Fillmore County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Fillmore County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Fillmore 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 March 1853, 1853
County Seat Preston
Minnesota, Fillmore County Courthouse.png
Address Fillmore County Courthouse
101 Fillmore Street
Preston, MN 55965
Phone: 507-765-3356
(Court Administration)
Phone: 507-765-4701

Fillmore County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Millard Fillmore, thirteenth President of the United States. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1865 1870 1885 1853 1858 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Administrator has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1865, divorce and court records
from 1885and probate records from 1858.
County Recorder has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1853--Fillmore County was created 5 March 1853 from Wabasha County.  County seat: Preston [4]
  • For a brief history of how Fillmore County was named, click here.  Then select Fillmore 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[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit,cfips,045,c,fillmore.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 13,542
1870 24,887 83.8%
1880 28,162 13.2%
1890 25,996 −7.7%
1900 28,288 8.8%
1910 25,680 −9.2%
1920 25,330 −1.4%
1930 24,748 −2.3%
1940 25,830 4.4%
1950 24,465 −5.3%
1960 23,768 −2.8%
1970 21,916 −7.8%
1980 21,930 0.1%
1990 20,777 −5.3%
2000 21,122 1.7%
2010 20,866 −1.2%
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.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Bloomfield Lutheran Church, Ostrander

  • Records of Bloomfield Lutheran Church, Ostrander, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]

Fillmore County

  • Records of American Lutheran Church, Fillmore County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

First Lutheran Church, Whalan

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Whalan, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]

Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony

  • Records of Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]

Henrytown Lutheran Church, Canton

  • Records of the Henrytown Lutheran Church, Canton, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]

Highland Prairie Lutheran Church, Peterson

  • Records of Highland Prairie Lutheran Church, Peterson, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]


  • Records of the Lutheran Church, Mabel, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]


  • Records of Ostrander Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]


  • Records of American Lutheran Church, Rushford, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Spring Valley

  • Records of American Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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 Fillmore 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Fillmore County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Fillmore County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Companies F and I.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Company D.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company A.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company B.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company K.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- 11th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K.
- Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company D.
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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]

Fillmore County Historical Society
Route 1, Box 81-D
Fountain 55935

Fillmore County History Center and Genealogy Library
202 County Rd 8
Fountain MN 55935
Telephone: 507-268-4449

Harmony Area Historical Society
PO Box 291
15 2nd Street NW
Harmony, MN 55939
Telephone: 507-886-2469

Preston Historical Society
PO Box 138
Preston MN 55965

Rushford Area Historical Society
403 East North St.
Rushford, MN 55971
Telephone: 507-864-7560

Spring Valley Community Historical Society
220 W Courtland St
Spring Valley MN 55975-1232
Telephone: 507-346-7659

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Fillmore County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 12 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fillmore County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 362-365.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fillmore County, Minnesota page 364, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Fillmore County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 27 January 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.