Dodge County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Mantorville
Organized: August 4, 1855[1]
Parent County(s): Rice, Non- county Area 3[2]
Neighboring Counties
Freeborn  • Goodhue  • Mower  • Olmsted  • Rice  • Steele
See County Maps
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

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

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dodge County Courthouse
22 E 6th Street
Mantorville, MN 55955
Phone: 507-635-6239
Dodge County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, death, divorce and court records from 1870, marriage records from 1865, probate records from 1858 and school records from 1917. [4]

Dodge 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 1865 1870 1870 1856 1858 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 Dodge 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 3,797
1870 8,598 126.4%
1880 11,344 31.9%
1890 10,864 −4.2%
1900 13,340 22.8%
1910 12,094 −9.3%
1920 12,552 3.8%
1930 12,127 −3.4%
1940 12,931 6.6%
1950 12,624 −2.4%
1960 13,259 5.0%
1970 13,037 −1.7%
1980 14,773 13.3%
1990 15,731 6.5%
2000 17,731 12.7%
2010 20,087 13.3%
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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 Dodge 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]

Rice CountyGoodhue CountyOlmsted CountyMower CountyFreeborn CountySteele CountyMN DODGE.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 Dodge County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Dodge County.

-1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company M.
-2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.
-2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company K.
-3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
-5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
-10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company B.

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Kasson Public Library
607 First Ave NW
Kasson, MN 55944
Phone: 507-634-7615

Dodge Center Public Library
13 First Ave NW
Dodge Center, MN 55927
Phone: 507-374-2275

West Concord Public Library
180 Main St
West Concord, MN 55985
Phone: 507-527-2031

Museums[edit | edit source]

Dodge County Historical Society Museum
615 N. Main St
P.O. Box 456
Mantorville, MN 55955
Phone: 507-635-5508

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Dodge County Historical Society
615 N Main
Mantorville, MN 55955
Phone: 507-635-5508

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, "Dodge County, Minnesota" in,_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; Copyright The Newberry Library 2007
  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, "Dodge County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 25 January 2020.