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

County Facts
County seat: International Falls
Organized: November 6, 1906[1]
Parent County(s): Itasca[2]
Neighboring Counties
Beltrami  • Itasca  • Lake of the Woods  • St. Louis  • Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Koochiching County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Koochiching County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Ojibway word meaning "neighbor lake and river" for Rainy Lake and Rainy River. The County is located in the north-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Koochiching County Courthouse
715 4th Street
International Falls, MN 56649
Phone: 218-283-6260
Koochiching County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, death, divorce, court and probate records from 1907.[4]

Koochiching 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
1907 1907 1907 1907 1907 1907 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:[9]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Unorganized territories
Ghost towns
  • Rainy Lake City
  • Ridge
  • The Pines
  • Wayland


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 Koochiching 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.
1910 6,431
1920 13,520 110.2%
1930 14,078 4.1%
1940 16,930 20.3%
1950 16,910 −0.1%
1960 18,190 7.6%
1970 17,131 −5.8%
1980 17,571 2.6%
1990 16,299 −7.2%
2000 14,355 −11.9%
2010 13,311 −7.3%
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.

Lutheran

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($) has the following information:
    • Bethania Lutheran Church, Marjie
    • Trinity Lutheran Church, Gemmell
  • Minnesota Historical Society has a Collection Finding Aid for the following:
    • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota

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 Koochiching 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]

Lake of the Woods CountyBeltrami CountyItasca CountySt. Louis CountyOntarioMN KOOCHICHING.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

Vietnam War

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 Koochiching 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 Koochiching County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

International Falls Public Library
750 4th Street
International Falls, MN 56649
218-283-8051
E-mail: ifallslibrary@gmail.com
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Koochiching County Historical Museum and Bronko Nagurski Museum
Smokey Bear Park
214 6th Ave #2336
International Falls, MN 56649
218-283-4316
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Koochiching County Historical Society
PO Box 1147
214 6th Avenue
International Falls, MN 56649
218-283-4316
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 Library1/26/2021.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Koochiching County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koochiching_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 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; accessed 1/26/2021.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Koochiching County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koochiching_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 03 February 2020.