Wabasha County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Wabasha
Organized: March 1, 1856[1]
Parent County(s): non-county area[2]
Neighboring Counties
Buffalo (WI)  • Goodhue  • Olmsted  • Pepin (WI)  • Winona
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Wabasha County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Wabasha County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for three successive chiefs of Mississippi bands of Dakota Indians. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wabasha County Courthouse
625 Jefferson Avenue
Wabasha, MN 55981
Phone: 651-412-8627
Wabasha County Website

County Recorder has birth and death records from 1870, marriage records from 1865 and land records from 1855.
Court Administration has divorce, probate and court records from 1858.
Veterans Service Office has military records.[4]

Wabasha 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
1870 1865 1870 1858 1855 1858 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 Wabasha 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.
1850 243
1860 7,228 2874.5%
1870 15,850 119.3%
1880 18,206 14.9%
1890 16,972 −6.8%
1900 18,924 11.5%
1910 18,554 −2.0%
1920 17,919 −3.4%
1930 19,613 9.5%
1940 17,653 −10.0%
1950 16,878 −4.4%
1960 17,007 0.8%
1970 17,224 1.3%
1980 19,335 12.3%
1990 19,744 2.1%
2000 21,610 9.5%
2010 21,676 0.3%
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.

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 Wabasha 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]

Goodhue CountyOlmsted CountyWinona CountyBuffalo CountyPepin CountyMN WABASHA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men from Wabasha County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Wabasha County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Company G.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies A and M.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies G and I.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies G and H.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company K
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.

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 Wabasha County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

  • Inventory of the county archives of Minnesota, no. 79, Wabasha County (Wabasha). St. Paul, MN 1939. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

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

The Wabasha Library
168 Alleghany Ave
Wabasha, MN
651-565-3927
Website

Lake City Public Library
201 S High St
Lake City, MN 55041
651-345-4013
Website

Plainview Public Library
345 1st Avenue NW
Plainview, MN 55964
507-534-3425
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Wabasha County Historical Society Museum
PO Box 255
70537 206th Avenue
Reads Landing, MN 55968
Email: info@wabashacountyhistory.org
Website

Lake City Historical Society Museum
PO Box 246
205 W Center St
Lake City, MN 55041
612-889-0942
Email: donals@embarqmail.com
Website

Plainview Area History Center Museum
Route 1, Box 209
40 4th Street SW
Watkins House Museum
140 3rd Street NW
Plainview, MN 55964
507-534-4173 or 507-534-2670
Email: plainviewmnhistory@gmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Wabasha County Historical Society
PO Box 255
Lake City, MN 55041
877-525-3248
Email: info@wabashacountyhistory.org
Website

Lake City Historical Society
PO Box 246
205 W Center St
Lake City, MN 55041
612-889-0942
Email: donals@embarqmail.com
Website

Plainview Area History Center
Route 1, Box 209
40 4th Street SW
Plainview, MN 55964
507-534-4173
Email: plainviewmnhistory@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 13 March 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 13 March 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Wabasha County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabasha_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 March 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 13 March 2021.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 13 March 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, "Wabasha County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabasha_County,_Minnesota, accessed 13 March 2021.