Waseca County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Waseca County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Waseca 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 27, 1857
County Seat Waseca
Minnesota, Waseca County Courthouse.png
Address Waseca County Courthouse
307 North State Street
Waseca, MN 56093
Phone: 507-835-0670
Waseca County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Dakota word meaning "rich," a reference to the fertile soil in the area. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1858 1870 1870 1856 1870 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clerk of the District Court has birth, death, probate, and court records from 1870, marriage records and divorce records from 1858.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1857--Waseca County was created 27 February 1857 from Steele County. County seat: Waseca [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1865 The county courthouse, located in the then county seat of Wilton, burned in 1865.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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
Ghost towns

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
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
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 2,601
1870 7,854 202.0%
1880 12,385 57.7%
1890 13,313 7.5%
1900 14,760 10.9%
1910 13,466 −8.8%
1920 14,133 5.0%
1930 14,412 2.0%
1940 15,186 5.4%
1950 14,957 −1.5%
1960 16,041 7.2%
1970 16,663 3.9%
1980 18,448 10.7%
1990 18,079 −2.0%
2000 19,526 8.0%
2010 19,136 −2.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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]

Le Sueur River Lutheran Church, New Richland Township

  • Records of Le Sueur River Lutheran Church, New Richland Township, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]

Trinity Lutheran Church, New Richland Township

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Richland Township, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[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 Waseca 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.

Child's History of Waseca County

Maps[edit | edit source]

Le Sueur CountyRice CountySteele CountyFreeborn CountyFaribault CountyBlue Earth CountyMN WASECA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Waseca 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 Waseca County.

- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
World War I[edit | edit source]

This book was published shortly after World War I detailing many soldiers and war contributors at home. It also has many pictures.

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 Waseca 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]

Waseca County Historical Society
315 2nd Ave NE
Waseca, MN 56093
Telephone: 507-835-7700

Waseca Area Genealogical Society
PO Box 364
Waseca 56093

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

FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

Waseca County Historical
Second Ave and Fourth St NE PO
Waseca, MN 56093 0314

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Waseca County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waseca_County,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Waseca 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), Waseca County, Minnesota page 369, 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, "Wadena County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadena_County,_Minnesota#Communities, accessed 3 March 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "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, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.