Morrison County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Morrison County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Morrison 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 25, 1856
County Seat Little Falls
Minnesota, Morrison County Courthouse.png
Address Morrison County Courthouse
213 1st Ave SE
Little Falls, MN 56345
Phone: 320.632.1045
Morrison County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for fur trading brothers, William and Allan Morrison. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1866 1870 1857 1856 1860 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 some cemetery records,
land and military records; Court Administration has divorce, probate and court records[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1856--Morrison County was created 25 February 1856 from Benton and Stearns Counties.

County seat: Little Falls [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
  • Shamineau Park
  • Sullivan
  • Vawter
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Morrison County Historical Society Morrison County Historical Society WPA Biographies. 1,130 biographies written 1936–1939. Index available online. Copies can be requested by calling the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007 or e–mail

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
MNGenWeb 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 618
1870 1,681 172.0%
1880 5,875 249.5%
1890 13,325 126.8%
1900 22,891 71.8%
1910 24,053 5.1%
1920 25,841 7.4%
1930 25,442 −1.5%
1940 27,473 8.0%
1950 25,832 −6.0%
1960 26,641 3.1%
1970 26,949 1.2%
1980 29,311 8.8%
1990 29,604 1.0%
2000 31,712 7.1%
2010 33,198 4.7%
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 Morrison 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]

Cass CountyCrow Wing CountyMille Lacs CountyBenton CountyStearns CountyTodd CountyMN MORRISON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Morrison County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Morrison County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.
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 Morrison County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

The Morrison County Historical Society has a large collection of newspapers, both in original format and on microfilm. Online listing. Copies can be requested by calling the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007 or e–mail Research and copy fees will apply.

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]

Morrison County Historical Society
PO Box 239
2151 South Lindbergh Dr
Little Falls MN 56345
Telephone: 320-632-4007

Military Historical Society of Minnesota
Camp Ripley
15000 Highway 115
Little Falls MN 56345-4173

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

Societies[edit | edit source]

Morrison County Historical Society
2151 South Lindbergh Drive
Little Falls, Minnesota 56345
Phone: 320-632-4007

Collection: Morrison County Historical Society

  • WPA Biographies. 1,130 biographies written 1936–1939. Index available online.
  • Local newspapers. Online listing.

Copies may be requested by contacting the Historical Society. Research and copy fees apply.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Morrison County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morrison 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), Morrison 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, "Morrison County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 11 February 2020.