Lincoln County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Ivanhoe
Organized: February 9, 1881[1]
Parent County(s): Lyon[2]
Neighboring Counties
Brookings (SD)  • Deuel (SD)  • Lyon  • Moody (SD)  • Pipestone  • Yellow Medicine
See County Maps
Minnesota, Lincoln County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Abraham Lincoln. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lincoln County Courthouse
319 N Rebecca
Ivanhoe, MN 56142
Phone: 507-680-7005
Lincoln County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth, and marriage records from 1879, death and court records from 1880 and divorce records from 1891.
Probate Judge has probate records from 1877.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1873.[4]

Lincoln 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
1879 1879 1880 1880 1873 1877 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 Lincoln 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.
1880 2,945
1890 5,691 93.2%
1900 8,966 57.5%
1910 9,874 10.1%
1920 11,268 14.1%
1930 11,303 0.3%
1940 10,797 −4.5%
1950 10,150 −6.0%
1960 9,651 −4.9%
1970 8,143 −15.6%
1980 8,207 0.8%
1990 6,890 −16.0%
2000 6,429 −6.7%
2010 5,896 −8.3%
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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 Lincoln 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.

  • Tasker, A.E.; Early history of Lincoln County from the early writings of old pioneers, historians and later writers: ... (The Lake Benton News Print, 1936) Online at FamilySearch Digital Library; Indexed at Ancestry ($).
  • Sandro, Gustav O., The immigrants' trek: a detailed history of the Lake Hendricks Colony of Brookings County Dakota Territory, from 1873-1881 (Sioux Falls, S.D.: Sessions printing co, c1929) Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, HathiTrust.

Print Books

  • Radzilowski, John. Out on the Wind: Poles and Danes in Lincoln County, Minnesota, 1880-1905. Marshall, MN: Crossings Press, 1992. Print.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Yellow Medicine CountyLyon CountyMurray CountyPipestone CountyMoody CountyBrookings CountyDeuel CountyMN LINCOLN.PNG
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for more resources

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

Ivanhoe Public Library
401 N Harold
P.O. Box 25
Ivanhoe, MN 56142-0025
Phone: 507-694-1555

Lake Benton Public Library
110 W Benton St
P.O. Box 377
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone: 507-368-4641, ext 3

Museums[edit | edit source]

Lincoln County Pioneer Museum
610 Elm St
P.O. Box 211
Hendricks, MN 56136
Phone: 507-275-5247

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Lincoln County Historical Society
P.O. Box 211
610 West Elm Street
Hendricks, MN 56136
Phone: 507-275-5247

Lake Benton Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 267
108 S Center St
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone: 507-368-4480

Southwest Minnesota Historical Center
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St
Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: 507-537-7373

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 4 Feb 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 4 Feb 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lincoln County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 4 Feb 2021.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Lincoln County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 07 February 2020.