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Welcome to Kandiyohi County MNGenWeb

Kandiyohi County is in need of a new coordinator.  Thank you to native Sarah Thorson Little for her time as coordinator.
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Kandiyohi County was established in 1858. Originally, the northern half of today's county was Monongalia County and the southern half Kandiyohi County, each county consisted of 12 townships. Then in 1870 the two counties were consolidated under one name..Kandiyohi.  The name Kandiyohi is taken from the Native American words meaning Where-The-Buffalo-Fish-Come...Kandi meaning buffalo-fish and ohi meaning in. The name refers to the abundance of fish found in the county's lakes.



Kandiyohi County has several historic sites. One is the Guri Endreson log house which was built in 1858 and was the home of Guri Endreson and her family. During the Dakota Conflict, Guri saved three men, despite the fact that her husband and son were killed and her daughters kidnapped. The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public during the summer months. The house is located NW of Willmar, off Highway 12 and County Road 5.

Another interesting site is the Oscar Erickson cabin. Oscar Erickson and Solomon Foot were wounded and at least one Dakota Native American was killed at the Erickson cabin during the Dakota Conflict. Erickson and Foot were two of the first settlers in Willmar Township. The Erickson cabin still stands and is located west of Willmar off U.S. Highway 71.

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Tacky Note and Thumb Tack For Information on Kandiyohi County

Townships in Kandiyohi Co.....Cemeteries in Kandiyohi Co.

Kandiyohi County Resources, vital records information, helpful addresses

View Kandiyohi Co.......Look-up volunteers

A Minnesota Map locating Kandiyohi Co.     Kandiyohi Co. Photos

Where to find Naturalization Records ..... What Newspapers are available and where to find them


Your neighbors Visit Kandiyohi County's neighbors

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MN County Selection Page


History of Some Early Pioneers in Kandiyohi County
(arranged by township)

Arctander  |  Burbank

* Source: Illustrated History and Descriptive and Biographical Review of Kandiyohi County Minnesota. Published by Victor E. Lawson, and J. Emil Nelson, Publishers of the Willmar Tribune, Willmar, Minn. Compiled and arranged under the direction of Victor E. Lawson and Martin E. Tew, St. Paul, Minn., The Pioneer Press Manufacturing Depts., 1905.

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society has an index of names of those individuals found in the above book. Click on their name and send them an e-mail for additional information


Kandiyohi County Queries Tacky Note and Thumb Tack

Ancestry Message Boards for Kandiyohi County

Here are links to help you find answers to your genealogy questions

Kandiyohi County Links North Star State


Searching for your Scandinavian Roots? Check out these sources Autumn leaves

  • Look-up Volunteers ....volunteers for Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Minnesota


Minnesota Related Genealogy Links Common Loon, State Bird of Minnesota

  • Minnesota Local History - GenealogyMinnesota Local History <-> Genealogy - A resource page by professional historical genealogist Ann Mensch.  Includes information which will help online researchers locate records via postal mail as well as including information and links to online resources.

  • MNGenWeb Archives ....table of contents for all Minnesota counties. A great source for Minnesota censuses, bios, cemeteries, etc.

  • Minnesota Historical Society does research for a fee.  They search city and telephone directory listings, county plat maps, death record index, federal census records for MN, military records, naturalization records, obituaries, and other newspaper articles.


Other Genealogy Links Family tree


In March and April, 1996 a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database.

The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. This was the beginning of the USGenWeb Project, of which Minnesota is a part.

This page last updated 17 Mar 2024
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