Redwood County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Redwood County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Redwood 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 4, 1862
County Seat Redwood Falls
Minnesota, Redwood County Courthouse.png
Address Redwood County Courthouse
PO Box 130
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Phone: 507.637.4032
Redwood County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Redwood River. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1865 1865 1865 1967 1865 1867 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Court Administration has birth, marriage and death records from 1865, divorce records from 1871, probate records from 1877 and court records from 1867. County Recorder has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1862--Redwood County was created 4 November 1862 from Brown County.  County seat: Redwood Falls [4]
  • For a brief history of how Redwood County was named, click here, then select Redwood 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]

HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Morton
Native American communities
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community

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 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.
1870 1,829
1880 5,375 193.9%
1890 9,886 83.9%
1900 17,261 74.6%
1910 18,425 6.7%
1920 20,908 13.5%
1930 20,620 −1.4%
1940 22,290 8.1%
1950 22,127 −0.7%
1960 21,718 −1.8%
1970 20,024 −7.8%
1980 19,341 −3.4%
1990 17,254 −10.8%
2000 16,815 −2.5%
2010 16,059 −4.5%
Source: "".

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Redwood County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Revere, 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 Redwood 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]

Yellow Medicine CountyRenville CountyBrown CountyCottonwood CountyMurray CountyLyon CountyMN REDWOOD.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 Redwood 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]

Redwood County Historical Society
R.R. #2, Box 12
Redwood Falls 56283

Redwood County Historical Society
913 W. Bridge
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Telephone: 507-641-3329

Redwood County Genealogical Society
614 S Minnesota Street
Redwood Falls, MN 56283

Lucan Historical Society Depot Museum
PO Box 51
406 1st St
Lucan, MN, 56255
Telephone: 507-747-2598

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

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, "Redwood River County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 14 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Redwood 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), Redwood County, Minnesota page 368, 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, "Redwood County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 17 February 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.