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


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Carver County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Carver County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 20, 1855
County Seat Chaska
Courthouse
Address Carver County Courthouse
600 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: 952-361-1420
Carver County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for he explorer Jonathan Carver, who in 1766–67, traveled from Boston to the Minnesota River, and wintered among the Sioux near the site of New Ulm. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

Carver County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1870 1870 1856 1870 1856 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records from 1856.
County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1870. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1855--Carver County was created 20 February 1855 from Hennepin and Sibley Counties. County seat: Chaska [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Carver | Chanhassen | Chaska | Cologne | Hamburg | Mayer | New Germany | Norwood Young America | Victoria | Waconia | Watertown

Townships[edit | edit source]

Benton Township | Camden Township | Dahlgren Township | Hancock Township | Hollywood Township | Laketown Township | San Francisco Township | Waconia Township | Watertown Township | Young America Township

Unincorporated[edit | edit source]

San Francisco

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census[edit | edit source]

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

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.


Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[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.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:

MINNESOTA, Carver – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Carver 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Wright CountyHennepin CountyScott CountySibley CountyMcLeod CountyMN CARVER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Carver 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 Carver County.

- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company B.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies D and E.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies B and H.
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Carver County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[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 Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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[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 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.


Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Carver County Historical Society
    555 W. First Street
    MN 55387-1203
    Phone: 952 442-4234
    Website
  • Carver-on-the-Minnesota
    Broadway and Main
    Carver, MN 55315
    Website
  • Chaska Historical Society
    Chaska History Center
    112 West Fourth Street
    Chaska, MN 55318
    Phone: 952 448-6077
    Website
    E-mail: historical@chaskahistory.org
  • Watertown Area Historical Society
    PO Box 836
    309 Lewis Ave S.
    Watertown, MN 55388-0836
    Website
  • Waconia Heritage Association
    213 South Vine Street
    Waconia, MN 55387
    Phone: 952-442-7700

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Carver County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carver_County,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carver County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 362-365.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carver 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).