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Lincoln County, Minnesota
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Lincoln County, Minnesota Facts

Lincoln County

When was Lincoln County, MN Created?
Lincoln County was created on November 4, 1873 (Organized in 1881) from Lyon County. The county was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), member of Congress from Illinois, 1847-49; president of the United States, 1861-65.

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

What counties are adjacent to Lincoln County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Yellow Medicine County (north), Lyon County (east), Pipestone County (south), Brookings County, South Dakota (west), Deuel County, South Dakota (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Lincoln County, MN?
Cities and towns located in the County include Arco, Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton, Tyler, Verdi.

Lincoln County, MN Vital Records

Where can find Lincoln County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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.

Lincoln County, MN Census Records

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

Lincoln Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. Lincoln Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1880. Lincoln Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890.

Lincoln 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

Lincoln County, MN Courthouse and Government Records

Lincoln County Courthouse

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

  • Lincoln County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 319 N. Rebecca, Ivanhoe , MN 56142
    • Phone: (507) 694-1355
  • Lincoln 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: 1879 (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: 1879
    • Land Records: 1874
  • Lincoln County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
    • Probate Records: 1878 
    • Court Records: 1880 
  • Minnesota, Will Records, 1849-1985
  • Minnesota Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Lincoln County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Lincoln County Historical Society, 406 Brooks St, Hendricks MN 56136
  • Lake Benton Area Historical Society, PO Box 267, 108 South Center Street, Lake Benton MN, Phone: 507 368-4480
  • Southwest Minnesota Historical Center, Social Science 141, Southwest Minnesota State University, 1501 State Street, Marshall, MN 56258; (507) 537-7373
  • Minnesota State Archives, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3260
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society, 1185 Concord St. N. Suite 218, South St. Paul, MN 55075-1187
  • Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 . 651-259-3000

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Lincoln County, MN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Lincoln 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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