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Jackson County MN genealogy website!
Jackson County is located in southwest Minnesota and borders Iowa.


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Welcome to the Jackson Co MN genealogy website! ------PLEASE READ!
My name is Randy Wendel (meet Randy), Rootsweb volunteer coordinator and webmaster for Jackson County, MN since May 2007, and lifetime member of the Jackson Co Hist. Society. I volunteer my time on behalf of Rootsweb to keep these pages updated. The Jackson County Historical Society does not have a website but is fully aware of this one which I maintain for Rootsweb and the GenWeb project. My goal is to keep this website regularly updated with Jackson Co genealogy and Jackson Co Historical Society information. I'm always interested in contributions to post on this website so please pass along any photos, person or family history/genealogy related items! Also note I live 150-miles from Jackson County (Bloomington MN) and the distance keeps me from regular on-site research activities or volunteer work at the historical society/museum. Therefore, the least I can do in any volunteer-capacity on a regular basis is maintain this web site.
Click here to email me with questions, submissions, etc.

OCTOBER 2014 activities...

If you enjoy any of the photos on these webpages, please feel free to use them, but I do ask if you post them elsewhere online, remember to mention where you obtained it. I only ask this so that others who may not be aware of the Jackson Co Genealogy website may be inclined to visit the site. I'm not so much concerned that everyone be made aware of MY photo(s) are being used...I'm just more interested in promoting this website as a resource to those who have no clue it exists.

It's already October and the only good news about that (for me) is it will indeed put me indoors more often with the upcoming colder weather, which means I'll be able to spend more time on the computer and hopefully getting some genealogy work done as well as some additional photo uploads to this site. I feel bad when I can't devote the time I want to add more items to the site, but life must go on and I do what I can when time permits. I used to regularly receive emails and correspondance from visitors but even that has dropped off in the past year.

I find many people on Facebook with Jackson Co connections and backgrounds...I often wonder if a Facebook genealogy page might be worthwile. It may not necessarily replace this website, but it could certainly help keep Jackson Co genealogy discussions a regular activity, not to mention any photos that go along with it. There are some dedicated Facebook pages tied to Jackson Co topics already, but not necessarily one devoted just to genealogy.

I apparently made the mistake of not restarting my Windows 7 PC for a long time. I've just left it on running without shutting it down. I went to do so one day and there are some windows updates that now can't seem to install themselves for various reasons. I have 2 "shutdown" updates to install that won't and keep re-appearing after I restart the PC, as well as about 6 "live" updates that just can't get themselves installed either. I have noticed the hard drive doing something which causes the HDD light to stay on constantly and the PC runs so slow during that time that I give up using it. I run security and virus software, and have run malware software several times. I believe it to be more registry related than anything. Guess I better be more admiment about recycling power to my PC more often and letting Windows self-clear itself which apparently it likes (or needs) to do once in awhile.

Jackson County area residents...can you help?
If you are within a short drive of the Jackson Co Historical Society and Museum, and have a little time you could spare, they could sure use your help! Why not consider dedicating 1 day out of the year (or just a Saturday morning?) to give back to your community and help preserve some history. Among any immediate items they need assistance with, there are MANY photos which need to be scanned so a digital file can be used to backup photos and documents and stored more safely. Imagine all paper-based items that would be lost if a fire or tornado destroyed them. Scanning items to digital format for safe keeping is important. Contact Mike 507-662-5505 and tell him you'd like to come in and lend a hand with something...he'll be very glad you did, and so will you!

Jackson...origin of the name
Jackson County (24 counties in the United States are named Jackson County), established on May 23, 1857, was named after Henry Jackson, the first merchant in St. Paul and a member of the first territorial legislature. You will find Jackson County in the Southwest corner of Minnesota (43.6750 N, 95.1567 W). The county seat is Jackson. The historical society is located in Lakefield.

Henry Jackson was born in Abingdon, VA, in 1811. He acquired only a limited education as a youth, but ultimately became a good penman and accountant through diligent self-study. Of a somewhat roving nature, he went off to serve as an orderly sergeant in the Texas "Patriot War" of 1836-7, then returned to Buffalo, NY, where he married Angelina Bivins (1814 NY) in 1838. Soon after, they emigrated to Green Bay, WI, then to Galena, IL. When his business failed in 1842, the family moved to St. Paul, where they rented a cabin from Pierre Parrant where the family lived temporarily. Jackson purchased 3 acres of land from Benjamin Gervais which was located in the area later bounded by Jackson, Robert, Bench, and 3rd Streets, which was then a high bank overlooking the lower levee. On this property, he built a log or pole cabin, and opened a small stock of goods suitable for the Indian trade. He soon did a prosperous business, and shortly thereafter became a community leader.

During his residence in St. Paul, he held several important offices. In 1843, he was appointed the first Justice of the Peace in St. Paul. In 1846, he was appointed as the first Postmaster, and in 1847, he was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly. He was later a member of the first Territorial Legislature of Minnesota, and was a member of the first St. Paul Town Council. In 1853, he and his family moved to Mankato, MN, where he played a role in founding the city. He died in 1857. Jackson Street in St. Paul, Mankato, and Jackson County, MN, were named for him. His real estate holdings were valued at $8,000 in 1850. He and Angeline had at least one child: William C. (1847 MN).



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Apr 12: add STRUBE link (family photos)
Apr 5: add stjohns baptist church confirmation photo
Mar 31: add BETTIN query to queries page
Feb 9: upload st pauls cemetery headstone photos
Feb 1: added KLARNER bio info to headstone photo
Jan 13: added video link to resources page
Jan 4: added NEITSEL query to queries page
Oct 20: added 2 new links to resources page
Sep 7: change broken .org-links on BIOS page to .net (per USGenArchives URL change)
Mar 17: update bad/old link to USGW on resources page
Mar 16: upload district 1 students photo
Mar 12: add Cady, Heasley, Howell obits to bios-obits page
Mar 09: edit McMath bio preface
Mar 4: upload water polo team photo, lowell and cora photo
Mar 2: upload Schultz query
Feb 17: upload Dist 55 photos, salem church alter photo from 1945
Feb 16: updated bad link for Bureau of Land Management. Add more CADY information
Feb 11: upload Jackson basketball team photos to photographs page
Feb 11: upload 5th grade class photo, Jackson, 1935 to photographs page
Feb 10: upload Cady photos to photographs page
Jan 16: upload District 100 student photos to photographs page
Jan 15: upload District 100 brochure to photographs page
Jan 13: add add'l names to surnames' page Jan 13: add missing name referencing headstone photo