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Benton County, Minnesota Facts

Benton County

When was Benton County, MN Created?
Benton County was created on October 27, 1849 as one of nine original counties formed from St. Croix County, Wisconsin Territory. The county was named in honor of Thomas Hart Benton (1782–1858), U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1821-51, who championed the passage of the first homestead land laws.

What is the County Seat of Benton County, MN?
The County Seat is located in Foley and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Benton County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Mille Lacs County (northeast), Sherburne County (southeast), Stearns County (southwest), Morrison County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Benton County, MN?
Cities and towns located in the County include Foley, Gilman, Rice, Ronneby, Royalton, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud.

Benton County, MN Vital Records

Where can find Benton County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Benton County vital records can be found at the Minnesota Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth resords from 1900 and death records from 1908. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Minnesota for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Benton County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

Benton County, MN Census Records

What Benton County, MN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Benton County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Benton Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Benton Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Benton Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890.

Benton Co. territorial and state censuses exist for the years 1849-1905.. There is free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Minnesota Census Records Research Guide

Benton County, MN Courthouse and Government Records

Benton County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Benton County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Benton County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Minnesota Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Benton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 615 Highway 23, Foley , MN 56329
    • Phone: (320) 968-5205
  • Benton County Recorder is responsible for all the real estate records for properties located in the County. Permanent records of deeds, mortgages and other various real estate records are recorded/filed in this office. As Local Registrar, the office protects and issues certified copies of Birth and Death records, Marriage Certificates & Military Discharge Records.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1865 / 1867 (It is no longer necessary to go to the registrar's office of the county where the birth or death took place. You may go to a registrar's office in any county in Minnesota for births that took place during of after 1900 and for deaths that took place during or after 1997)
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1850
  • Benton County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
    • Probate Records: 1852
    • Court Records: 1850 
  • Minnesota, Will Records, 1849-1985
  • Minnesota Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Benton County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Benton County, MN?
A list of Benton County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Minnesota Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Benton County, MN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Benton County, MN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Benton County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is simply a list which has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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Benton Co. MN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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