Brown County, Minnesota Genealogy

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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
Map of Minnesota highlighting Brown County
Location in the state of Minnesota
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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)
Phone: 507-233-6657
Brown County Website

County Information


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.[1]

Brown County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1857 1870 1850 1857 1856

County Courthouse

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
naturalization records.[3]


Parent County

  • 1855--Brown County was created 20 February 1855 from Blue Earth County.  County seat: New Ulm [4]
  • For a brief history of how Brown County was named, click here.  Then select Brown County.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Minnesota County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Minnesota County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places


Cobden | Comfrey | Evan | Hanska  | New Ulm | Sleepy Eye | Springfield


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




Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
Tombstone Project WorldCat Billion Graves
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.


State Census


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 ($).[5]

St. John's Lutheran Church, Springfield

  • Records of St. John's Lutheran Church, Springfield, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]


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:


Local Histories

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.


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Civil War

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.

Vital Records

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 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.

See also Minnesota Vital Records or How to order Minnesota Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


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
Telephone: 507-794-5053

Springfield Area Historical Society
Box 113
Springfield, MN 56087-0113

See also a List of [ 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.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Brown County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "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,, accessed 10 June 2013.