872-1962''' {{RecordSearch|2632486|Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1872-1962}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1880-1920''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61202/ Minnesota, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1880-1920] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1918''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70801/ Web: Minnesota, U.S., Alien Registration Index, 1918] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MN Newspapers Intro|Swift}}
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* [https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/browse.jsp Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub] at [https://www.mnhs.org/ Minnesota Historical Society]; narrow to county or city, search for surname, limit by date.
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MN Obituaries Intro|Swift}}
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* '''1865-2006''' {{RecordSearch|2469546|Minnesota, Obituaries 1865-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, Obituaries - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1891-2003''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70827/ Web: Minnesota, U.S., Obituary Index, 1891-2003] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MN Other Records Intro|Swift}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MN Periodicals Intro|Swift}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MN Probate Intro|Swift}}
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''Online Probate Indexes and Records''<br>
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* '''1801-1925''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9070 Minnesota, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1925] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]; index and images ($)
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* '''1849-1985''' {{RecordSearch|1607922|Minnesota Will Records, 1849-1985}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota Will Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; Three Minnesota counties are not in this collection: Hennepin, Marshall, and St. Louis.
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=== School Records ===
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{{MN Schools Intro|Swift}}
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=== Social Security Records ===
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*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
 +
*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($); index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MN Tax Intro|Swift}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MN Vital Intro|Swift}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{MN Birth Intro|Swift}}
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* '''1840-1980''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2550/ Minnesota, U.S., Births and Christenings Index, 1840-1980] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1900-1934''' [https://www.mnhs.org/search/people Minnesota People Records Search - Births] at Minnesota Historical Society - free index, images ($)
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* '''1900-1934''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10828/minnesota-birth-index-1900-1934?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=feb20historicalrecords&utm_content=feb20historicalrecords Minnesota, Birth Index, 1900-1934] at [https://www.myheritage.com MyHeritage]; index ($)
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* '''1935-2000''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8742/ Minnesota, U.S., Birth Index, 1935-2000] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MN Marriage Intro|Swift}}
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* '''1850-2019''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70873/ Web: Minnesota, U.S., Marriages from the Minnesota Official Marriage System, 1850-2019] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] (Free collection)
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* '''1860-1949''' {{RecordSearch|1803974|Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1885-present''' [https://moms.mn.gov/ Minnesota Official Marriage System] at [https://moms.mn.gov/LearnMore MOMS.mn.gov]; search by county, name or date, and request copy.
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* '''1970-2003''' [https://www.archives.com/genealogy/records-minnesota-marriage-index.html Minnesota Marriage Records Index, 1970-2003] at [https://www.archives.com/genealogy/ Archives] ($)
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* '''1976-2003''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10210/minnesota-marriages-1976-2003?s=275764761 Minnesota, Marriages, 1976-2003] at [https://www.myheritage.com MyHeritage]; index ($)
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==== Death ====
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{{MN Death Intro|Swift}}
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* '''1850-2001''' {{RecordSearch|2185953|Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota, County Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1887-2001''' {{RecordSearch|3398461|Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — [[Minnesota Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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* '''1904-2001''' [https://www.mnhs.org/search/people Minnesota People Records Search - Deaths] at Minnesota Historical Society - free index, images ($)
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* '''1904-2001''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10859/minnesota-death-index-1904-2001?utm_source=organic_blog&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=supersearch&tr_funnel=supersearch&tr_country=US&tr_creative=feb20historicalrecords&utm_content=feb20historicalrecords Minnesota, Death Index, 1904-2001] at [https://www.myheritage.com MyHeritage]; index ($)
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* '''1908-2017''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7316/ Minnesota, U.S., Death Index, 1908-2017] at [https://ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MN Divorce Intro|Swift}}
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* '''1970-1995''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1081/ Minnesota, U.S., Divorce Index, 1970-1995] at [https://ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry] ($)
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* '''1970-2003''' [https://www.archives.com/genealogy/records-minnesota-divorce-index.html Minnesota Divorce Records Index, 1970-2003] at [https://www.archives.com/genealogy/ Archives] ($)
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MN Research Facilities Intro|Swift}}
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=== Archives ===
 +
{{MN Archives Intro|Swift}}
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 +
=== Family History Centers ===
 +
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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 +
=== Libraries ===
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{{MN Libraries Intro|Swift}}
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'''Pioneerland Library System'''<br>Main Location:<br>410 5th Street SW<br>Willmar, MN 56201<br>320-235-6106<br> Benson Branch<br> Appleton Branch<br> Kerkhoven Branch<br>[https://www.pioneerland.lib.mn.us/member-libraries Website]<br><br>
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 +
=== Museums ===
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{{MN Museums Intro|Swift}}
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 +
'''Swift County Historical Museum'''<br>2135 Minnesota Ave<br>Benson, MN 56215<br>320-843-4467<br>E-mail: [mailto:swiftmuseum@embarqmail.com swiftmuseum@embarqmail.com]<br>
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[https://sites.google.com/site/mnvhlc/home/swift-county/swift-county-historical-society Website]<br><br>
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== Societies ==
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{{MN Societies Intro|Swift}}
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 +
'''Swift County Historical Society'''<br>2135 Minnesota Ave #2<br>Benson, MN 56215<br>320-843-4467<br>Email: [mailto:swiftmuseum@embarqmail.com swiftmuseum@embarqmail.com]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/swiftmuseum Facebook]<b><br>
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== Websites ==
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{{MN Websites Intro|Swift}}
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* [https://www.mnhs.org/research Research] at [https://www.mnhs.org/ Minnesota Historical Society] — links to Records and Indexes; See also [[Minnesota Historical Society|MHS Wiki Page]]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/mn/swift/swift.html Swift County], a member of [http://usgwarchives.net/mn/ MNGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://swift.mngenweb.net/ Swift County], a member of [http://www.mngenweb.net/index.htm The MNGenWeb Project], an affiliate of [http://www.usgenweb.org/ The USGenWeb Project].
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* [https://www.ironrangeresearchcenter.org/search/ Iron Range Research Center]
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* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/mn/counties/swift/ Cyndi's List: Swift County]
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* [http://genealogytrails.com/minn/swift Minnesota Genealogy Trails]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|201693|Minnesota|Swift}} – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
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 +
== Research Guides ==
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{{MN Research Guides Intro|Swift}}
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== References ==
 +
<references />
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{{Minnesota|Minnesota}}
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[[Category:Swift County, Minnesota]][[Category:Minnesota Counties]]

