Murray County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Slayton
Organized: March 5, 1879[1]
Parent County(s): Brown [2]
Neighboring Counties
Cottonwood  • Jackson  •
 • Lyon  • Nobles  • Pipestone  • Redwood  • Rock
See County Maps
Minnesota, Murray County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Murray County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William Pitt Murray, who served in various positions within government. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Murray County Courthouse
2500 28th Street
Slayton, MN 56172
Phone: 507-836-1125
Murray County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.[4]

Murray 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
1873 1872 1873 1879 1873 1800s 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
Census-designated places

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 Murray 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 29
1870 209 620.7%
1880 3,604 1624.4%
1890 6,692 85.7%
1900 11,911 78.0%
1910 11,755 −1.3%
1920 13,631 16.0%
1930 13,902 2.0%
1940 15,060 8.3%
1950 14,801 −1.7%
1960 14,743 −0.4%
1970 12,508 −15.2%
1980 11,507 −8.0%
1990 9,660 −16.1%
2000 9,165 −5.1%
2010 8,725 −4.8%
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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 Murray 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]

Lincoln CountyLyon CountyRedwood CountyCottonwood CountyPipestone CountyRock CountyNobles CountyJackson CountyMN MURRAY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
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 Murray 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 Murray County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Slayton Public Library
2451 Broadway
Slayton, MN 56172
Phone: 507-836-8778

Fulda Memorial Library
101 Third St NE
P.O. Box 346
Fulda, MN 56131
Phone: 507-425-3277

Museums[edit | edit source]

Murray County Historical Society and Museum
P.O. Box 61
2480 29th Street
Slayton, MN 56172-0061
Phone: 507-836-6533

Fulda Heritage Society
105 Front St W
Fulda, MN 56131
Phone: 507-425-2201

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Murray County Historical Society
2480 29th Street
P.O. Box 61
Slayton, MN 56172
Phone: 507-836-6533

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 29 January 2021.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Murray 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. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 29 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, "Murray County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 11 February 2020.