Wadena County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Wadena County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Wadena 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 June 11, 1858
County Seat Wadena
Minnesota, Wadena County Courthouse.png
Wadena County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for An old trading post and common Ojibwe name. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1873 1873 1881 1873 1889 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1858--Wadena County was created 11 June 1858 from Cass and Todd Counties. County seat: Wadena [3]
  • For a brief history of how Wadena County was named, click here, then select Wadena 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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
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
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
Billion Graves FamilySearch Places
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 6
1880 2,080 34566.7%
1890 4,058 95.1%
1900 7,921 95.2%
1910 8,652 9.2%
1920 10,699 23.7%
1930 10,990 2.7%
1940 12,772 16.2%
1950 12,806 0.3%
1960 12,199 −4.7%
1970 12,412 1.7%
1980 14,192 14.3%
1990 13,154 −7.3%
2000 13,713 4.2%
2010 13,843 0.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

First Lutheran Church, Staples

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Staples, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wadena

  • Records of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wadena, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wadena

  • Records of Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wadena, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

St. Pauli Lutheran Church, Verndale

  • Records of St. Pauli Lutheran Church, Verndale, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Hubbard CountyCass CountyTodd CountyBecker CountyOtter Tail CountyMN WADENA.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 Wadena County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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]

Wadena County Historical Society
603 North Jefferson
Wadena 56482
Telephone: 218-631-9079

Menahga Area Historical Society
320 Helsinki Boulevard NE
Menahga MN 56464
Telephone: 218-564-4574

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, "Wadena County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadena_County,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wadena 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Wadena County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadena_County,_Minnesota, accessed 3 March 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "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, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.