Benton County, Minnesota Genealogy
Guide to Benton County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Benton County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
|Founded||October 27, 1849|
|Address|| Benton County Courthouse|
531 Dewey Street
P.O. Box 129
Foley, MN 56329
Benton County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
The County was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri. The County is located in the central area of the state.
Benton County, Minnesota Record Dates
County Recorder has birth records from 1870,
marriage records from 1887, death records from 1871
and land records from 1850.
Court Administrator has divorce and court records
from 1900 and probate records from 1850. 
- 1849--Benton County was created 27 October 1849 from St. Croix County, Eliminated 27 Oct 1849. County seat: Foley 
For animated maps illustrating Minnesota County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Minnesota County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Alberta Township | Gilmanton Township | Glendorado Township | Graham Township | Granite Ledge Township | Langola Township | Mayhew Lake Township | Maywood Township | Minden Township | Sauk Rapids Township St. George Township | Watab Township
Brennyville | Bushville | Duelm | Fruitville | Glendorado | Granite Ledge | Jakeville | Mayhew | Minden | North Benton | Novak's Corner | Oak Park | Parent | Popple Creek | Rum River | Silver Corners | Watab
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.|
- 1865 - Minnesota State Census, 1865 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1885 - Minnesota State Census, 1885 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1905 - Minnesota State Census, 1905 at FamilySearch — index and images
Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Minnesota Church Records.
Emigration and Immigration
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.
Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:
MINNESOTA, Benton – LAND AND PROPERTY
Local histories are available for Benton County, Minnesota Genealogy. 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.
Civil War service men from Benton 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 Benton County.
- - 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benton County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
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 Records
Minnesota tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.
A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota State Registrar of Vital Records, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred], order electronically online ($) or download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.
Societies and Libraries
Benton County Historical Society
218-1st Street North
Sauk Rapids 56379
Telephone: 320 253-9614
Sartell Historical Society
PO Box 1907
Sartell, MN 56377
Central Minnesota Historical Center
St. Cloud University
St. Cloud, MN 5630
Family History Centers
Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
- Benton County, MN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Minnesota Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Minnesota Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Benton County, MN Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Benton County GenWeb
- Cyndi's List: Benton County
- Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
- Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 385-403. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Minnesota page 362, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).