Nobles County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Worthington
Organized: July 4, 1873[1]
Parent County(s): Brown[2]
Neighboring Counties
Cottonwood  • Jackson  • Lyon (IA)  • Murray  • Osceola (IA)  • Pipestone  • Rock
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Nobles County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William H. Nobles, a member of the Territorial Legislature. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Nobles County Courthouse
315 10th Street
Worthington, MN 56187
Phone: 507-295-5200
Nobles County Website

County Recorder has birth, marriage and death records from 1872 and land records.
Court Administration has divorce records from 1882, court records from 1874 and probate records.[4]

Nobles 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
1872 1872 1872 1874 1872 1873 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
Census-designated places
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 Nobles 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.
1860 35
1870 117 234.3%
1880 4,435 3690.6%
1890 7,958 79.4%
1900 14,932 87.6%
1910 15,210 1.9%
1920 17,917 17.8%
1930 18,618 3.9%
1940 21,215 13.9%
1950 22,435 5.8%
1960 23,365 4.1%
1970 23,208 −0.7%
1980 21,840 −5.9%
1990 20,098 −8.0%
2000 20,832 3.7%
2010 21,378 2.6%
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 Nobles 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]

Pipestone CountyMurray CountyCottonwood CountyRock CountyJackson CountyLyon CountyOsceola CountyMN NOBLES.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 Nobles County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • 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 Nobles County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Southwest Minnesota Historical Center
1501 State St
Marshall, MN 56258
507-537-6813
E-mail: pam.gladis@smsu.edu
Website

Worthington Library
407 12th Street
PO Box 1049
Worthington, MN 56187
507-295-5340
E-mail: nobleslib@co.nobles.mn.us
Website

Adrian Library
214 Maine Ave
PO Box 39
Adrian, MN 56110
507-483-2541
E-mail: adrianlib@co.nobles.mn.us
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Nobles County Historical Society
Pioneer Village
407 12th Street #2
Worthington, MN 56187
507-376-4431
E-mail: nchsociety@gmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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


Nobles County Genealogical and Historical Society
407 12th St Suite 2
Worthington, MN 56187-2472
507-376-4431
E-mail: n.c.h.society@gmail.com
Website

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 31 January 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 31 January 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Nobles County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobles_County,_Minnesota accessed 31 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 31 January 2021.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 31 January 2021.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Nobles County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobles_County,_Minnesota, accessed 31 January 2021.