Freeborn County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Freeborn County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Freeborn 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 Albert Lea
Minnesota, Freeborn County Courthouse.png
Address Freeborn County Courthouse
411 S Broadway Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Phone: 507.377.5153
Freeborn County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William Freeborn, an early Minnesota politician. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1857 1870 1857 1854 1866 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage and court records from 1857. County Recorder has land records from 1854.
Probate Office has probate records from 1866. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1855--Freeborn County was created 20 February 1855 from Blue Earth and Rice Counties.

County seat: Albert Lea [4]

  • For a brief history of how Freeborn County was named, click here.  Then select Freeborn 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 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
MNGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,367
1870 10,578 214.2%
1880 16,069 51.9%
1890 17,962 11.8%
1900 21,838 21.6%
1910 22,282 2.0%
1920 24,692 10.8%
1930 28,741 16.4%
1940 31,780 10.6%
1950 34,517 8.6%
1960 37,891 9.8%
1970 38,064 0.5%
1980 36,329 −4.6%
1990 33,060 −9.0%
2000 32,584 −1.4%
2010 31,255 −4.1%
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]

Concordia (Bear Lake) Lutheran Church, Twin Lakes

  • Records of the Concordia (Bear Lake) Lutheran Church, Twin Lakes, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Concordia Lutheran Church, Albert Lea

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

First Lutheran Church, Albert Leas

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

Freeborn Lutheran Church, Clarks Grove

  • Records of Freeborn Lutheran Church, Clarks Grove, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]

Lime Creek Lutheran Church, Emmons

  • Records of Lime Creek Lutheran Church, Emmons, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]

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

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company H
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company C
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Naturalization Records[edit | edit source]

  • Naturalization records in the Freeborn County District Court.  Click here.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Freeborn 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 Indexes and 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]

Freeborn County Genealogical Society
PO Box 403
1033 Bridge Avenue
Albert Lea 56007

Freeborn County Historical Society
1031 Bridge Avenue
Albert Lea 56007

Alden Community Historical Society
PO Box 323
Alden, MN 56009

Hollandale Area Historical Society
PO Box 184
Hollandale MN 56045-0184
Telephone: 507-889-4491

Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Mankato State University
Mankato, MN 56001

Clarks Grove Area Heritage Society
Po Box 188
Clarks Grove, Minnesota 56016-0188

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, "Freeborn County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 12 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Freeborn 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), Freeborn 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, "Freeborn County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 27 January 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "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.