Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Genealogy
Guide to Kandiyohi County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Kandiyohi County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
|Founded||March 20, 1858|
|Address|| Kandiyohi County Courthouse|
400 Benson Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201-3281
Kandiyohi County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
The County was named for the Dakota language "where the buffalo fish come". The County is located in the central area of the state. 
Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Record Dates
Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death,
divorce and court records from 1870. 
- 1858--Kandiyohi was created 20 March 1858 from Davis (Eliminated 20 Feb 1862), Meeker, Pierce (Eliminated 20 Feb 1862), Stearns and Renville Counties.
County seat: Willmar 
- For a brief history of how Kandiyohi Co. was named, click here. Then select Kandiyohi Co.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Arctander Township | Burbank Township | Colfax Township | Dovre Township | East Lake | Lillian Township | Edwards Township | Fahlun Township | Gennessee Township | Green Lake Township | Harrison Township \ Holland Township | Irving Township | Kandiyohi Township | Lake Andrew Township | Lake Elizabeth Township | Lake Lillian Township | Mamre Township | New London Township | Norway Lake Township | Roseland Township | Roseville Township | St. Johns Township | Whitefield Township | Willmar Township
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.|
- 1865 - Minnesota State Census, 1865 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1885 - Minnesota State Census, 1885 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1905 - Minnesota State Census, 1905 at FamilySearch — index and images
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.
Atwater Lutheran Church, Grove City
- Records of Atwater Lutheran Church, Grove City, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
Calvary Lutheran Church, Willmar
- Records of the Calvary Lutheran Church, Willmar, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
St. John's Lutheran Church, Raymond
- Records of St. John's Lutheran Church, Raymond, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
Trondhjem Lutheran Church, Atwater
- Records of Trondhjem Lutheran Church, Atwater, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
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:
MINNESOTA, Kandiyohi – LAND AND PROPERTY
Local histories are available for Kandiyohi 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.
- Family Maps of Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Genealogy (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information.
Online Probate Records
Minnesota tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.
A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota State Registrar of Vital Records, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred], order electronically online ($) or download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.
Societies and Libraries
Kandiyohi County Historical Society
610 Highway 71 NE
Willmar MN 56201-2650
Atwater Area Historical Society
PO Box 258
108 3rd St N.
Atwater MN 56209
Heritage Searchers of Kandiyohi County
PO Box 175
410 SW 5th St
Genealogical Research Library within Willmar Public Library
Southwest Minnesota Historical Center, Social Science 141
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258
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.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Kandiyohi County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandiyohi_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kandiyohi 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.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kandiyohi County, Minnesota page 365, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- "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.