Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Lac qui Parle County

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


Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Lac qui Parle County
Location in the state of Minnesota
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Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded November 7, 1871
County Seat Madison
Address Lac qui Parle County Courthouse
600 6th Street
Madison, Mn 56256
Phone: 320-598-3724
Lac qui Parle County Website

County Information


The County was named for the French name "lake which talks". The County is located in the west central area of the state. [1]

Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1872 1872 1872 1885 1871 1868 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse

County recorder has birth, marriage, death and military records
Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records
County Assessor has land records. [3]


Parent County

  • 1871--Lac Qui Parle County was created 7 November 1871 from Redwood County. County seat: Madison [4]
  • For a brief history of how Lac Qui Parle County was named, click here.  Then select Lac Qui Parle County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places


Bellingham | Boyd | Dawson | Louisburg | Madison | Marietta | Nassau | Ortonville


  Agassiz Township | Arena Township | Augusta Township | Baxter Township | Camp Release Township | Cerro Gordo Township | Freeland Township | Garfield Township | Hamlin Township | Hantho Township | Lac qui Parle Township | Lake Shore Township | Madison Township | Manfred Township | Maxwell Township | Mehurin Township | Perry Township | Providence Township | Riverside Township | Ten Mile Lake Township | Walter Township | Yellow Bank Township

Neighboring Counties



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


Garfield Lutheran Church, Madison

  • Records of Garfield Lutheran Church, Madison, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]

Madison Lutheran Church

  • Records of Madison Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]

Riverside Lutheran Church, Dawson

  • Records of Riverside Lutheran Church, Dawson, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]

St. Pauli Lutheran Church, Bellingham

  • Records of St. Pauli Lutheran Church, Bellingham, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[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 Lac qui Parle 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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Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lac qui Parle 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

Lac Qui Parle County Historical Society
250 South 8th Ave
Madison MN 56256
Telephone: 320-598-7678

Southwest Minnesota Historical Center
Social Science 141
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Telephone: 507-537-7373

Lac Qui Parle County Historical Society
PO Box 124
Madison 56256

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, "Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lac qui Parle 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), Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota page 365, 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 5.2 5.3 "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.