Winona County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Winona County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Winona County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded April 4, 1854
County Seat Winona
Winona County Court House, MN.jpg
Address Winona County Courthouse
171 W 3rd Street
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: 507-457-6340
Winona County Website

County Information


The County was named for a Dakota legend regarding a woman, referred to as Winona, who was betrothed to marry a warrior whom she did not love. Rather than marry him, she is said to have leapt to her death from a rock now called "Maiden's Rock" on Lake Pepin. This legend is colloquially referred to as the Winona legend. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [1]

Winona County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1854 1870 1850 1853 1856

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870
probate records from 1871 and school records 1909-1939. [3]


Parent County

  • 1854--Winona County was created 4 April 1854 from Fillmore and Wabasha Counties.  County seat: Winona [4]
  • For a brief history of how Winona County was named click here.  Then select Winona County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

History Books

"The History of Wabasha County"  Online history book of early Wabasha and Winona Counties published in 1884.


Populated Places


Altura | Dakota | Elba | Goodwin | La Crescent | Lewiston | Minneiska | Minnesota City | Rollingstone | St. Charles | Stockton | Utica | Winona


Dresbach | Elba | Fremont | Hart | Hillsdale | Homer | Mt. Vernon | New Hartford | Norton | Pleasant Hill | Richmond | Rollingstone | Saratoga | St. Charles | Utica | Warren | Whitewater | Wilson | Wiscoy

Unincorporated Communities

Ashton | Enterprise | Grover | Homer | Whitewater Falls

Wikipedia for Winona County

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.

  • Records of the Central Lutheran Church, Winona, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]


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:


Maiden Rock

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Winona 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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Civil War

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

- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies G, I and L.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company K.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies B and D.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company K
- Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company A.
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company B.


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Winona 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

Winona County Genealogical Society
PO Box 363
Winona 55987

Winona County Historical Society
160 Johnson Street
Winona 55987
Telephone: 507-454-2723

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, "Winona 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), Winona County, Minnesota page 370, 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. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.