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==== Boundary Changes  ====
==== Boundary Changes  ====
For animated maps illustrating Minnesota County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/minnesota/ "Rotating Formation Minnesota County Boundary Maps"] (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
== Societies and Libraries  ==
See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/minnesota/mn-society-archive/ Minnesota Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
*[http://www.browncountyhistorymn.org/ Brown County Historical Society]
*[http://www.browncountyhistorymn.org/ Brown County Historical Society]
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== Web Sites  ==
== Web Sites  ==
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/minnesota/brown-county/ Brown County, MN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111162432339531980638 Minnesota Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/240275422649626 Minnesota Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
*[http://genforum.com/mn/brown/ Brown County, MN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
*[http://genforum.com/mn/brown/ Brown County, MN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
*{{FHL|Minnesota%2C+Brown|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
*{{FHL|Minnesota%2C+Brown|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  

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Guide to Brown County Minnesota genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Brown County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Brown County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855
County Seat New Ulm
Address Brown County Courthouse
14 South State Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
Phone: 507-233-6600 (Administration Department)
Phone: 507-233-6657
Brown County Website

County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1857 and land records.
Clerk District Court has divorce and probate records from 1856
and court records from 1885.
Minnesota Historical Society
naturalization records.[1]


Parent County

  • 1855--Brown County was created 20 February 1855 from Blue Earth County.  County seat: New Ulm [2]
  • For a brief history of how Brown County was named, click here.  Then select Brown County.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Minnesota County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Minnesota County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss


Populated Places


Cobden | Comfrey | Evan | Hanska  | New Ulm | Sleepy Eye | Springfield


Albin Township | Bashaw Township | Burnstown Township | Cottonwood Township | Eden Township | Home Township | Lake Hanska Township | Leavenworth Township  | Linden Township  | Milford Township | Mulligan Township | North Star Township | Prairieville Township | Sigel Township | Stark Township | Stately Township




Neighboring Counties




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.


Lake Hanska Lutheran Church, Hanska

  • Records of the Lake Hanska Lutheran Church, Hanska, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[3]

St. John's Lutheran Church, Springfield

  • Records of St. John's Lutheran Church, Springfield, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[3]



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 Brown 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.




Civil War

Civil War service men from Faribault 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 Faribault County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company L.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies G and M.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company G.


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


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

See also a List of Minnesota Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Minnesota page 362, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 "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, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.