Todd County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Todd County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Todd County
Location in the state of Minnesota, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855
County Seat Long Prairie
Address Todd County Courthouse
215 1st Ave S
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Todd County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1869 1867 1870 1850 1867 1876

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


Clerk District Court has divorce records from 1880,
court records from 1874 and probate records.
County Records has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1867, land records, school census from 1914. [2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1855--Todd County was created 20 February 1855 from Cass County.  County seat: Long Prairie [3]
  • For a brief history of Todd County's name, click here, then select Todd 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 [4][edit | edit source]

[edit | edit source]
  • Bertha
  • Browerville
  • Burtrum
  • Clarissa
  • Eagle Bend
  • Grey Eagle
  • Hewitt
  • Long Prairie
  • Osakis
  • Staples
  • West Union
Townships[edit | edit source]
  • Bartlett
  • Bertha
  • Birchdale
  • Bruce
  • Burleene
  • Burnhamville
  • Eagle Valley
  • Fawn Lake
  • Germania
  • Gordon
  • Grey Eagle
  • Hartford
  • Iona
  • Kandota
  • Leslie
  • Little Elk
  • Little Sauk
  • Long Prairie
  • Moran
  • Reynolds
  • Round Prairie
  • Staples
  • Stowe Prairie
  • Turtle Creek
  • Villard
  • Ward
  • West Union
  • Wykeham

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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]

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The 1913-1914 Farmer's Directory of Todd County is included in:

  • Webb Publishing Co. of St. Paul, MN. Collection of Minnesota County Atlases, #175, Roll 8. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 1913-1914. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

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:


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Todd 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.

  • Hendrickson, A.H., O.B. DeLaurier, and John H. Sheets. Todd County, Minnesota, Histories: Containing Reproductions of the Original Histories of Todd County Written by John H. Sheets, A. H. Hendrickson, O. B. DeLaurier. Other Articles of Interest. Long Prairie, Minn.: Todd County Bicentennial Committee, 1976. FHL Large Q Book 977.688 H2.

Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

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]

Todd County Historical Society
333 Central Avenue
PO Box 146
Long Prairie 56347
Telephone: 320-732-4426

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.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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), Todd 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).
  4. Todd County Website (accessed 11 November 2014)