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

County Facts
County seat: Red Wing
Organized: February 7, 1854[1]
Parent County(s): Wabasha, Dakota[2]
Neighboring Counties
Dakota  • Dodge  • Olmsted  • Pepin (WI)  • Pierce (WI)  • Rice  • Steele  • Wabasha
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Goodhue County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Goodhue County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Madison Goodhue, the first printer-editor in Minnesota. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Goodhue County Courthouse
509 5th St W
Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: 651-385-3148
Goodhue County Website

County Administrator has birth and death records from 1870, marriage and probate records from 1854, divorce and court records from 1951.
Minnesota Historical Society has divorce and court records 1854-1950.[4]

Goodhue 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 1854 1870 1854 1853 1854 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]

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:[9]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns


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 Goodhue 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.
1860 8,977
1870 22,018 145.3%
1880 29,651 34.7%
1890 28,806 −2.8%
1900 31,137 8.1%
1910 31,637 1.6%
1920 30,799 −2.6%
1930 31,317 1.7%
1940 31,564 0.8%
1950 32,118 1.8%
1960 33,035 2.9%
1970 34,804 5.4%
1980 38,749 11.3%
1990 40,690 5.0%
2000 44,127 8.4%
2010 46,183 4.7%
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.

Lutheran

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($) has the following information:
    • Dale Lutheran Church, Kenyon
    • Gol (and Moland) Lutheran Church, Kenyon
    • Kenyon
    • Minneola Lutheran Church, Zumbrota
    • Trinity Lutheran Church, Red Wing
    • Urland Lutheran Church
  • Minnesota Historical Society has a Collection Finding Aid for the following:
    • Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota

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 Goodhue 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]

Dakota CountyRice CountySteele CountyDodge CountyOlmsted CountyWabasha CountyPrice CountyPepin CountyMN GOODHUE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men from Goodhue 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 Goodhue County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D and E.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and H.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies F and H.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies A and C.
- 1st Minnesota Company Sharpshooters, First Company only.

Online Civil War Indexes and Records

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 Goodhue 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Goodhue County Historical Society Library
1166 Oak St
Red Wing, MN 55066
651-388-6024
Website

Cannon Falls Library
306 W Mill St
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
507-263-2804
Email:cfl_ill@selco.info
Website

Kenyon Public Library
709 2nd Street
Kenyon, MN 55946
507-789-6821
Email:ken_dir@selco.info
Website

Pine Island: Van Horn Public Library
115 Se 3rd Street
Pine Island, MN 55963
507-356-8558
E-mail:pipl@selco.info
Website

Red Wing Public Library
225 East Ave
Red Wing, MN 55066
651-385-3673
Email:rwpl@selco.info
Website

Zumbrota Public Library
100 West Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992
507-732-5211
Email:zpl@selco.info
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Goodhue Area Historical Museum
105 N Broadway
Box 141
Goodhue, MN 55027
651-301-5731 or 651-923-4388
E-mail:goodhue.museum@yahoo.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Goodhue Area Historical Society
105 N Broadway
Box 141
Goodhue, MN 55027
651-301-5731 or 651-923-4388
E-mail:goodhue.museum@yahoo.com
Website

Goodhue County Historical Society
1166 Oak St
Red Wing, MN 55066
651-388-6024
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; accessed 1/13/2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/13/2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Goodhue County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodhue_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Jan 2021
  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; accessed 1/13/2021.
  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. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/13/2021.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Goodhue County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodhue_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 13 January 2021.