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  • Aitkin County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 20, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Pine and Ramsey Counties.
    Established:  23-May-1857
    County Seat:  Aitkin, Minnesota

    County history - Aitkin County is named in honor of William Aitken, also known as William Alexander Aitkin (abt.1785-1851), who was a fur trader with the Ojibwe Indian Tribes. Aitkin County was established in 1857 as Aiken County and had a spelling change of its name to the current spelling in 1872.

    Aitkin Courthouse
    GHLL Aitkin County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Aitkin County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Aitkin County Historical Society / Aitkin, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Aitkin County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Aitkin County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - County Recorder, 209 Second Street, NW, Aitkin, MN 56431.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Itasca County (north), St. Louis County (northeast), Carlton County (east), Pine
             County (southeast), Kanabec County (south), Mille Lacs County (south), Crow
                Wing County
    (southwest), Cass County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Aitkin County (Text: 1 page).


  • Anoka County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 07, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Ramsey County.
    Established:  23-May-1857
    County Seat:  Anoka, Minnesota

    County history - Anoka County takes it's name from a Dakota [Indian] word meaning "both sides".

    Anoka Courthouse
    GHLL Anoka County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Anoka County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Anoka County Genealogical Society / ANOKA, MN)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Anoka County Historical Society / Anoka, MN)
    7. US/MNGenWeb site - Anoka County Archives
    8. US/MNGenWeb - Anoka County Genealogy & History
    9. Anoka County Vital Records - Anoka Court Administration, Courthouse, 325 East Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Isanti County (north), Chisago County (northeast), Washington County (southeast),
             Ramsey County (southeast), Hennepin County (southwest), Sherburne County
             (northwest).

        Anoka County - Mortality Schedule 1860

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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Anoka county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Becker County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 2, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cass and Pembina Counties.
    Established:  18-Mar-1858
    County Seat:  Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

    County history - Becker County is named in honor of George Loomis Becker (1829-1904), former state senator and third mayor of Saint Paul (1856 1857).

    Becker Courthouse
    GHLL Becker County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Becker County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Becker County Historical Society & Museum / Detroit Lakes, MN)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Heart O' Lakes Genealogical Society / Detroit Lakes, MN)
    7. US/MNGenWeb site - Becker County Archives
    8. US/MNGenWeb - Becker County Genealogy & History
    9. Becker County Vital Records - Becker County Recorder, 915 Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 595, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Mahnomen County (north), Clearwater County (northeast), Hubbard County
             (northeast), Wadena County (southeast), Otter Tail County (south), Clay County
             (west), Norman County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1900 Census (T) - Federal Census Becker County, ED—17 (Text: 1 File).


  • Benton County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 28, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of residual St. Croix County, Wisconsin Territory [an original County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1849
    County Seat:  Foley, Minnesota

    County history - Benton County is named in honor of Thomas Hart Benton (March 14, 1782  April 10, 1858), nicknamed "Old Bullion", was a U.S. Senator from Missouri and a staunch advocate of westward expansion of the United States. He served in the Senate from 1821 to 1851, becoming the first member of that body to serve five terms. Benton was an architect and champion of westward expansion by the United States, a cause that became known as Manifest Destiny.


    Benton Courthouse
    1. Benton County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Benton County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Benton County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Benton County Historical Society & Museum / Sauk Rapids, MN)
    4. Benton County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Benton County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Benton County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Benton County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Benton County Vital Records - Benton County Recorder, 531 Dewey Street, P.O. Box 129, Foley, MN 56329.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (T) - Federal Census Benton County, Minnesota Territory (Text: 1 page).


  • Blue Earth County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 18, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Unorganized Territory, Dakota County.
    Established:  05-Mar-1853
    County Seat:  Mankato, Minnesota

    County history - Blue Earth County is named for Blue Earth River, a river that flows through Minnesota.

    Blue Earth Courthouse
    1. Blue Earth County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Blue Earth County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Blue Earth County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Blue Earth County Historical Society / Mankato, MN)
    4. Blue Earth County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Blue Earth County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Blue Earth County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Blue Earth County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Blue Earth County Vital Records - Blue Earth County License Center, Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 3524, Mankato, MN 56001-4585.


  • Carlton County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 18, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Pine and Saint Louis Counties.
    Established:  23-May-1857
    County Seat:  Carlton, Minnesota

    County history - Carlton County is named in honor of Rueben B. Carlton (1812-1863), early settler and state senator (1857-1858).

    Carlton Courthouse
    GHLL Carlton County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Carlton County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Carlton County Historical Society / Cloquet, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Carlton County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Carlton County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Carlton County Recorder, 301 Walnut, Carlton, MN 55718.
               Note:  Added comments here.

