Brown County, Minnesota Genealogy
Guide to Brown County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Brown County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
|Founded||February 20, 1855|
|County Seat||New Ulm|
|Address|| Brown County Courthouse|
14 South State Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
Phone: 507-233-6600 (Administration Department)
Brown 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 Joseph Renshaw Brown, a member of the Governor's Council of Minnesota in 1855. The County is located in the south central area of the state.
Brown County, Minnesota Record Dates
County Recorder has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1857 and land records.
Clerk District Court has divorce and probate records from 1856
and court records from 1885.
Minnesota Historical Society
- 1855--Brown County was created 20 February 1855 from Blue Earth County. County seat: New Ulm 
- For a brief history of how Brown County was named, click here. Then select Brown County.
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.
Albin Township | Bashaw Township | Burnstown Township | Cottonwood Township | Eden Township | Home Township | Lake Hanska Township | Leavenworth Township | Linden Township | Milford Township | Mulligan Township | North Star Township | Prairieville Township | Sigel Township | Stark Township | Stately Township
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|Tombstone Project||WorldCat||Billion Graves|
|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.
Lake Hanska Lutheran Church, Hanska
- Records of the Lake Hanska Lutheran Church, Hanska, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
St. John's Lutheran Church, Springfield
- Records of St. John's Lutheran Church, Springfield, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
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, Brown – LAND AND PROPERTY
Local histories are available for Brown 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 Faribault County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Faribault County.
- - 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company L.
- - 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies G and M.
- - 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Brown 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
Brown County Historical Society
2 N Broadway St
New Ulm MN 56073-1714
Telephone: 507 233-2616
Browns Valley Historical Society
PO Box 165
Browns Valley 56219
Comfrey Area Historical Society
PO Box 218
Comfrey MN 56019-0218
Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society
100 Oak Street
PO Box 544
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Springfield Area Historical Society
Springfield, MN 56087-0113
See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/minnesota/mn-society-archive/ Minnesota
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.
- Brown County, MN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Minnesota Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Minnesota Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Brown County, MN Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Brown County GenWeb
- Cyndi's List: Brown County
- Wikipedia contributors, "Brown County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_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), Brown 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).
- "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.