Isanti County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Isanti County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Isanti 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 February 13, 1857
County Seat Cambridge
Minnesota, Isanti County Courthouse.png
Address Isanti County Courthouse
555 18th Ave SW
Cambridge, MN 55008
Phone: 763.689.1191
Isanti County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Dakota word meaning "knife" and refers to the Santee tribe. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[1]

Isanti County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1869 1871 1873 1872 1857 1892 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clerk District Court has birth records from 1869,
marriage rec from 1871, death records from 1873,
burial records 1900-1908 and 1941-1979,
divorce and court records from 1872 and probate
records from 1892.
County Recorder has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1857--Isanti County was created 13 February 1857 from Ramsey County.  County seat: Cambridge [4]
  • For a brief history of how Isanti County was named, click here, then select Isanti County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

2011 About 70 percent of archives in the historical society building were destroyed by fire. Destroyed documents include church records, family histories, cemetery records, 1800s plat maps.

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
Ghost towns

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 284
1870 2,035 616.5%
1880 5,063 148.8%
1890 7,607 50.2%
1900 11,675 53.5%
1910 12,615 8.1%
1920 13,278 5.3%
1930 12,081 −9.0%
1940 12,950 7.2%
1950 12,123 −6.4%
1960 13,530 11.6%
1970 16,560 22.4%
1980 23,600 42.5%
1990 25,921 9.8%
2000 31,287 20.7%
2010 37,816 20.9%
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 Isanti 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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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

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 Isanti 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 Indexes and 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]

Isanti County Historical Society
PO Box 525
Isanti 55008

Isanti County Historical Society
33525 Flanders St NE
Cambridge, MN 55008
Telephone: 763-689-4229

Central Minnesota Historical Center
Centennial Hall, Room 148
St. Cloud University, St. Cloud, MN 56301

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, "Isanti County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Isanti 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), Isanti County, Minnesota page 364, 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, "Isanti County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 30 January 2020.