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County Information
An original county, Founded March 5, 1853
Named for Henry Mower Rice, one of the first two U.S. senators from Minnesota.
Seat: Faribault
Largest city: Faribault



Bridgewater Township
Cannon City Township
Erin Township
Forest Township
Morristown Township
Northfield Township
Richland Township
Shieldsville Township
Walcott Township
Warsaw Township
Webster Township
Wells Township
Wheatland Township
Wheeling Township

Dennison (part)
Northfield (part)

* Cannon City
* Little Chicago
* Millersburg
* Moland (part)
* Prarieville
* Ruskin
* Warsaw
* Webster
* Veseli

Online Data


Church Histories / Records

County Records

Death Records

Family Bibles

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Feb. 2014: Bios: Clement, Pattee, Sheffield - transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Aug. 2013: 1883 Pensioners on the Roll
July 2013: Obits: Foster, Keyes
May 2013: Obits: Beach, Brooks, Freed, Hoyt, Klemer, Perkins, Rainey, Robinson, Wood
Marriages: Chase - Gardner; Corniea - Reed; Ellis - Grant; Fradenburgh - Allen; Gimblett - Bailey; Hecht - Schlatter; Lockman - Fihn; Maryland - Sullivan; Plouf - St. Onge; Schmuck - Currie; Soyntjes - Ekers; Wright - Hays; Yeager - Evans
Bios: Barkley, Louberjet, Lufkin, Urban, Weir

Oct. 2012: Obits: Borchardt, Borchert, Brooks
August 2012: Obits: Jewett, Luther, Murphy
July 2012: Bios: Brubaker, Buckham, Carpenter, Cathcart, Chaffee; Obit: Fleckenstein
June 2012: Obits: Babb, Hanlon: Bios: Cochrane, Wheeler
May 2012: Almfeldt, Appleby, Aslakson, Atchison, Bahe, Baldwin, Barrows, Batchelder
Apr. 2012: Bios: Batchelder, Buck, Carpenter, Dougherty, Ebel, Flannery, Fleckenstein, Foot, Foskett, Giere, Gill, Gipson, Glotzbach, Grant, Huntington, McMahon, Metcalf, Stockton, Strong
Mar. 2012: Marriage License & Certificate: Comstock-Simmons; Obits: Filiatrault, Whipple; Bios: Chase, Cleveland, Cobb, Cory, Grant, Griggs, Hall, Harkins; Marriage: Berdahl-Nelson
Feb. 2012: Civil War Regiments; WW2 Army Honor List; Obit for BARRETT; bios: Aldrich, Bennett, Benson, Blencoe, Burch, Dixon, Dobbin, Halein, Hershey, Hile, Hopkins, Jackson, Kenney, Ketchum, Kisor, Larson, Morris, Nelson, Northcott, Osterhout, Purinton, Schneider, Soule, Southwick, Swartwood; County History - transfer of land, newspapers, schools and old settlers' dates of arrival; churches & schools of Morristown Twp. (1882)
Jan 2012: Early county organization and description; death notice for BLOOD; list of cemeteries

Previous Updates:
Dight Biography, 1870 Births, 1870 Marriages, Obit for WHIPPLE, News Article - LOCKWOODS Reunited After 48 Years


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