Dakota County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Hastings
Organized: October 27, 1849[1]
Parent County(s): Non-County[2]
Neighboring Counties
Goodhue  • Hennepin  • Pierce (WI)  • Ramsey  • Rice  • Scott  • Washington
See County Maps
Minnesota, Dakota County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Dakota County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Dakota people. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dakota County Courthouse
1590 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033
Phone: 651-437-3191
Dakota County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870, marriage records from 1857, divorce and court records from 1853[4]

Dakota 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 1857 1870 1853 1852 1863 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]

Unincorporated communities
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 Dakota 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 584
1860 9,093 1457.0%
1870 16,312 79.4%
1880 17,391 6.6%
1890 20,240 16.4%
1900 21,733 7.4%
1910 25,171 15.8%
1920 28,967 15.1%
1930 34,592 19.4%
1940 39,660 14.7%
1950 49,019 23.6%
1960 78,303 59.7%
1970 139,808 78.5%
1980 194,279 39.0%
1990 275,227 41.7%
2000 355,904 29.3%
2010 398,552 12.0%
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 Dakota 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]

Ramsey CountyWashington CountyGoodhue CountyRice CountyScott CountyHennepin CountyPierce CountyMN DAKOTA.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 Dakota 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 Dakota County.

-1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Companies A and G.
-1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
-2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies F and H.
-3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies B and F.
-4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.
-5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
-6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
-7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
-8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies F and K.
-10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
-Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company D.
-Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry , Companies C and F.

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.

  • 1880-1901 - Dakota County Minnesota, County Auditor; Minnesota, Dakota County, tax records, 1880-1901; Online at FamilySearch Catalog; Scroll down to Film/Digital Notes, then select the camera icon to view images.

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Dakota County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Dakota County Library
Phone: 651-450-2900
Email: askalibrarian@co.dakota.mn.us
Multiple locations

Minnesota Genealogical Society
Hoffman Research Library
1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN 55120-1367
Phone: 651-330-9312

Museums[edit | edit source]

Lawshe Memorial Museum
130 Third Ave N
South St Paul, MN 55075
Phone: 651-437-3191 or 800-247-1056

Dakota City Heritage Village Museum
P.O. Box 73
4008 220th Street W
Farmington, MN 55024-0073
Phone: 651-460-8050

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Czechoslovak Genealogical Society and International Library
PO Box 16225
St Paul, MN 55116-9225
Phone: 561-964-2322

Dakota County Historical Society
130 3rd Avenue N
South St Paul, MN 55075-2002
Phone: 651-552-7548
Eagan Historical Society
Eagan City Hall
3830 Pilot Knob Rd
Eagan, MN 55122
Phone: 651-675-5038
Email: HistoricalSociety@cityofeagan.com

Farmington Area Historical Society
2890 Pilot Knob Rd
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-454-4056

Hastings Area Historical Society
Pioneer Room at Hastings City Hall
101 E 4th Street
Hastings, MN 55033
Phone: 651-480-2367
Email: csmith@hastingsmn.gov

Lakeville Area Historical Society
Lakeville Heritage Center
20110 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044
Phone: 952-985-4680
Email: lahs1995@gmail.com

Rosemount Area Historical Society
13885 S Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
Phone: 651-423-4603 or 952-255-8545
Email: rosemounthistory@charter.net

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, "Dakota County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_County,_Minnesota accessed 12 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. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Dakota County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_County,_Minnesota, accessed 24 January 2020.