Lookup Public Records in Watonwan County, Minnesota. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Watonwan County, Minnesota Overview

Watonwan County is located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The county was formed in 1860 and named after Watonwan River, a river that flows through Minnesota. The county seat is St. James. According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2013, the county has a population of approximately 11,137 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 440 square miles of which 435 square miles is land and 4.8 square miles is water. Watonwan County borders the following counties: Brown County to the north; Blue Earth County to the east; Martin County to the south; Jackson County to the southwest and Cottonwood County to the West.Watonwan County has 10 zip codes. The zip codes are 56120, 56019, 56022, 56056, 56060, 56062, 56160, 56162, 56081 and 56088. The most populated zip code is 56081.

Watonwan County Recorder’s Office Information

The county recorder’s primary function is maintaining land records by recording real estate documents pertaining to Watonwan County. The Watonwan County Recorder’s Office has land records go back to the late 1800s. Watonwan County Recorder’s Office also performs the following functions:

  • Marriage certificates
  • Marriage Officiant Credentials filing
  • Notary
  • U.S. passports

    All land records of Watonwan County are open to the public and can be viewed online via the Tapestry website. The link is given below:

    The mailing address of the Watonwan County Recorder’s Office is:

    P.O. Box 518
    St. James, MN 56081

    The physical address of the Watonwan County Recorder’s Office is:

    Watonwan County Courthouse
    710 Second Ave. S.
    St. James, MN 56081
    Email: joy.sing@co.watonwan.mn.us
    Phone: (507) 375-1216
    Fax: (507) 375-1215
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.

    Joy Sing is the Watonwan County Recorder. He can be contacted at (507) 375-1216 or emailed at joy.sing@co.watonwan.mn.us

    Watonwan County Recorder’s Office Staffs:

    Diane Englin, Chief Deputy Recorder
    Email: diane.englin@co.watonwan.mn.us
    Phone: (507) 375-2536

    DeAnn Lenz, Deputy Recorder
    Email: deann.lenz@co.watonwan.mn.us
    Phone: (507) 375-2534

    Watonwan County Assessor’s Office Information

    The County Assessor of Watonwan County estimates property market values and classifies them according to their use for property tax purposes. Minnesota law requires that assessors actually view each parcel of real estate every five years to appraise its market value. In addition, each year the appraiser inspects parcels with new construction, alterations, or improvements. The County Assessor is not responsible for collecting taxes, calculating taxes, fixing tax rates, or establishing property tax laws.

    The mailing address of the Watonwan County Assessor’s Office is:

    P.O. Box 518
    St. James, MN 56081

    The physical address of the Watonwan County Assessor’s Office is:

    Watonwan County Courthouse
    710 Second Ave. S.
    St. James, MN 56081
    Email: lynn.krachmer@co.watonwan.mn.us
    Phone: (507) 375-1205
    Fax: (507) 375-3547
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.

    Lynn Krachmer is the Watonwan County Assessor. She can be contacted at (507) 375-1205 or emailed at lynn.krachmer@co.watonwan.mn.us

    Watonwan County Assessor’s Office Staffs:

    Rae Goltz, Appraiser II
    Email: rae.goltz@co.watonwan.mn.us
    Phone: (507) 375-2509

    Meggie Munsterman, Assessment Technician
    Email: meggie.munsterman@co.watonwan.mn.us
    Phone: (507) 375-2510

    Amanda Sill, Appraiser II
    Email: amanda.sill@co.watonwan.mn.us
    Phone: (507) 375-2507

    Watonwan, MN Genealogy and Ancestry Records
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
    Total Ancestries Reported 2005-200914,293
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-2009370
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-200936
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-2009151
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-2009175
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-2009189
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-2009466
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-2009274
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-200994
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-20094,965
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-20093
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-2009813
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-200957
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-200921
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-20092,283
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-2009289
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-200929
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-2009160
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-200974
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-200919
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-2009947
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-200929
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-20097
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-200944
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-20097
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-20092,613
    Watonwan County Marriage License Office
    In order to obtain a marriage license in Watonwan County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
    State Law:Marriage License – Ch. 551, 551.101 – 551.111 and Barring of dower; antenuptial pecuniary provisions – Ch. 558, §558.16
    All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
    Office:Watonwan County Marriage License
    Location:Watonwan County Recorder, 715 Third Avenue South, St. James, Minnesota, 56520
    Phone:507-375-1216

    Watonwan County Recorder’s Office
    County Government Office

    Address: 710 2nd Ave S, St James, MN 56081, United States
    Phone: 507-375-1216

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