Dakota County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Dakota County

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


Dakota County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Dakota County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1849
County Seat Hastings
Address Dakota County Courthouse
1590 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033
Dakota County Website

County Information


The County was named for the Dakota people. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

Dakota County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1853 1870 1850 1852 1863

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1857, divorce and court records from 1853. [3]


Parent County

1849--Dakota County was created 27 October 1849 from unorganized territory.  County seat: Hastings [4]

  • For a brief history of how Dakota County was named, click here. Then select Dakota County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places


Apple Valley | Burnsville | Coates | Eagan | Farmington | Hampton | Hastings | Inver Grove Heights
Lakeville | Lilydale | Mendota | Mendota Heights | Miesville | New Trier | Northfield | Randolph
Rosemount | South St. Paul | Sunfish Lake | Vermillion | West St. Paul


Castle Rock | Douglas | Empire Township |Eureka | Greenvale | Hampton | Marshan | Nininger | Ravenna
Sciota | Vermillion | Waterford

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
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.

  • Catholic Church Records for Dakota County    The Dakota Historical Society has microfilmed all the records of all the Catholic Churches in Dakota County.  Use the searchable index to find baptism, marriage and death records.

Christiana Free Lutheran Church, Farmington

  • Records of the Christiana Lutheran Church, Farmington, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

Christiana Free Lutheran Church, Lakeville

  • Records of Christiana Free Lutheran Church, Lakeville, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[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 Dakota 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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  • Dakota Historical Society    Interactive map of Dakota Co. townships and villages.  Click on a township and read its brief history.
  • Dakota Historical Society    Interactive map of Dakota County historical sites.  Click on the map to read details of the historical sites.


Civil War

Civil War service men from Dakota 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 Dakota County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Companies A and G.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies F and H.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies B and F.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies F and K.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
- Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company D.
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry , Companies C and F.


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Dakota 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

Dakota County Historical Society
130 3rd Ave N
South St Paul MN 55075-2002
Telephone: 651 552-7548

Dakota County Genealogical Society
130 3rd Ave N
South St Paul MN 55075-2002

Dakota City Heritage Village, Inc.
Mail: PO Box 73
4008 220th St W
Farmington MN 55024-0073
Telephone: 651 460-8050

Farmington Area Historical Society
2890 Pilot Knob Rd,
Eagan MN 55121-1146
Telephone: 651 454-4056

Lakeville Area Historical Society
20195 Holyoke Ave
City Hall
Lakeville, MN 55044
Telephone: 952-469-0373

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, "Dakota County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_County,_Minnesota accessed 12 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), Dakota County, Minnesota page 363, 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, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.