Sherburne County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Sherburne County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Sherburne County
Location in the state of Minnesota
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Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 25, 1856
County Seat Elk River
Address Sherburne County Courthouse
13880 Hwy 10
Elk River, MN 55330-4601
Phone: 763.241.2915
Sherburne County Website

County Information


The County was named for Moses Sherburne, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Minnesota Territory. The County is located in the east central area of the state. [1]

Sherburne County, Minnesota Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1858 1870 1877 1856 1893 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse

Court Administrator has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1858, divorce records from 1884,
probate records from 1893 and court records from 1877.
County Recorder has land records. [3]


Parent County

  • 1856--Sherburne County was created 25 February 1856 from Benton County.  County seat: Elk River [4]
  • For a brief history of how Cherburne County was named, click here, then select Sherburne County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Clear Lake
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Clear Lake, Minnesota

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
MNGenWeb 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.


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 Sherburne 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 Sherburne 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

Sherburne History Center Historical Society
10775 27th Ave SE
Becker, MN 55308
Telephone: 763-261-4433

Sherburn Area Historical Society
333 Fox Lake Ave Apt 6
Sherburn MN 56171-9651
Telephone: 507-764-2766

Sherburn Historical Society
410 N. Prairie
Sherburn 56171

Sherburne County Historical Society
13122 First Street
Becker 55308

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, "Sherburne County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sherburne 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), Sherburne County, Minnesota page 368, 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).