Lyon County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Marshall
Organized: March 9, 1875[1]
Parent County(s): Redwood[2]
Neighboring Counties
Lincoln  • Murray  • Pipestone  • Redwood  • Yellow Medicine
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Lyon County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Nathaniel Lyon. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lyon County Courthouse
607 W Main St
Marshall, MN 56258-3021
Phone: 507-537-6734
Lyon County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1874, marriage records from 1872, divorce, probate and court records from 1880.
County Recorder has land records. [4]

Lyon County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1874 1872 1874 1880 1870 1880 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Lyon County, Minnesota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links to Federal, State, and Territorial censuses, see Minnesota Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 6,257
1890 9,501 51.8%
1900 14,591 53.6%
1910 15,722 7.8%
1920 18,837 19.8%
1930 19,328 2.6%
1940 21,569 11.6%
1950 22,253 3.2%
1960 22,655 1.8%
1970 24,273 7.1%
1980 25,207 3.8%
1990 24,789 −1.7%
2000 25,425 2.6%
2010 25,857 1.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information, see Minnesota Church Records.

Lutheran

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lyon County. 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Yellow Medicine CountyRedwood CountyCottonwood CountyMurray CountyPipestone CountyLincoln CountyMN LYON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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 Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Since Minnesota tax records include only persons who owned taxable property, many residents were not included. Still they complement land records and can be used in place of missing censuses or the years between censuses. There may also be gaps. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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 Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Minnesota Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Lyon County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Lyon County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Marshall-Lyon County Library
201 C Street
Marshall, MN 56258
507-537-7003
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Wheels Across the Prairie Museum
3297 US Hwy 14
PO Box 1091
Tracy, MN 56175
507-626-1949
Email: info@wheelsacrosstheprairie.org
Website

The Lyon County Museum
301 W Lyon St
Marshall, MN 56258
507-537-6580
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Lyon County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Minnesota Societies.

The Prairieland Genealogical Society (PGS)
301 W Lyon St
Marshall, MN 56258
507-537-6580
Marshall, MN 56258
Website

Balaton Area Historical Society
Balaton Area History Center
161 2nd Avenue W
PO Box 213
Balaton, MN 56115
507-829-3095
Email: BalatonArea.Histsoc@yahoo.com
Facebook

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 28 January 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 28 January 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lyon County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon_County,_Minnesota accessed 28 January 2021
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 28 January 2021.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 28 January 2021.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Lyon County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon_County,_Minnesota, accessed 28 January 2021.