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 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.
JANUARY 2015 activities...
January started off cold, a reminder of last season. The new year will bring some changes to the "behind the scenes" of this and other county web pages. Or, to be more precise, a change of whom will be our new state coordinator. These county webpages are all hosted by RoostWeb, and every state and every county of every state is part of the GenWeb project. The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone. You can visit the USGenWeb Project page(s) by clicking here. Each state has a State Coordinator who fills 2 basic functions. One function is to maintain a state web page, the other function is assuring all (or as many) state counties have a coordinator and are actively maintaining them. Therefore, each county has (you guessed it) a county coordinator. I am the "county coordinator" for Jackson County MN. In any case, I eluded to this last month that our past State Coordinator had faded away for the most part, and perhaps lost interest or had a life to fulfill and so forth. While that can happen to anyone, it is the state coordinators' job to assure everyone is present-and-accounted-for at the county level and that county websites aren't going neglected.
We are currently in the process of electing a new state coordinator. Through the past several weeks, it has been interesting to learn how many people who maintain county websites are actually located out of state. The Minnesota county I grew up in (not Jackson Co) actually lives in Florida, and it is my understanding that person may have never, if possibly only on one occasion, stepped foot in Minnesota. Well, I guess that's not really a problem for maintaining a website. What matters is that people researching ancestors can find useful information on a GenWeb website (like this one). It's one thing to upload and maintain the website, it is another to acquire all of it in the first place. A reminder to you if you have any photos, biographys, obituaries, and the like to share, please email anything to me for the benefit of others who are researching. I have, through my own online genealogy work and research, found a few long-distant "cousins" related to my familoy tree. One lives in Germany, another in Missouri, and one from California. They are way out across the tree on another branch, but are still family from the same tree. As it turns out, two of them and myself are connected on Facebook. Nice to keep up with them and hopefully someday we can meet.
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).
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Jackson Co Fair 2014 Official web page, click here.
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