Dodge County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Dodge County

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


Dodge County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Dodge County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855
County Seat Mantorville
Address Dodge County Courthouse
22 East 6th Street
Mantorville, MN 55955
Phone: 507-635-6239
Phone: 507-635-6250
Dodge County Website

County Information

Dodge County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1858 1870 1850 1856 1857

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth, death, divorce and court records from 1870,
marriage records from 1865, probate records from 1858 and school records from 1917. [2]


Parent County

  • 1855--Dodge County was created 20 February 1855 from Rice County and unorganized territory.

County seat: Mantorville [3]

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

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places


Blooming Prairie | Claremont | Dodge Center | Hayfield | Kasson | Mantorville | West Concord


Ashland Township | Canisteo Township | Claremont Township | Concord Township | Ellington Township | Hayfield Township | Mantorville Township | Milton Township | Ripley Township | Vernon Township | Wasioja Township | Westfield Township


Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
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.


Cedar Creek Lutheran Church, Hayfield

  • 1879-1920 - Records of Cedar Creek Lutheran Church, Hayfield, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[4]

East (Byron) and West St. Olaf Congregations

  • Records of East and West St. Olaf Lutheran Congregations, Olmsted and Dodge Counties, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[4]

St. John's Lutheran Church, Kasson

  • 1876-1941 - Records of St. John's Lutheran Church, Kasson, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[4]


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 Dodge 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

Civil War service men from Dodge 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 Dodge County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company M.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company K.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company B.


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

Dodge County Historical Society
615 N Main
Mantorville, MN 55955
Telephone: 507-635-5508

  • Dodge Center Public Library
    13 First Avenue NW
    Dodge Center, MN 55927
  • West Concord Public Library
    180 Main Street
    West Concord, MN 55985
    507 -527-2031

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. 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
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dodge County, Minnesota page 363, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "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.