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Swift County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Swift County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Swift County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded November 8, 1870
County Seat Benson
Address Swift County Courthouse
301 14th St N
PO Box 50
Benson, MN 56215
Ph. 320.843.3377
Swift County Website

County Information

Swift County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1871 1871 1870 1850 1871 1873

County Courthouse

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. [2]


Parent County

  • 1870--Swift County was created 8 November 1870 from from Chippewa County.  County seat: Benson [3]
  • For a brief history of how Swift County was named, click here, then select Swift County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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.

St. John's Lutheran Church

  • Records of the St. John's Lutheran Church, Holloway, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).



The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Swift 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.





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


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


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

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.

Societies and Libraries

Swift County Historical Society
Rt. 2 Box 4d2
Benson 56215

Swift County Historical Society
2135 Minnesota Avenue
Benson, MN 56215
Phone:(320) 843-4467

Family History Centers

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.

Web Sites


  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 385-403. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stevens County, Minnesota page 369, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).