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County Information
Founded February 25, 1860
Named for: Taken from the Dakota word, "watanwan," meaning "fish bait," or "where fish bait abounds."
Seat: St. James
Largest city: St. James
Parent county: Brown

Townships

Cities

Adrian Township
Antrim Township
Butterfield Township
Fieldon Township
Long Lake Township
Madelia Township
Nelson Township
Odin Township
Riverdale Township
Rosendale Township
South Branch Township
St. James Township

Butterfield
Darfur
La Salle
Lewisville
Madelia
Odin
Ormsby (part)
St. James

Unincorporated
* Godahl
* Sveadahl




Online Data

County Records

Death Records

Family Bibles

Marriages

Miscellaneous Data

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:

DECEMBER 2014
BIRTHS: Over 4,500 Birth Records 1867 to 1897 Transcribed by Judy Ziesmer.

OCTOBER 2014
CHURCHES: Calvary Episcopal Church in St. James Photo, History, and 1893-1914 Parish Register abstracted and contributed by Arthur Louis Finnell
Photos of Christ Episcopal Church in Madelia, History, and Parish Register from 1898-1924, all contributed by Arthur Louis Finnell.

SEPTEMBER 2014
OBITS: Mrs. Marit Holey
NEWS: 1893 Church Fire

Prior Updates


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