Mille Lacs County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Mille Lacs County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Mille Lacs 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 Milaca
Minnesota, Mille Lacs County Courthouse.png
Address Mille Lacs County Courthouse
635 2nd St Se
Milaca, MN 56353
Phone: 320.983.8308
Mille Lacs County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Mille Lacs, meaning "a thousand lakes" in French. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

Mille Lacs County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1871 1868 1872 1861 1849 1875 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records.
County Administrator has divorce, probate and court records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1857--Mille Lacs County was created 23 May 1857 from Ramsey County. It was attached to Morrison County before it was organized. County seat: Milaca [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
Ghost towns
  • Brickton
  • Burnhelm Siding
  • Esteville
  • Freer
  • Johnsdale
  • Soule's Crossing
  • Stirling

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 73
1870 1,109 1419.2%
1880 1,501 35.3%
1890 2,845 89.5%
1900 8,066 183.5%
1910 10,705 32.7%
1920 14,180 32.5%
1930 14,076 −0.7%
1940 15,558 10.5%
1950 15,165 −2.5%
1960 14,560 −4.0%
1970 15,703 7.9%
1980 18,430 17.4%
1990 18,670 1.3%
2000 22,330 19.6%
2010 26,097 16.9%
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 Mille Lacs 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 Mille Lacs 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]

Mille Lacs County Historical Society & Depot Museum
Depot Museum
101 10th Ave S
Princeton MN 55371-1527
Telephone: 763-389-1296

Milaca Area Historical Society
PO Box 144
145 Central Avenue South
Milaca, MN 56353
Telephone: 320-982-1212

Collection: Includes county newspapers, state and federal census for the county; some local government records; county naturalization records on microfilm; Many county cemetery records, some obits, marriage and birth records indexed, some family histories, some school records and other misc. local records.

Mille Lacs Lake Historical Society
PO Box 42
Isle 56342

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, "Mille Lacs County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mille Lacs 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), Mille Lacs County, Minnesota page 366, 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, "Mille Lacs County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 10 February 2020.