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

County Facts
County seat: Brainerd
Organized: July 31, 1866[1]
Parent County(s): Ramsey[2]
Neighboring Counties
Aitkin  • Cass  • Mille Lacs  • Morrison
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Crow Wing Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Crow Wing County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Crow Wing River. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Crow Wing County Courthouse
326 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-824-1067
Phone: 218-824-1300
Crow Wing County Website

County Treasurer has birth records from 1873, marriage records from 1871 and death records from 1874.
Court Administrator has divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records from 1867 and military discharge records from 1919.[4]

Crow Wing 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
1873 1871 1874 1871 1867 1874 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
Ghost towns


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 Crow Wing 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.
1860 269
1870 200 −25.7%
1880 2,319 1059.5%
1890 8,852 281.7%
1900 14,250 61.0%
1910 16,861 18.3%
1920 24,566 45.7%
1930 25,627 4.3%
1940 30,226 17.9%
1950 30,875 2.1%
1960 32,134 4.1%
1970 34,826 8.4%
1980 41,722 19.8%
1990 44,249 6.1%
2000 55,099 24.5%
2010 62,500 13.4%
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 Crow Wing 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]

Cass CountyAitkin CountyMille Lacs CountyMorrison CountyMN CROW WING.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

CivilWar
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 Crow Wing 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Brainerd Public Library
416 S 5th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
218-829-5574
E-mail:brainerd@krls.org
Website

Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library
101 1St Street SE
Crosby, MN 56441
218-546-8005
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

The Crow Wing County Historical Society Museums
320 Laurel St
PO Box 722
Brainerd, MN
218-829-3268
E-mail:history@crowwing.us
Website

Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network and Soo Line Depot Museum
PO Box 272
Crosby, MN 56441
Phone: 218-545-1166
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Crow Wing County Historical Society Museum and Library
PO Box 722
320 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN 56401-0722
218-829-3268
Website

Crow Wing County Genealogical Society
101 W Buffalo Hills Ln
Brainerd MN 56401
218-828-4701
Website

Crosslake Area Historical Society
PO Box 134
Crosslake, MN 56442-0134
218 692-4836
Website

Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network and Soo Line Depot Museum
PO Box 272
101 1st Street NE
Crosby, MN 56441
218-545-1166 or 6178
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, "Crow Wing County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crow_Wing_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. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Crow Wing County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crow_Wing_County,_Minnesota, accessed 24 January 2020.