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Greetings!  You have reached the MNGenWeb site for Chippewa County, Minnesota! 

My name is Ann McRoden Mensch, and I am the coordinator for this county.  Though I do not reside in Chippewa County, my family members have lived in this county for generations.  I have visited many times, but I often find that I still need to research my ancestors from a distance.  On this county page, I have tried to gather information and links which I hope will be helpful to you as you research your Chippewa County family from a distance. 

Please note:  Though the information on this web page is believed to be correct, the possibility of error remains.  Please notify Ann Mensch should an error be found, or if you have suggestions.

 

 

CHIPPEWA COUNTY

History & Genealogy Resources

| Cemeteries | Census  |  Churches |  History  |  History and Genealogy Societies  |

|  Land Records  |  Libraries  |  Maps  |  Military  |  Native American  |  Naturalization  |  Newspapers |

|  Townships & Towns |  Vital Records  |  Wills/Probate  | Local Links  |

|  MNGenWeb Archives for Chippewa County, MN  |

 

|  MNGenWeb County selection page  |

 

CEMETERIES

 

Ø Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Clara City, Chippewa Co., MN - USGenWeb Archives

Ø Bethany Reformed Cemetery, Clara City, Chippewa Co., MN - USGenWeb Archives

Ø Leenthrop Memorial Cemetery, Maynard - USGenWeb Archives

Ø Maynard Lutheran Cemetery, Maynard - USGenWeb Archives

Ø Swenson Farm Cemetery - USGenWeb Archives

Ø Chippewa County, Minnesota Cemeteries - on Findagrave.com

 

 

 

CENSUS

Chippewa County, Minnesota was established, in1862, and organized, in 1868, from a portion of Renville County.  In 1870, a portion of northern Chippewa County was taken to form Swift County. 

 

Ø  Minnesota State Census Index - 1849, 1850, 1853, 1855, 1857, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1905 -  via the Minnesota Historical Society

Ø  1850 Census - via familysearch.org

Ø  1860 Census - index - via familysearch.org

Ø  1870 Census - via familysearch.org

Ø  1880 Census - via familysearch.org

Ø  1900 Census - via familysearch.org

Ø  1910 Census - via familysearch.org

Ø  1920 Census - via familysearch.org

Ø  1930 Census - via familysearch.org

Ø  1940 Census - via familysearch.org

 

Ø  NARA: National Archives and Records Administration

o    The Genealogy Page.

o    About Census Records

o    Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840

o    Clues in Census Records, 1850-1930

o    Indian Census Rolls

o    Nonpopulation Census Records

o    Prologue, Spring 1996, Vol. 28, No. 1, "First in the Path of the Firemen" The Fate of the 1890 Population Census,” by Kellee Blake.

 

 

 

 

CHURCHES

 

Lutheran

ü Our Savior's Lutheran Church:  222 N. 5th Street, Montevideo, MN 56265;  Phone: (320) 269-8824

ü St. Paul Lutheran Church:  321 N. 5th Street, Montevideo, MN 56265

 

Methodist

ü United Methodist Church:  731 N. 11th Street, Montevideo, MN 56265;  Phone:  320) 269-9053

 

§  Montevideo Chamber of Commerce

ü Directory of Religious Organizations

 

 

HISTORY

 

Chippewa County, Minnesota was established, in1862, and organized, in 1868, from a portion of Renville County.  In 1870, a portion of northern Chippewa County was taken to form Swift County.

 

 

§  A Pictorial History of Montevideo, Minnesota - facebook

§  Chippewa County, Minnesota History - via Minnesota Historical Society

§  Chapman's new [1856] sectional map of Minnesota, by Silas Chapman.  Milwaukee, Wis. : Dyer & Pasmore, 1856. - via Library of Congress

 

BOOKS

§  Montevideo Historical Album and Centennial Program Book.    Montevideo: Fred's Print Shop.  1971.

 

§  The People of Chippewa County. Chippewa County History "A Century of Change".  Dallas:  Taylor Publishing Company,  1993.    

 

§  Chippewa County Guidebook to Cemeteries.  Chippewa County Genealogy Society.  (Dec 1994).    

