Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Guide to Crow Wing County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Crow Wing County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Crow Wing County
Location in the state of Minnesota, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded May 23, 1857
County Seat Brainerd
Minnesota, Crow Wing Courthouse.png
Address Crow Wing County Courthouse
326 Laurel Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-824-1067
Phone: 218-824-1300
Crow Wing County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Crow Wing River. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

Crow Wing County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1871 1874 1871 1867 1874 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Treasurer has birth records from 1873, marriage records from 1871 and death records from 1874.
Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records from 1867 and military discharge records from 1919. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1857--Crow Wing County was created 23 May 1857 from Ramsey County. County seat: Brainerd [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Unorganized territories
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 269
1870 200 −25.7%
1880 2,319 1059.5%
1890 8,852 281.7%
1900 14,250 61.0%
1910 16,861 18.3%
1920 24,566 45.7%
1930 25,627 4.3%
1940 30,226 17.9%
1950 30,875 2.1%
1960 32,134 4.1%
1970 34,826 8.4%
1980 41,722 19.8%
1990 44,249 6.1%
2000 55,099 24.5%
2010 62,500 13.4%
Source: "".

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information, see Minnesota Church Records.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Minnesota Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
  • Civil War veteran burials in Crow Wing County.  Click here.

Regiments. Service men in Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy:

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records may include wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information. Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Since Minnesota tax records include only persons who owned taxable property, many residents were not included. Still they complement land records and can be used in place of missing censuses or the years between censuses. There may also be gaps. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Minnesota Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Crow Wing County Historical Society and Museum
    PO Box 722
    320 Laurel Street
    Brainerd, MN 56401-0722
    Phone: 218-829-3268
  • Crow Wing County Genealogical Society
    2103 Graydon Ave
    Brainerd, MN 56401-4516
    Phone: 218-829-9738
  • Crosslake Area Historical Society
    PO Box 134
    Crosslake, MN 56442-0134
    Phone: 218 692-4836
  • Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network and Soo Line Depot Museum
    PO Box 272
    Crosby, MN 56441
    Phone: 218-545-1166
  • Cuyuna Range Historical Society
    PO Box 128
    101 1st Street NE
    Crosby, MN 56441
    Phone: 218-546-6178
  • Central Minnesota Historical Center
    St. Cloud State University
    University Archives
    720 4th Avenue South
    St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
    Phone: 320-308-4753

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Crow Wing County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crow Wing County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 362-365.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crow Wing County, Minnesota page 363, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Crow Wing County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 24 January 2020.