Fillmore County MN Genealogy

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Fillmore County


Minnesota was organized as a territory in 1849 and by 1852, the population was estimated at 20,000. Fillmore County, named for President Millard Fillmore,was created by an act of Territorial Legislature on March 5, 1853 when it was subdivided off what had been Wabasha County. At that time, Fillmore County included all of present-day Fillmore and Houston counties, most of Winona and some of Olmsted. Later legislation creating Houston, Winona and finally Olmsted counties reduced Fillmore to its present size of 24 townships. The county seat, designated originally at Chatfield, was later moved to Carimona, with the final move to Preston in April of 1856. The townships were organized in 1858 when Minnesota became a state.

The MNGenWeb and The USGenWeb Projects

In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index. This led to the USGenWeb of which Minnesota is a part.

It is the USGenWeb policy to provide FREE information to help everyone with their research. If you have public domain documents that would help other researchers, please submit them to me or the MNGenWeb Archives Coordinator. These archives depend fully on volunteers to transcribe items and donate files. Contributions by folks like you make this project grow. Due to storage space restrictions we cannot accept family gedcoms at this time. Some types of records we can accept: anything in the public domain, anything published before 1923 and items published after 1923 with the author's written permission. Please see The USGenWeb Archives for more information.

My name is Marge Utley and I have been your volunteer coordinator for Fillmore County MNGenWeb since 1996. I hope you find something here to help you with your family research. Feel free to post a query to the Fillmore County Message Board or Fillmore Co MN mailing list or contact the Fillmore County History Center. Good luck!