Le Sueur County, Minnesota

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Welcome to the Le Sueur County portion of the MNGenWeb.
Le Sueur County is available for adoption:
If you have a local connection to Le Sueur County or an interest in Minnesota in general,
please consider joining the MGGenWeb
as a County Coordinator.
Requirements are simple, peruse them here.
and... Contact Tim if you are interested.
My Name is Martha and I am the Temporary County Coordinator.
I live on the Central Coast of California, so cannot do 'on the ground research in Le Sueur County.'
But, that said, I am an experienced Online Researcher and might be able to
help you locate that 'missing piece of your Ancestral Pie'
I can be reached via email: Contact: Martha

Table of Contents
History ~ Biographies ~ Maps ~ Family Web Pages ~ What's new ~ Queries and Lookups ~ Cemeteries ~ FS Collections & Databases
Vital Records ~ Military ~ Crime and Punishment ~ Family Search: Historical Images ~ Odds and Ends

Le Sueur Neighbors:
Blue Earth, Nicolett, Rice, Scott, Sibley, Waseca

Le Sueur County Townships
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Interactive Map of Minnesota [1916]

Search LeSueur County

History ~ Biographies ~ Maps ~ Family Web Pages ~ What's new ~ Queries and Lookups ~ Cemeteries

Interested in another Minnesota County?
Here is the List of Counties and Towns Settled in 1862
Le Sueur County was part of the Big Woods and is nestled in the Minnesota River Valley.
The county seat is Le Center. Here is the WIKI
The county was created in 1853, when Minnesota was still a territory. Minnesota became a state in 1858.

There are several old History Books that contain Biographical Data:

Links to Indexes will be listed below. All of the books are available on either FS or the Archive.org Site
"History of the Minnesota Valley, 1882" ~ "History of SouthWestern Minnesota, 1897"
"History of Nicollet & Le Sueur Counties, Minnesota": 1913 & 1916
"History of Minnesota, 1878" [Military & Native Americans]
Additional Biographies can be found here.
Minnesota Historical Society

"Personal Recollections
Minnesota and Its People"
Early History of Minneapolis
John H Stevens, Minneapolis, Minn, 1890
The Index is Here ~ Read Online or Download

"Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography "
by Wilson, James Grant, 1832-1914; Fiske, John, 1842-1901
Publication date 1900 / Read Online or Download
Appleton Review

"History of the Great Northwest and it's Men of Progress"
CGW Hyde, 1901

Pub: The Minneapolis Journal
` The Index is here.
Read Online or Download


"What's New"
The National Archives has an inpressive and extensive list of Resources: All Free for Access
Please use this Link

>>>What's New<<<
Book Assortment: Crime, Biography, Medical
There are  download links for Archive.org & Google E Book Items

"The Physicians and Surgeons of the United States"
Edited By:
William B Atkinson, M D: Author of "Hints in the Obstertic Procedure," etc...
Philadelphia: Charles Robson, 1878
There are three Indexes, "Alpha", "Local" & "Analytical" The two most useful are Alpha and Local
The Indexes are Here

The Book can be read online or downloaded.

"Woman's Who's Who of America"
A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada
1914-1915: John William Leonard, Editor-in-Chief
New York: The American Commonwealth Company
There is no Alpha Index, instead the Authors saw fit to make one that is titled: "Her Married Name".
There is an Addenda - Corrections set of pages.
The Bios are listed Alphabetically.
The Addenda and 'Married Name'
The book can be read online or downloaded

"Men of America"
A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporaries
Edited By: John W Leonard
L R Hamersly & Company
One West Thirty Fourth Street, New York city: 1908
There is no TOC or Index ~ Entries are Alphabetical :
Google Books: Read Online or Download

"Men and Women of America"
A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporaries
L R Hamersly & Company
One West Thirty Fourth Street, New York city: 1910
Copyright 1909 By
L R Hamersly & Company, New York
There is no TOC or Index ~ Entries are Alphabetical
Read Online or Download

"The American Bar"
The Professional Directoy of
Lawyers of the World
Sarah Livermore: Editor
Sixty-Second Annual Edition: 1980
Published by:
Reginald Bishop Forster & Associates, Inc
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Please use this link for Index and Split Sections

"Professional Criminals of America"
Thomas Byrnes
Inspector of Police and Chief of Detectives: New York City
Cassell & Company, Limited
739 & 741 Broadway, New York
Copyright, 1886 By Thomas Brynes
Index and Sections are Here

Read Online or Download [FS]

A new Archive Service: Archive-It
Here is a new way to search MN Digital Newspapers
Please use this Link


The Funeral Card Resource is included here because of the wide variety of locations for folks

Funeral cards, 1987-1989
Mankato Mortuary [Mankato, Minnesota]
Film # 1651939
Microfilm of original records.

