Goodhue County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Goodhue County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Goodhue County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1853
County Seat Red Wing
Address Goodhue County Courthouse
509 5th St W
Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: 651.385.3148
Goodhue County Website

County Information

Goodhue County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1854 1870 1850 1853 1854

County Courthouse

County Administrator has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage and probate records from 1854, divorce and court records from 1951.
Minnesota Hisotrical Society has divorce
and court records 1854-1950.[2]


Parent County

  • 1853--Goodhue County was created 5 March 1853 from Wabasha and Dakota Counties.  County seat: Red Wing [3]
  • For a brief history of how Goodhue County was named, click here. Then select Goodhue County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places


Bellechester | Cannon Falls  | Dennison | Goodhue | Kenyon | Lake City | Pine Island | Red Wing |Wanamingo | Zumbrota


Belle Creek Township | Belvidere Township | Cannon Falls Township | Cherry Grove Township | Featherstone Township | Florence Township | Goodhue Township | Hay Creek Township | Holden Township | Kenyon Township | Leon Township | Minneola Township | Pine Island Township | Roscoe Township | Stanton Township | Vasa Township | Wacouta Township | Wanamingo Township | Warsaw Township | Welch Township | Zumbrota Township


Hader | Stanton | Moland

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.


Dale Lutheran Church, Kenyon

  • Records of the Dale Lutheran Church, Kenyon, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[4]

Gol (and Moland) Lutheran Church, Kenyon

  • Records of Gol (and Moland) Lutheran Church, Kenyon, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[4]


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Kenyon, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Minneola Lutheran Church, Zumbrota

  • Records of Minneola Lutheran Church, Zumbrota, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[4]

Trinity Lutheran Church, Red Wing

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Red Wing, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[4]

Urland Lutheran Church

  • Records of Urland Lutheran Church 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 Goodhue 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 Goodhue 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 Goodhue County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company F.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D and E.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and H.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company F.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies F and H.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company D.
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies A and C.
- 1st Minnesota Company Sharpshooters, First Company only.


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

Goodhue Area Historical Society
PO Box 141
Goodhue 55027

Goodhue County Historical Society
1166 Oak Street
Red Wing 55066
Telephone: 651-388-6024

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), Goodhue County, Minnesota page 364, 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 4.3 4.4 "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.