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

County Facts
County seat: Walker
Organized: April 6, 1898[1]
Parent County(s): Dakota, Pembina, Mahkahta, Wahnata[2]
Neighboring Counties
Aitkin  • Beltrami  • Crow Wing  • Hubbard  • Itasca  • Morrison  • Todd  • Wadena
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Cass County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Cass County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Lewis Cass. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cass County Courthouse
303 Minnesota Ave West
PO Box 3000
Walker, MN 56484
Phone: 218-547-7260 or 218-547-7247
Cass County Website

County Treasurer has birth and death records from 1896 and marriage records from 1897.
Clerk District Court has divorce records from 1899, court records from 1898, probate and naturalization records.
City or Town Clerks have burial records.[4]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1896 1897 1896 1898 1864 1888 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Populated Places
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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Unorganized territories


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Cass County, Minnesota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links to Federal, State, and Territorial censuses, see Minnesota Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,981
1850 7,253 143.3%
1860 11,325 56.1%
1870 11,580 2.3%
1880 14,493 25.2%
1890 15,963 10.1%
1900 17,222 7.9%
1910 17,372 0.9%
1920 17,896 3.0%
1930 16,537 −7.6%
1940 16,425 −0.7%
1950 15,097 −8.1%
1960 14,539 −3.7%
1970 14,219 −2.2%
1980 15,084 6.1%
1990 13,437 −10.9%
2000 13,695 1.9%
2010 13,642 −0.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Cass County. 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Beltrami CountyItasca CountyAitkin CountyMorrison CountyTodd CountyWadena CountyHubbard CountyCrow Wing CountyMN CASS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War
Online Civil War Indexes and Records

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[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

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Cass County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

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 Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Cass County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Kitchigami Regional Library Headquarters
310 2nd St North
PO Box 84
Pine River, MN 56474
218-587-2171
Website

North Central Minnesota Historical Center
The A C Clark Library
1500 Birchmont Dr NE #28
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
218-755-3342
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Cass County Historical Society Museum
205 Minnesota Ave W
PO Box 505
Walker, MN 56484
218-547-7251
E-mail:casscountymuseum@gmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Cass County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Minnesota Societies.

Cass County Historical Society
205 Minnesota Avenue W
PO Box 505
Walker, MN 56484
218-547-7251
E-mail:casscountymuseum@gmail.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_Minnesota, accessed 22 January 2020.