Aitkin County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Aitkin County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Aitkin 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 May 23, 1857
County Seat Aitkin
Minnesota, Aitken Courthouse.png
Address Aitkin County Courthouse
209 2nd Street NW
Aitkin, MN 56431-1297
Phone: 218-927-7336
Aitkin County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William Alexander Aitken, a fur trader for the American Fur Company, under John Jacob Astor. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1883 1885 1887 1885 1872 1885 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Aitkin County Government
209 2nd Street NW
Aitkin, MN 56431-1297
Phone: 218.927.218.927.7336 

Clerk District Court has birth records from 1883,
marriage records from 1885, death records from 1887,
divorce records from 1886, probate, court and
naturalization records from 1885.
County Recorder has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Crow Wing County was formed later same day from Aitkin County.
  • Named for William Alexander Aitkin, a fur trader for the American Fur Company, under John Jacob Astor.  A brief history of William Alexander Aitkin can be found on the Minnesota Historical Society Place Name page.  (Select Aitkin County.)
  • The county originally had 17 townships closest to the Mille Lacs Lake.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1857--Aitkin County was created 23 May 1857 from Pine and Ramsey Counties. County seat: Aitkin [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Sometime between 1857 and 1871, the county acquired the out-lands of Itasca and Pine Counties to its north and east.
  • The county was reorganized in 1871, taking the lands from Cass and Itasca counties and losing a point located in southwest corner to Crow Wing county.

For animated maps illustrating Minnesota County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Minnesota County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the website.

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Unorganized territories

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Carlton | Cass | Crow Wing | Itasca | Kanabec | Mille Lacs | Pine | St. Louis |

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 2
1870 178 8800.0%
1880 366 105.6%
1890 2,462 572.7%
1900 6,473 162.9%
1910 10,371 60.2%
1920 15,043 45.0%
1930 15,009 −0.2%
1940 17,865 19.0%
1950 14,327 −19.8%
1960 12,162 −15.1%
1970 11,403 −6.2%
1980 13,404 17.5%
1990 12,425 −7.3%
2000 15,301 23.1%
2010 16,202 5.9%
Source: "".

State Census

Church[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.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[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.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Aitkin County, Minnesota Genealogy. 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[edit | edit source]

Cass CountyItasca CountySt. Louis CountyCarlton CountyPine CountyKanabec CountyMille Lacs CountyCrow Wing CountyMN AITKIN.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 Aitkin County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[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 Records

Taxation[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]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Aitkin County Historical Society
    PO Box 215
    20 Pacific St
    Aitkin, MN 56431

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, "Aitken County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Aitkin 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Aitkin County, Minnesota page 362, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Aitkin County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 18 January 2020.