Norman County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Norman County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Norman 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 November 8, 1881
County Seat Ada
Minnesota, Norman County Courthouse.png
Address Norman County Courthouse
16 E 3rd Ave
Ada, MN 56510
Phone: 218.784.7131
Norman County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Norman Kittson an early historical figure of the region; another account printed at a later date Norwegians (Nordmann in Norwegian), who settled in this county. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1882 1881 1882 1885 1882 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 and death records from from 1881,
marriage records from 1882, some divorce and court records.
Pronate Judge has probate records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1881--Norman County was created 8 November 1881 from Polk County.   County seat: Ada [4]
  • For a brief history of how Norman County was named, click here, then select Norman County.

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
  • Waukon
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
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.
1890 10,618
1900 15,045 41.7%
1910 13,446 −10.6%
1920 14,880 10.7%
1930 14,061 −5.5%
1940 14,746 4.9%
1950 12,909 −12.5%
1960 11,253 −12.8%
1970 10,008 −11.1%
1980 9,379 −6.3%
1990 7,975 −15.0%
2000 7,442 −6.7%
2010 6,852 −7.9%
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.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Hendrum, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Immanuel Lutheran Church

  • Records of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Norman County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Winchester Lutheran Church, Borup

  • Records of the Winchest Lutheran Church, Borup, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]

Zion Lutheran Church, Norman

  • Records of the Zion Lutheran Church, Norman, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

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 Norman 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]

Traill CountyCass CountyPolk CountyMahnomen CountyClay CountyBecker CountyMN NORMAN.PNG
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 Norman 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]

Norman County Historical Society
PO Box 303
Ada, MN 56510-0303
Telephone: 218-784-7311

Norman County Genealogy Society
Pioneer Village
Ada, MN 56510

Red River History Museum
211 3rd St
PO Box 123
Shelly MN 56581-0123
Telephone: 218-886-8895

Norman County Historical Society
409 East 1st Avenue
Ada 56510

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, "Norman County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 14 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Norman 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), Norman 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, "Norman County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 12 February 2020.
  6. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.