The funeral cards are divided into three alphabets, one for each year 1987-1989. The information on the cards are not always complete but could give: the name and address of the deceased and the informant, birthdate and place of deceased, death date and place, where buried, length of residence in community and prior residence, parents' names and birthplace, spouse's name and marriage date, occupation, church membership, survivors' names, funeral costs, and other information.
Image Ranges:
1987: 4 - 141
1988: 142 - 410
1989: 411 - 644

Historical 'Odds'
There were some old files on the Le Sueur pages that have been reformatted for this site.
The files were mostly historical in nature and will be found linked below:

Cornelius Ronayne, 1926 ~ 1858 Le Sueur Murder ~ Le Sueur County Commissioners
Le Sueur Historical Newspapers [List]
Naming of Tyrone ~ Tyrone Property Tax List, 1898 ~ Tyrone Cave, 1933

Historical Maps
Getty Geographical Thesaurus ~ Perry Castaneda ~ Quadrangles Surveyor's Base Maps
Historic Map Works ~ Genealogical ~ Borchert Map Library
University of Minnesota ~ Maps
~ Bureau of Land Management
Minnesota Mining Maps ~ USGS Maps ~ 1869 Railroad Map ~ Sanborn Maps: Library of Congress
Michael Fox Map Collection
~ Digitized Plat Maps / Atlases

Map Goose ~
MN Department of Natural Resources
The Alabama Collection ~ Surveyors Maps: 1850's [Base Maps]

Family Web Pages can be found linked below:
Ahlf ~ Irish Families [connected to Le Sueur] ~ Bacon ~ Durrenberger & Simonett ~ Guertin ~ Oblinger
Pufpaff Triplets ~ Purfeerst ~ Robbins Roemhildt & Werlich ~ Sauter ~ Schnoor ~ Straub & Briegal ~ Straub Lynch

Links to Family Web Pages are welcome, please contact the County Coordinator for information
Note: After January 2024, RootsWeb / Ancestry is moving all 'Free' Hosted Sites. If you find one that does not work, let me know and I will see if I can find it on their new Server. Contact: Martha

The Ancestor Hunt'
There is a great site that has all sorts of links to free Historical and Genealogical Data
Please Use Link Above
Contents: Topics
Digital Newspapers ~ Year Books & Alumni Books School Records ~ Obituaries ~ Coroner, Mortuary & Cemetery Records
BMD's ~ Birth & Marriage Records ~ Divorce & Death Records ~ Probate & Tax Records ~ Institutional & Military Records ~ Naturalizations & Immigration ~ Criminal & Digital Archives ~ Directories ~ Photos & Voter Records
Scroll down, left side has the menu

Queries and Lookups
Queries may be posted using links on Cyndi's List

There is one Volunteer for Lookups: Barbara has this to say:
"I will do look ups for Le Sueur County, I will go to Le Center Court House and in Summer the Genealogy Center (It is closed for the winter). I am also a Member of Blue Earth and Nicolett Historical Societies. I am within driving distance to all of these, will charge only for copies." Please use this link to reach Barbara..

If there is anyone who has access to local records, and wishes to volunteer,

please contact the County Coordinator: Martha [Temporary]

Lookups & Free Digital Archival Newspapers
I have access to the following Subscription Databases and am happy to do limited lookups:
Heritage Hub ~ NewBank ~ Access World News ~ LA Times ~ NY Times
Contact: Martha - Volunteer

My Heritage: Library Edition - Collections
Census & Voter Lists ~ Histories, Memories & Biographies ~ Birth, Marriage & Death
Public Records ~ Schools & Universities ~ Directories, Guides & References
Maps ~ Immigration & Travel ~ Books & Publications
Military ~ Newspapers ~ Family Trees ~ Photos ~ Government, Land, Court & Wills

I will do limited lookups on My Heritage: Contact Martha

and... 'History Hub' = New Lookup Service
Search for Living People: Zaba Search

The Cemeteries of Le Sueur County:

LDS Film 868496
"A Descriptive List of 59 Old Minnesota Cemeteries
Names Of Those Buried Therein.[1936-1937]"
Images # 670 - 755
Introduction, TOC
According to the Introduction, these particular Cemeteries are no longer in use and have never been included in the "DAR Library".
 The Introduction and information is here.
The Chart Below gives the image numbers for the TOC
Use this link for access.

Dalby Database ~ Find~A~Grave ~ USGW Archives ~ Billion Graves
Burial At Sea and Other Locations: POB: LeSueur County
St Thomas Cemetery [1934]~ St Thomas Cemetery Plots
Since Nicollet County is a neighbor and has a lot of Church Cemeteries, it might be worth checking.
People Legacy  ~ National Cemetery Association

Family Search "Collections"
There is a wealth of Family and Historical information contained on the FamilySearch WebSite.
It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start.
So, I have created concentrated categories of databases which are accessible

Cemeteries, Etc [Burial, Cemeteries, Coroner, Funeral Homes, Graves]
Church Records [ Baptism's, Catholic Church, Christenings, Church [General]
Legal Documents and Resources [Court, Estate, Probate Records]
Migration - Naturalization - Travel [ Border Crossings, Migration, Naturalization, Passenger Lists, Passports]
Military [Bounty [Land], Military [Misc], Pensions, Soldiers, Veteran's, War[s]]
Odds and Ends [Applications, Homestead, Membership, Native Americans, Parish [Location & Church], Pioneers, Prison, Voting, Obituaries, Veteran & Soldier's Homes, Children's Home]
Vital Records [Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death, Mortality Records]

"The Fine Print"

County Coordinator:
State Coordinator: Tim Stowell

Assistant State Coordinator: Karen De Groote
All materials, images, sounds and data contained herein are not to be copied or downloaded for purposes of duplication, distribution or publishing without the express written permission of the Le Sueur County Coordinator.

Site Updated: 17 May 2024

Online Continuously since 1997
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