Rice County, Minnesota Genealogy Guide

Rice County, Minnesota (Map It) was created on March 5, 1853 (Organized in 1855) from Dakota County and Wabasha County. The county was named in honor of Henry Mower Rice (1816-1894), one of the first two U.S. Senators from Minnesota, 1858-63. Learn More About State of Minnesota History

Rice County is bordered by Dakota County (northeast), Goodhue County (east), Dodge County (southeast), Steele County (south), Waseca County (southwest), Le Sueur County (west), Scott County (northwest).

Rice County Cities and Towns include Dennison, Dundas, Faribault, Lonsdale, Morristown, Nerstrand, Northfield.

Rice County Townships include Bridgewater, Cannon City, Erin, Forest, Morristown, Northfield, Richland, Shieldsville, Walcott, Warsaw, Webster, Wells, Wheatland, Wheeling Townships.

A Map of Rice County, Minnesota contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Rice County, Minnesota Courthouse Records

Rice County, Minnesota Courthouse
Rice County, MN Courthouse

The Rice County Courthouse is located in Faribault, Minnesota. Learn More About State of Minnesota Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Rice county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Rice County Recorder has Birth / Death Records from 1870, Marriage Records from 1856 and Land Records from 1853. The County Recorder is responsible for all the real estate records for properties located in the County. Permanent records of deeds, mortgages and other various real estate records are recorded/filed in this office. As Local Registrar, the office protects and issues certified copies of Birth and Death records, Marriage Certificates & Military Discharge Records.
  • Rice County Court Administrator has Probate Records from 1858 and Court Records from 1858. The County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
  • Rice County Treasurers Office is responsible for keeping a complete accounting of all monies collected and expended by all the county departments. This includes the investing of available funds and accurately distributing the interest received. The department is also responsible for the collection of taxes and distribution to the various taxing entities within the County.

Rice County, Minnesota Census Records

Rice County, Minnesota Vital Records

Rice County, Minnesota Resources

Rice County, Minnesota External Links

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