Steele County, Minnesota Genealogy Guide

Steele County, Minnesota (Map It) was created on February 20, 1855 (Organized in 1856) from Blue Earth County, Le Sueur County and Rice County. The county was named in honor of Franklin Steele (1813-1880), prominent Minneapolis pioneer and businessman; member of first board of regents of the University of Minnesota. Learn More About State of Minnesota History

Steele County is bordered by Rice County (north), Dodge County (east), Mower County (southeast), Freeborn County (south), Waseca County (west).

Steele County Cities and Towns include Blooming Prairie, Ellendale, Medford, Owatonna.

Steele County Townships include Aurora, Berlin, Blooming Prairie, Clinton Falls, Deerfield, Havana, Lemond, Medford, Meriden, Merton, Owatonna, Somerset, Summit Townships.

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

Steele County, Minnesota Courthouse Records

Steele County, Minnesota Courthouse
Steele County, MN Courthouse

The Steele County Courthouse is located in Owatonna, 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 Steele 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.

  • Steele County Recorder has Birth / Death Records from 1870, Marriage Records from 1856 and Land Records from 1856. 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.
  • Steele County Court Administrator has Probate Records from 1858 and Court Records from 1856. The County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
  • Steele 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.

Steele County, Minnesota Census Records

Steele County, Minnesota Vital Records

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