Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Willmar
Organized: March 6, 1871[1]
Parent County(s): Davis (extinct), Meeker, Pierce, Stearns, Renville, Non-County Area 5[2]
Neighboring Counties
Chippewa  • Meeker  • Pope  • Renville  • Stearns  • Swift
See County Maps
Minnesota, Kandiyohi County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Kandiyohi County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Dakota language "where the buffalo fish come". The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Kandiyohi County Courthouse
400 Benson Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201-3281
Phone: 320-231-6206
Kandiyohi County Website

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

Kandiyohi 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 1870 1870 1870 1858 1867 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

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 Kandiyohi 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 76
1870 1,760 2215.8%
1880 10,159 477.2%
1890 13,997 37.8%
1900 18,416 31.6%
1910 18,969 3.0%
1920 22,060 16.3%
1930 23,574 6.9%
1940 26,524 12.5%
1950 28,644 8.0%
1960 29,987 4.7%
1970 30,548 1.9%
1980 36,763 20.3%
1990 38,761 5.4%
2000 41,203 6.3%
2010 42,239 2.5%
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.


  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($) has the following information:
    • Atwater Lutheran Church, Grove City
    • Calvary Lutheran Church, Willmar
    • St. John's Lutheran Church, Raymond
    • Trondhjem Lutheran Church, Atwater
  • Minnesota Historical Society has a Collection Finding Aid for the following:
    • Evangelical 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 Kandiyohi 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.

  • Lawson, Victor E.; Tew, Martin E.; Nelson, J. Emil; Illustrated History and Descriptive and Biographical Review of Kandiyohi County, Minnesota (St. Paul, Minn.: The Pioneer Press Manufacturing Departments, 1905) Online at FamilySearch Digital Library.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Pope CountyStearns CountyMeeker CountyRenville CountyChippewa CountySwift CountyMN KANDIYOHI.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

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

Pioneerland Library System
410 5th St SW
Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: 320-235-6106

Wilmar Public Library
P.O. Box 175
410 SW 5th St
Willmar, MN 56201-0175
Genealogy resources

Museums[edit | edit source]

Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum
610 NE Hwy 71
Willmar, MN 68201
Phone: 320-235-1881
Email: kandhist@msn.com

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Kandiyohi County Historical Society
610 Highway 71 NE
Willmar, MN 56201-2650
Phone: 320-235-1881

Atwater Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 258
108 3rd Street N
Atwater, MN 56209

Heritage Searchers of Kandiyohi County
P.O. Box 175
410 SW 5th Street
Willmar, MN 56201-0175

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 1/25/2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/25/2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Kandiyohi County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandiyohi_County,_Minnesota accessed 17 January 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 1/25/2021.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/25/2021.
  8. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Kandiyohi County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandiyohi_County,_Minnesota, accessed 17 Januart 2021.