Revision as of 15:55, 19 May 2021

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

County Facts
County seat: Benson
Organized: March 9, 1875[1]
Parent County(s): Chippewa[2]
Neighboring Counties
Big Stone  • Chippewa  • Kandiyohi  • Lac Qui Parle  • Pope  • Stevens
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Swift County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Swift County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Henry Adoniram Swift, the governor of Minnesota in 1863. The County is located in the west-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Swift County Courthouse
301 14th St N
PO Box 50
Benson, MN 56215
Phone: 320-843-2744
Swift County Website

County Treasurer has birth records from 1870, marriage records from 1871 and death records from 1872.
Clerk Courts has divorce, court and probate records.
County Recorder has land records. [4]

Swift 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 1871 1872 1874 1871 1873 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
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 Swift 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.
1880 7,473
1890 10,161 36.0%
1900 13,503 32.9%
1910 12,949 −4.1%
1920 15,093 16.6%
1930 14,735 −2.4%
1940 15,469 5.0%
1950 15,837 2.4%
1960 14,936 −5.7%
1970 13,177 −11.8%
1980 12,920 −2.0%
1990 10,724 −17.0%
2000 11,956 11.5%
2010 9,783 −18.2%
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 Church 1781-1969 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969 at Ancestry ($)

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 Swift 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]

Big Stone CountyStevens CountyPope CountyKandiyohi CountyChippewa CountyLac qui Parle CountySouth DakotaMN SWIFT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

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

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Pioneerland Library System
Main Location:
410 5th Street SW
Willmar, MN 56201
320-235-6106
Benson Branch
Appleton Branch
Kerkhoven Branch
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Swift County Historical Museum
2135 Minnesota Ave
Benson, MN 56215
320-843-4467
E-mail: swiftmuseum@embarqmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Swift County Historical Society
2135 Minnesota Ave #2
Benson, MN 56215
320-843-4467
Email: swiftmuseum@embarqmail.com
Facebook

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 7 March 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 7 March 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Swift County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swift_County,_Minnesota accessed 7 March 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 7 March 2021.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 7 March 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, "Swift County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swift_County,_Minnesota, accessed 7 March 2021.