Le Sueur County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Le Center
Organized: March 5, 1853[1]
Parent County(s): Dakota[2]
Neighboring Counties
Blue Earth  • Nicollet  • Rice  • Scott  • Sibley  • Waseca
See County Maps
Minnesota, Le Sueur County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Le Sueur County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the French explorer Pierre-Charles Le Sueur who visited the area in 1700. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Le Sueur County Courthouse
88 S Park Ave
Le Center, MN 56057
Phone: 507-357-2251
Le Sueur County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870, marriage records from 1854, divorce and court records from 1880, and some school records 1920-1945.
Probate Judge has probate records from 1855.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1850.[4]

Le Sueur 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 1880 1850 1855 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:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns
  • Okaman

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 Le Sueur 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 5,318
1870 11,607 118.3%
1880 16,303 40.5%
1890 19,057 16.9%
1900 20,234 6.2%
1910 18,609 −8.0%
1920 17,870 −4.0%
1930 17,990 0.7%
1940 19,227 6.9%
1950 19,088 −0.7%
1960 19,906 4.3%
1970 21,331 7.2%
1980 23,434 9.9%
1990 23,929 2.1%
2000 25,426 6.3%
2010 27,703 9.0%
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 Le Sueur 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]

Sibley CountyScott CountyRice CountyWaseca CountyBlue Earth CountyNicollet CountyMN LE SUEUR.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 Le Sueur 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 Le Sueur County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company E.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies E and I.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.

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

Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System
Le Center Library
10 W Tyrone St
Le Center, MN 56057
Phone: 507-357-6792
Email: libtlr@tds.lib.mn.us

Museums[edit | edit source]

Minnesota Valley History Learning Center
709 N Second St
Le Sueur, MN 56058
Phone: 507-665-2050
Email: mvhlc.exploreprogram@gmail.com

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

LeSueur County Historical Society
P.O. Box 123
Le Center, MN 56057
Phone: 507-267-4091
Email: info@lesueurcountyhistory.org

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 31 January 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 31 January 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Le Sueur County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Sueur_County,_Minnesota accessed 31 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 31 January 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Le Sueur County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Sueur_County%2C_Minnesota#Communities, accessed 31 January 2021.