Waseca County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Waseca[1]
Organized: February 27, 1857[2]
Parent County(s): Steele[3]
Neighboring Counties
Blue Earth  • Faribault  • Freeborn  • Le Sueur  • Rice  • Steele
See County Maps
Minnesota, Waseca County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Waseca County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Dakota word meaning "rich," a reference to the fertile soil in the area. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Waseca County Courthouse
307 North State Street
Waseca, MN 56093
Phone: 507-835-0630
Waseca County Website

Clerk of the District Court has birth, death, probate, and court records from 1870, marriage records and divorce records from 1858.[5]

Waseca 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[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1858 1870 1870 1856 1870 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1865 The county courthouse, located in the then county seat of Wilton, burned in 1865.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Grable, Suzanne Malmquist. William and Mary Matz of Waseca County, Minnesota; all of their descendants and some of their ancestors. 1980. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Sheeran, Betty Brown. Ancestry, descendants and biographies of Johan Larsson : b. 1 Dec. 1863, Kvistbro, Orebro, Sweden, a former resident Bjurtjarn, Varmland, Sweden and Iosco Township, Waseca County, Minnesota and Waseca, Minnesota : of Lena Marie Edvartsdotter Olsen Sheeran of Stonegate Press, Fall City, WA, 2000. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Glamm, Carl. The Glamm and Zastrow families of Pine Island, Minnesota, Columbus, Wisconsin, and Ixonia, Concord, and Golden Lake, Jefferson County, Wisconsin : plus the Glamm families of St. Clair, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, Janesville, Waseca County, MI. Pine Island, MI, 1982. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Waseca 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 2,601
1870 7,854 202.0%
1880 12,385 57.7%
1890 13,313 7.5%
1900 14,760 10.9%
1910 13,466 −8.8%
1920 14,133 5.0%
1930 14,412 2.0%
1940 15,186 5.4%
1950 14,957 −1.5%
1960 16,041 7.2%
1970 16,663 3.9%
1980 18,448 10.7%
1990 18,079 −2.0%
2000 19,526 8.0%
2010 19,136 −2.0%
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.

1781-1969 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969 at Ancestry ($)

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 Waseca 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]

Le Sueur CountyRice CountySteele CountyFreeborn CountyFaribault CountyBlue Earth CountyMN WASECA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil Wars

Civil War service men from Waseca 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 Waseca County.

- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.

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

Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System
408 N State St
Waseca, MN 56093
Phone: 507-835-2910
Email: libtlr@tds.lib.mn.us

Museums[edit | edit source]

Waseca County Historical Society Museum
P.O. Box 314
315 Second Ave NE
Waseca, MN 56093
Phone: 507-835-7700
Email: info@historical.waseca.mn.us

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Waseca County Historical Society
P.O. Box 314
315 Second Ave NE
Waseca, MN 56093
Phone: 507-835-7700
Email: info@historical.waseca.mn.us

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 11 March 2021.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Waseca County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waseca_County,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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, "Wadena County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waseca_County,_Minnesota#Communities, accessed 3 March 2021.