Todd County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Long Prairie[1]
Organized: Feb 21 1873[2]
Parent County(s): Cass[3]
Neighboring Counties
Cass  • Douglas  • Morrison  • Otter Tail  • Pope  • Stearns  • Wadena
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Todd County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Blair Smith Todd, who was a delegate from Dakota Territory to the United States House of Representatives, and general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The County is located in the central area of the state. [4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Todd County Courthouse
215 1st Ave S
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Phone: 320-357-5005
Todd County Website

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.[5]

Todd 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[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1867 1870 1874 1914 1876 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 Todd 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.
1860 430
1870 2,036 373.5%
1880 6,133 201.2%
1890 12,930 110.8%
1900 22,214 71.8%
1910 23,407 5.4%
1920 26,059 11.3%
1930 26,170 0.4%
1940 27,438 4.8%
1950 25,420 −7.4%
1960 23,119 −9.1%
1970 22,114 −4.3%
1980 24,991 13.0%
1990 23,363 −6.5%
2000 24,426 4.5%
2010 24,895 1.9%
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.

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 Todd 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.

  • 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. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • DeLaurier, O. B. History of Todd County 1934. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Wadena CountyCass CountyMorrison CountyStearns CountyDouglas CountyOtter Tail CountyMN TODD.PNG
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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 Todd 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 Todd County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Great River Regional Library
Main Library System
833-438-4775
Branch Libraries:
Eagle Bend
Grey Eagle
Long Prairie
Staples
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Todd County Historical Society Museum
333 Central Ave
Long Prairie, MN 56347
320-732-4426
E-mail: toddcountymuseum@gmail.com
Website

Hewitt Museum
514 Wisconsin St
Hewitt, MN 56453
701-230-9047
Email: hewittmuseum@gmail.com
Website

Christie Home Museum
PO Box 51
15 First St S
Long Prairie, MN 56347
320-491-5033
E-mail: jamesdownes41@hotmail.com
Website

Clarissa Museum
402 Main St W
Clarissa, MN 56440
320-594-2960
E-mail: garyritastracek@gmail.com
Website

Bertha Historical Society Museum
63671 County Highway 40
Bertha, MN 56437
218-924-4490
Facebook

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Todd County Historical Society
333 Central Ave
PO Box 146
Long Prairie, MN 56347
320-732-4426
E-mail: toddcountymuseum@gmail.com
Website

Bertha Historical Society
63671 County Highway 40
Bertha, MN 56437
218-924-4490
Facebook

Clarissa Historical Society
402 Main St W
Clarissa, MN 56440
218-756-2403
Website

Eagle Bend Historical Society
737 3rd Avenue NW
Eagle Bend, MN 56446-8116
218-738-3852
Website

Hewitt Historical Society
PO Box 73
Hewitt, MN 56453
701-230-9047
Email: hewittmuseum@gmail.com
Website

Staples Historical Society
Fourth St NE
Staples, MN 56479
320-894-1010
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 3/7/2021.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Todd County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_County,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 4 March 2021.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Todd County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_County,_Minnesota, accessed 03 March 2020.