Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Lac qui Parle 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 November 7, 1871
County Seat Madison
Minnesota, Lac qui Parle County Courthouse.png
Address Lac qui Parle County Courthouse
600 6th Street
Madison, Mn 56256
Phone: 320-598-3724
Lac qui Parle County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the French name "lake which talks". The County is located in the west-central area of the state.[1]

Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1872 1872 1872 1885 1871 1868 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse
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County recorder has birth, marriage, death and military records
Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records
County Assessor has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1871--Lac Qui Parle County was created 7 November 1871 from Redwood County. County seat: Madison [4]
  • For a brief history of how Lac Qui Parle County was named, click here.  Then select Lac Qui Parle 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.
1870 145
1880 4,891 3273.1%
1890 10,382 112.3%
1900 14,289 37.6%
1910 15,435 8.0%
1920 15,554 0.8%
1930 15,398 −1.0%
1940 15,509 0.7%
1950 14,545 −6.2%
1960 13,330 −8.4%
1970 11,164 −16.2%
1980 10,592 −5.1%
1990 8,924 −15.7%
2000 8,067 −9.6%
2010 7,259 −10.0%
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]

Garfield Lutheran Church, Madison

  • Records of Garfield Lutheran Church, Madison, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Madison Lutheran Church

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

Riverside Lutheran Church, Dawson

  • Records of Riverside Lutheran Church, Dawson, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

St. Pauli Lutheran Church, Bellingham

  • Records of St. Pauli Lutheran Church, Bellingham, 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 Lac qui Parle 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]

Big Stone CountySwift CountyChippewa CountyYellow Medicine CountyDeuel CountyGrant CountyMN LAC QUI PARLE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

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 Lac qui Parle 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]

Lac Qui Parle County Historical Society
250 South 8th Ave
Madison MN 56256
Telephone: 320-598-7678

Southwest Minnesota Historical Center
Social Science 141
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Telephone: 507-537-7373

Lac Qui Parle County Historical Society
PO Box 124
Madison 56256

Family History Centers
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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

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lac qui Parle 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), Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota page 365, 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, "Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 03 Febuary 2020.
  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.