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

County Facts
County seat: Foley
Organized: October 27, 1849[1]
Parent County(s): Original County[2]
Neighboring Counties
Mille Lacs  • Morrison  • Sherburne  • Stearns
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Benton Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Benton County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Benton County Courthouse
531 Dewey St
PO Box 129
Foley, MN 56329
Phone: 320-968-5037
Benton County Website

County Recorder has birth records from 1870, marriage records from 1887, death records from 1871 and land records from 1850.
Court Administrator has divorce and court records from 1900 and probate records from 1850. [4]

Benton 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1887 1871 1900 1850 1850 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]

Populated Places
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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns
  • Estes Brook


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 Benton 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.
1850 418
1860 627 50.0%
1870 1,558 148.5%
1880 3,012 93.3%
1890 6,284 108.6%
1900 9,912 57.7%
1910 11,615 17.2%
1920 14,073 21.2%
1930 15,056 7.0%
1940 16,106 7.0%
1950 15,911 −1.2%
1960 17,287 8.6%
1970 20,841 20.6%
1980 25,187 20.9%
1990 30,185 19.8%
2000 34,226 13.4%
2010 38,451 12.3%
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 Benton 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Morrison CountyMille Lacs CountyStearns CountySherburne CountyMN BENTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Benton 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 Benton County.

-7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.

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 Benton County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

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 Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Benton County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Great River Regional Libraries
251 N 4th Avenue
Box 340
Foley, MN 56329
320-968-6612
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Benton County Historical Society & Museum
218 1st St North
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
320-253-9614
E-mail:bchsmus@bentoncountyhistorical.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Benton County Historical Society
218 1st St North
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
320-253-9614
E-mail:bchsmus@bentoncountyhistorical.com
Website

Sartell Historical Society
PO Box 1907
125 Pine Cone Rd North
Sartell, MN 56377
Website

Central Minnesota Historical Center
St Cloud University
Centennial Hall, Room 148
St. Cloud, MN 5630
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Minnesota, accessed 20 January 2020.