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Welcome To Dakota County, Minnesota - MNGenWeb

Dakota County is named for the Native American Dakota people. "Dakota" best translates into "The Friends". So, a friendly welcome to all visiting this free site in search of Dakota County genealogical information.

Dakota County, now located in the southern part of the Saint Paul & Minneapolis metropolitan area, is one of the original 9 counties of the Minnesota Territory of 1849. At first, Dakotah County, later Dakota, stretched from the Mississippi to Missouri rivers. The county was greatly reduced a few times before Minnesota statehood (1858) to about its present day size. This site centers on genealogical information of that reduced area from 1913 to as far back as we can go.

Quote de jour:
Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
When we first practice to conceive.

Mis-quote from the poem Marmion (off-site)

Recent news (3 months):
2013 Sep 21 - Church updated.
2013 Jul 21 - Surname updated.

Archives & Bios.
List of various on-line data
Books & Newspapers
County Genealogical Books & Newspapers.
Cemeteries
Listing and clickable map.
Grave site pictures and listings (off-site).
Census
List
Cities & Townships
Links to Cities & Townships, current and historic.
County Map 2000 (Cities & Townships)
County Coordinators: MNGenWeb Dakota County, Minnesota:
2003-
Tom Wilde 1997-2003
Vicki Albu 1996-1997
Ethnic
Irish (off site).
Genealogical Societies
List
Government
County (Vital, Birth, Marriage & Death records)
Cities & Township
Social Security Death Index (SSDI) (off-site)
County seat: Hastings (off-site).
History & Historical Societies
History
Societies
Historic Places (off-site)
Indexes
List of Indexes
Libraries
County Libraries (off-site)
South Saint Paul Library (off-site), next door to DCHS (off site), has excellent Minnesota books.
Lookups
Consider being a .
Volunteers willing to do look-ups
Books We Own - Minnesota (off-site)
Mailing Lists
Mailing list - RootsWeb.com (off-site)
Maps
2000 County Map - Cities & Townships
List of historic maps
USGS Query Form (off-site) for entire U. S.
  Useful for finding a county associated with a city.
Military
Minnesota Veterans Graves Registration Index (off-site)
List of 1883 pensioners
Naturalization/Citizenship
DCHS Research Library (off-site)
TBD
Pictures
Castle Rock: Post Office 2003
Coates: House of Coates Restaurant 2003
Eureka: Welcome 2003
Greenvale: Welcome 2003
Miesville: Home of the Mudhens 2003
New Trier: Saint Mary's 2003
Randolph: Welcome 2003
Randolph Twp: River 2003
Ravenna: Road 2003
Sciota: Township Hall 2003
Vermillion: Saint John the Baptist 2003
Waterford: Community Center 2003
Queries and Messages
Sites to post Dakota County questions and exchange data.
cousinconnect.com (off-site) (Sadly - many non-Dakota County queries)
genforum.genealogy.com (off-site)
rootsweb.com / ancestry.com (both off-site)
* June 2001, ancestry.com and rootsweb.com merged query boards.
Religious Organizations
List, over 250 of them.
Schools
TBD
Search
Search this site
Surnames
List of surnames and their researchers.
Add your surname interest
Tips
Tips to help you in Dakota County
Volunteers
How you can help with this Dakota County web-site.
How you can help with other MN web-sites.
Neighboring Genealogical Sites
List of neighboring sites
or click on the map below.
Map of Dakota County, Minnesota Genealogical County Links
etc.
Non-genealogical Dakota County websites.
Wikipedia (off-site)

Other genealogical Dakota County websites (Compare this to the competition).
Cyndi's List - U.S. - Minnesota - Dakota (off-site)
Dakota County Local Minnesota History and Genealogy (off-site)
Family History Library Catalog (off-site)
Genealogy Today, Dakota, Minnesota (USA) (off-site)
Genealogy Trails (off-site)
Vital Records Information - Dakota County (off-site)
Web Sites at RootsWeb - Dakota MN (off-site)

The county covers the area of the modern-day named cities and townships:
Apple Valley, Burnsville, Castle Rock Township, Coates, Douglas Township, Eagan, Empire Township, Eureka Township, Farmington, Greenvale Township, Hampton, Hampton Township, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Lilydale, Marshan Township, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Miesville, New Trier, Nininger Township, Northfield (part), Randolph, Randolph Township, Ravenna Township, Rosemount, Sciota Township, South Saint Paul, Sunfish Lake, Vermillion, Vermillion Township, Waterford Township & West Saint Paul

The term "off-site" is used with a link to imply you are leaving MNGenWeb/USGenWeb pages.
This site brought to you by the Joe Friday school of web site design: Just the facts, Ma'am. (off-site).

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