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

Jackson County, Minnesota


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Welcome to the Jackson Co MN genealogy website! ------PLEASE READ!
My name is Randy Wendel (meet Randy), Rootsweb MNGenWeb volunteer County Coordinator and webmaster for Jackson County, MN since May 2007, and lifetime member of the Jackson Co Hist. Society. The Jackson County Historical Society does not have a website but is fully aware of this one which I maintain, but please feel free to say "hello" to Mike, director of JCHS, should you ever visit to talk with him. Mike and I communicate somewhat regularly and it's not unusual for researchers to contact him for items or information after having visited here or corresponded with me. My goal is to keep this website regularly updated with Jackson Co genealogy and Jackson Co Historical Society information. It is my primary goal to concentrate on the PEOPLE and genealogical roots of Jackson County, although there may be some expansion to other direct historical information (i.e. events and buildings) in Jackson county since it may have been an important or direct factor in the life of someone (genealogical standpoint). 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 be aware I live 150-miles from Jackson County (Bloomington MN) and the distance keeps me from regular on-site research activities, cemetery visits for this website or volunteer work at the historical society/museum for that matter. 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.

MARCH-APRIL 2015 activities...

We went from minus -6 degrees to +50 degrees in 5 days in early March. It didn't take long for most of the snow (what little we had) to fade away. Like any Minnesotan, the first few nice days of 50-degrees means you start putting away the snowblower and digging out the patio furniture. An early warm-up in March leads us to often forget we can still be buried in a good snowstorm anytime during the month of April. However, on average, we know those chances are low despite the fact it can occasionally happen.

I'm a bit late updating the monthly photo at the top of the page, and yes, you are seeing a photo which has appeared here before. It gets a little hectic trying to find a new photo each month and although I have several to choose from, they are newer photos from the past few years and do not reflect anything "historic" or from more years in the past. Temporarily, I have decided to leave the photo alone for now to free up some time doing other website related items. Busy life means less time to do pay attention to detail and I'd rather spend the time doing something to add to the site rather than worry about one photo each month. I do like the fact one can visit this home page and determine if it's "still alive" based upon the quick-look at the photo each month (which I tried to change around the 1st of the months). But, believe me, I'm still here.

Our "team" of Minnesota county coordinators (I am responsible for Jackson County) has been busy now that we have 2 new STATE coordinators. Yes...2 state coordinators. Typically there is 1 state coordinator, followed by county coordinators (Minnesota has 87 counties). In the recent case of electing new state coordinator, we had 3 choices and the election process narrowed it down to 2, and the election was a tie, so the 2 new state coordinators will be working together. If one falls asleep, the other can take the wheel for awhile, etc. There are a number of counties which need coordinators, though. Simply put, the responsibility of a county coordinator is to maintain a webpage of genealogy-related items to their respective county. Web page experience is something one needs to be familiar with, and an interest in genealogy is required. To view a list of available counties needing coordinators, check out this newly designed webpage for a listing.

One new graphic you will notice on the Minnesota GenWeb pages these days is a new MN GenWeb Logo. It is simply a replacement to the previous graphic which depicted a lake scene with "land of 10,000 lakes" printing in the lower-right corner. Also, at this same link, you can browse around to other portions of Minnesota Genealogy. It is essentially the state-level website which is simply the "parent" website to all of the individual county websites such as the one you are looking at right now.

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).



Jackson Co Fair 2015 July 21-25 Official web page, click here.

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