Swift County, Minnesota Genealogy

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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.

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]

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  • 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.