 

§  History of Chippewa And Lac qui Parle Counties Minnesota Their People, Industries and Institutions.  L. R. Moyer and  O. G. Dale.  (Joint Editors). Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.,  1916. 

 

§  Atlas and Farm Directory with Complete Survey in Township Plats Chippewa County, Minnesota, Containing Plats of all Townships with Owners' Names; also Maps of the State, United States and World; also an Outline Map of the County Showing Location of Townships, Villages, Roads, Schools, Churches, Railroads, Streams, Etc., Etc.  "The Farmer, A Journal of Agriculture".  St. Paul: Webb Publishing Co.,  1914.  

 

 

 

HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

 

Ø Chippewa County Historical Society

151 Arnie Anderson Drive

P.O. Box 303

Montevideo, MN  56265

Phone: (320) 269-7636

 

 

 

 

LAND RECORDS

 

Ø Bureau Of Land Management - General Land Office Records:  Search the Land Patents for Minnesota by selecting "Minnesota" from the drop-down menu...You may also limit the search to only 1 county, by selecting the county from a menu as well.  Then enter the name you wish to locate among these records.

 

 

 

 

LIBRARIES

 

Ø Montevideo-Chippewa County Public Library

 224 South First Street

 Montevideo, MN  56265

 Phone: (320) 269-6501

 

Ø Clara City Public Library

126 North Main Street

Clara City, MN

Phone: (320) 847-3535

 

Ø Maynard Public Library

331 Mason Avenue

Maynard, MN 56260

Phone: (320) 367-2143

 

Ø Milan Public Library

235 North 2nd Street

Milan, MN 56262

Phone: (320) 734-4792

 

 

 

 

MAPS

 

Ø ca. 1917 Map of Chippewa County, Minnesota - on this page

§  Chapman's new [1856] sectional map of Minnesota, by Silas Chapman.  Milwaukee, Wis. : Dyer & Pasmore, 1856. - via Library of Congress

§  MGDC Map Gallery

§  GLO Historic Plat Map Retrieval System - " . . . This digital collection is a compilation of the state’s original plat maps drawn by the U.S. Surveyor General’s Office over the years 1848–1907. . ."

 

 

 

MILITARY

 

Ø Soldiers and Sailors: Civil War Database - via The National Park Service

Ø Chippewa County, Minnesota 1883 List of Pensioners on the Roll

Ø  NARA: National Archives and Records Administration

o    Military Records available from the National Archives

o    Military Service and Pension Records: Requesting Pre-WWI

o    Civil War Records: An Introduction and Invitation, By Michael P. Musick  (Prologue, Summer 1995)

o    Women Soldiers of the Civil War, by DeAnne Blanton (Prologue, Spring 1993)

o    Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines of the Spanish-American War: The Legacy of USS Maine, By Rebecca Livingston (Prologue, Spring 1998).

o    They Answered the Call: Military Service in the United States Army during World War I, 1917-1919  (Prologue, Fall 1998). -- A guide to looking for information about World War I army veterans - By Mitchell Yockelson.

o    State-level Lists of Casualties from the Korean Conflict (1951-1957) and the Vietnam Conflict , By Theodore J. Hull, (Prologue, Spring 2000).

 

 

 

NATIVE AMERICAN

 

§  Minnesota Indiana Tribes

 

 

 

NATURALIZATION/IMMIGRATION RECORDS

 

Ø What are naturalization records? - via the Minnesota Historical Society

Ø Naturalization & Immigration Records Index - via the Minnesota Historical Society

 

 

 

NEWSPAPERS

 

§  Montevideo American-News

 

 

 

QUERIES / MESSAGE BOARDS

 

ü Message Board for Chippewa County, Minnesota - rootsweb

ü Chippewa County, Minnesota Genealogy Forum - genealogy.com

 

 

CHIPPEWA COUNTY TOWNSHIPS / TOWNS

 

ca. 1917 Map of Chippewa County, Minnesota

Current maps of Chippewa County, Minnesota - via the county's website

 

§  BIG BEND TOWNSHIP - Township 119 North, Range 41 West

ü Hagan

ü Big Ben City

 

