Traverse County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Traverse County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Traverse County
Location in the state of Minnesota
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Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1862
County Seat Wheaton
Address Traverse County Courthouse
702 2nd Ave N
PO Box 487
Wheaton, MN 56296
Phone: 320.563.4266
Phone 320-563-4343 (phone)
Phone: 320-563-4311 (fax)
Traverse County Website

County Information


The County was named for Lake Traverse. The County is located in the west central area of the state. [1]

Traverse County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881 1881 1881 1850 1872 1880

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, divorce,
probate, court and land records from 1881. [3]


Parent County

1862--Traverse County was created 20 February 1862 from Pierce (Eliminated 20 Feb 1862) County and unorganized territory.
County seat: Wheaton [4]

  • For a brief history of how Traverse County was named, click here, then select Traverse County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

  • Arthur
  • Clifton
  • Croke
  • Dollymount
  • Folsom
  • Lake Valley
  • Leonardsville
  • Monson
  • Parnell
  • Redpath
  • Tara
  • Taylor
  • Tintah
  • Walls
  • Windsor

Neighboring Counties



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

  • Wheaton, Minnesota: Centennial History, 1887-1987. Wheaton, MN: Gazette Oublishing Co., 1987. Print. 


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Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Traverse County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • The Wheaton Gazette (May 1925-Current; Weekly)
  • Wheaton Gazette-Reporter (1889 [?]-April 1925; Weekly)
  • Wheaton Gazette (March 1885-1889 [?]; Weekly)
  • Browns Valley Reporter (May 1880-1889 [?]; Weekly)
  • The Valley News (April 1926-Current; Weekly)
  • The Traverse County Star (1922 [?]-1924[?]; Weekly)
  • Traverse County Traveler (April 1916-November 1918; Weekly)
  • Weekly Footprints (June 1903-Mar 1916; Weekly)
  • The Footprints (September 1894-June 1903; Weekly)
  • Browns Valley Footprints (1890 [?]-September 1894; Weekly)
  • Browns Valley Inter-Lake Tribune (February 1902-March 1936; Weekly)
  • Inter-Lake Tribune (1894 [?]-February 1902; Weekly)
  • Inter-Lake Tribune and Traverse County Times (1891 [?]-1894[?]; Weekly)
  • The Dumont Journal (May 1902-[?]; Weekly)
  • The Weekly Call (1902 [?]-[?]; Weekly)
  • The Browns Valley Courier (1891 [?]; Weekly)



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

Traverse County Historical Society
1201 Broadway
Wheaton, MN 56296

Traverse-des-sioux Genealogical Society
815 Nicollet Ave
North Mankato 56001

Traverse County Historical Society
601 1st Avenue South (mailing address)
Corner of Broadway Avenue and Trail Street (museum address)
Wheaton, MN 56296
Telephone: 320-563-8520

Browns Valley Historical Society
PO Box 13
Browns Valley, MN 56219
Telephone: 320-695-2312

Wheaton Community Library
901 1st Avenue North
Wheaton, MN 56296
Telephone: 320-563-8487
Fax: 320-563-8815

Browns Valley Public Library
PO Box 307
15 3rd Street South
Browns Valley, MN 56219
Telephone: 320-695-2318
Fax: 320-695-2125

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, "Traverse County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  2. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 385-403. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Traverse County, Minnesota page 369, 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. MNHS Library Catalogue; Traverse County Newspapers. (accessed November 9, 2011).