    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             St. Louis County (north and northeast), Douglas County, Wisconsin (southeast), Pine County (south), Aitkin County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Carlton County (Text: 1 page).


  • Carver County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Hennepin and Sibley Counties.
    Established:  20-Feb-1855
    County Seat:  Chaska, Minnesota

    County history - Carver County is named in honor of Jonathan Carver (April 13, 1710  January 31, 1780), early explorer and cartographer of the Mississippi river.

    Carver Courthouse
    1. Carver County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Carver County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Carver County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Carver County Historical Society & Museum / Waconia, MN)
    4. Carver County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Carver County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Carver County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Carver County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Carver County Vital Records - Property Records & Taxpayer Services Division, 600 East 4th Street, Chaska, MN 55318.

      Census Information:
    9. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Carver County (Text: 14 Files).


  • Chisago County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington and Ramsey Counties.
    Established:  01-Sep-1851
    County Seat:  Center City, Minnesota

    County history - Chisago County is named for Chisago Lake, a lake located in the county, (from the Ojibwe language Ki-chi-saga-igun (Gichi-zaaga'igan in the contemporary spelling) meaning "Big Lake-with-an-outlet," which was later shortened to Chisago).

    Chisago Courthouse
    1. Chisago County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Chisago County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Chisago County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Chisago County Historical Society / Lindstrom, MN)
    4. Chisago County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Chisago County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Chisago County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Chisago County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Chisago County Vital Records - Chisago County Recorder, Chisago County Government Center, 313 North Main Street, Center City, MN 55012.


  • Clay County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 19, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Pembina County, 1858.
    Established:  08-Mar-1862
    County Seat:  Moorhead, Minnesota

    County history - Clay County was established in 1858 as Breckenridge County, named for John C. Breckenridge, Vice President of the United States from 1857-1861. After the Civil War started, Breckenridge joined the army of the south. Pressure by Minnesota residents resulted in the State Legislature of Minnesota passing a bill on March 6, 1862, rescinding the name of Breckenridge. The county was then renamed for Henry Clay, Sr. (April 12, 1777 - June 29, 1852), who was a 19th-century American planter, statesman and orator who represented Kentucky in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker. He also served as Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829.



    Clay Courthouse
    GHLL Clay County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Clay County, MN Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County / Moorhead, MN)
    6. US/MNGenWeb site - Clay County Archives
    7. US/MNGenWeb - Clay County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Clay County Recorder, 807 11th Street North, P.O. Box 280, Moorhead, MN 56561.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Norman County (north), Becker County (east), Otter Tail County (southeast),
             Wilkin County (south), Richland County, North Dakota (southwest), Cass County,
                North Dakota
    (west).

        1905 Personal Property Tax List - Clay County Historical Society

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Clay County [previously Breckenridge County, 1858-1862] (Text: 1 page).


  • Cottonwood County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  May 3, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Dakota Indian Lands which first formed Brown County.
    Established:  23-May-1857
    County Seat:  Windom, Minnesota

    County history - Cottonwood County is named for the Cottonwood River, translated from Waraju, a Dakota name of the abundant Eastern Cottonwood trees along its banks.

    Cottonwood Courthouse
    1. Cottonwood County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Cottonwood County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Cottonwood County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Cottonwood County Historical Society / Windom, MN)
    4. Cottonwood County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Cottonwood County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Cottonwood County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Cottonwood County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Cottonwood County Vital Records - Cottonwood County Recorder, 900 Third Avenue, P.O. Box 326, Windom, MN 56101.


  • Crow Wing County, Minnesota —
    Information Updated for:  May 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Ramsey County.
    Established:  23-May-1857
    County Seat:  Brainerd, Minnesota

    County history - Crow Wing County is named for the Crow Wing River is a tributary of the Mississippi River approximately 90 miles (140 km) in length. The river arises in a chain of 10 lakes in southern Hubbard County, Minnesota and flows generally southeast, entering the Mississippi at Crow Wing State Park, northwest of Little Falls, Minnesota. Its name is a loose translation from the Ojibwe language, Gaagaagiwigwani-ziibi (Raven-feather River). A wing-shaped island at its mouth accounts for the river's name.


    Crow Wing Courthouse
    1. Crow Wing County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Crow Wing County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Crow Wing County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Crow Wing County Genealogical Society / Brainerd, MN)
    4. Crow Wing County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Crow Wing Co. Historical Soc., Museum & Lib. / Brainerd, MN)
    5. Crow Wing County - US/MNGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Crow Wing County - US/MNGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Crow Wing County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Crow Wing County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Crow Wing County Vital Records - Crow Wing County Treasurer, 326 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401.


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