§  CRATE TOWNSHIP - Township 118 North, Range 38 West

 

 

§  GRACE TOWNSHIP - Township 119 North, Range 39 West

ü Aggie

 

§  GRANITE FALLS TOWNSHIP - Township 116 North, Range 39 West

ü Granite Falls

ü Asbury Station (on ca. 1917 map)

ü Minnesota Falls Station (on ca. 1917 map)

o   About Minnesota Falls - via The Minnesota Historical Society

 

§  HAVELOCK TOWNSHIP - Township 118 North, Range 39 West

 

§  KRAGERO TOWNSHIP - portions of Township 119 North, Ranges 42 West and 43 West; and 118 North, Range 42 West

ü Milan

 

Local links: 

ü City of Milan, Minnesota

 

§  LEENTHROP TOWNSHIP - Township 117 North, Range 39 West

 

§  LONETREE TOWNSHIP - Township 118 North, Range 37 West

 

§  LOURISTON TOWNSHIP - Township 119 North, Range 38 West

 

§  MANDT TOWNSHIP - Township 119 North, Range 40 West

 

§  RHEIDERLAND TOWNSHIP - Township 117 North, Range 37 West

ü Clara City

 

Local links:

ü City of Clara City, Minnesota

o   History of Clara City

 

§  ROSEWOOD TOWNSHIP - Township 118 North, Range 40 West

 

§  SPARTA TOWNSHIP - Township 117 North, portions of Ranges 40 West and 41 West

v City of Montevideo

ü Wegdahl

 

Local Links:

 

v  City of Montevideo, Minnesota

ü Montevideo Chamber of Commerce

§  Historic Montevideo

 

 

§  STONEHAM TOWNSHIP  - Township 117 North, Range 38 West

ü Maynard

 

§  TUNSBERG TOWNSHIP - Township 118 North, Range 41 West

ü Watson

 

§  WOODS TOWNSHIP - Township 11 North, Range 37 West

 

Ca. 1917 Chippewa County, Minnesota Townships Map

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VITAL RECORDS

 

Ø Online Birth Certificates Index - via the Minnesota Historical Society

 

Ø Online Death Certificates Index - via the Minnesota Historical Society

 

Ø Minnesota, Marriage Index, 1958-2001 - via familysearch.org

 

For copies of records for births, marriages and deaths which occurred in Chippewa County, MN, contact the Chippewa County Recorder (see below).

 

Ø Chippewa County Recorder

County Courthouse

629 North 11th Street

Montevideo, MN 56265

320-269-9431

www.co.chippewa.mn.us

". . . Another responsibility of the Recorder is the filing of all birth and death certificates for people who were born and died in Chippewa County. Chippewa County also takes marriage applications and issues Marriage Licenses and records military discharges.  Any person interested in their genealogy may come into the office and research their family history. All records in the office date back to the 1870’s. . ."

 

State birth records start in 1900 and death records in 1908.  For earlier records, and for marriage records, contact the Chippewa County Recorder (see above).

 

Ø Minnesota Department of Health

Central Cashiering – Vital Records

PO Box 64499

St Paul, MN 55164-0499

Birth Certificates - about and "how to" obtain

Death Certificates - about and "how to" obtain

". . . If you have questions about how to get a Minnesota birth certificate, email the Office of Vital Records at health.issuance@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5980. . ."

 

 

 

WILLS & PROBATE

 

Ø Index to Minnesota, Will Records, 1849-1985 - familysearch.org

 

 

LINKS

 

Ø MNGenWeb Archives for Chippewa County, MN

 

Ø City of Montevideo, Minnesota

v City of Clara City, Minnesota

o   History of Clara City

ü City of Milan, Minnesota

 

§  Montevideo Chamber of Commerce

ü Historic Montevideo

§  Minnesota.gov -  entry point to Minnesota State government information and services

 

 

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Surrounding Chippewa County, MNGenWeb Links

 

 

North: Swift County, MN

East: Kandiyohi County, MN

South: Renville County, MN

Southwest: Yellow Medicine County, MN

West: Lac Qui Parle County, MN

Northwest: Big Stone County, MN

 

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