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County Information

The name was a translation of a Sioux name for the outcrops of granite and gneiss found in the Minnesota Valley

Founded: February 20, 1862
Named for Big Stone Lake
County Seat: Ortonville
Largest city: Ortonville



 Akron Township
Almond Township
Artichoke Township
Big Stone Township
Browns Valley Township
Foster Township
Graceville Township

 Malta Township
Moonshine Township
Odessa Township
Ortonville Township
Otrey Township
Prior Township
Toqua Township


Online Data


Church Histories / Records

County Records

Family Bibles

County History

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Feb. 2014: Bio: Stevens - transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Dec. 2013: Obit: Osborne
Sept. 2013: Obits: Holm, Kent, Lange, Leach, Miller, Orton (2), Perry,  Schneider, Scholberg, Whiteman
Marriages: Campbell - Downes; Geenty - Coyne; O'Neill - Parker; Shelland - Bulkley; Sorenson - Carlson; Stamper - Schilling; Towne - Smith; Wynn - Brown
July 2013: 1883 Pensioners on the Roll

Sept. 2012: Obit: Fradenburgh
Marriages: Anderson-Britney; Nelson-Goldsmith
Bios: Clark, Griffin, Hewitt, Jackson, Kaercher, Karn, Leet, Mero, Norrish, Orton, Parker, Randall, Scofield, Sheets, Weiser, Wood
August 2012: Obit: Sorenson
June 2012: Bio: Clark
Apr. 2012: Bio: Farrington
Feb. 2012: WW2 Army Honor List

Dec 2011: KAERCHER, HAWLEY, NACEY, WEEDEN obits; Community news items re: KAERCHERT, ENGON, rabies outbreak; sicklist news for CANTY; Gossip news for JOHNSON, BENNETT, BLUM,

Previous Updates:
1908, 1909 & 1910 Deaths; Index to 1870 Federal Census; Ruthenbeck obit; Cemetery List


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