Kanabec County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

Kanabec County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Kanabec 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 October 12, 1858
County Seat Mora
Minnesota, Kanabec County Courthouse.png
Address Kanabec County Courthouse
18 Vine Street N
Mora, MN 55051
Phone: 320.679.6466
Kanabec County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Ojibwa word for "snake," after the Snake River. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1883 1882 1883 1882 1859 1888 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clerk District Courth has birth and death records from 1883,
marriage, divoce, and court records from 1882
and probate records from 1891.
County Recorder has land records.
Mora City Hall has burial records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1858--Kanabec County was created 12 October 1858 from Pine County but was not formally organized until 1881. It was attached for a period of time to Chisago and Pine counties. County seat: Mora [4]
  • For a brief history of how Kanabec County was named, click here, then select Kanabec County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1894 The courthouse was burned by fire in March; some records were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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

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
MNGenWeb 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 30
1870 93 210.0%
1880 505 443.0%
1890 1,579 212.7%
1900 4,614 192.2%
1910 6,461 40.0%
1920 9,086 40.6%
1930 8,558 −5.8%
1940 9,651 12.8%
1950 9,192 −4.8%
1960 9,007 −2.0%
1970 9,775 8.5%
1980 12,161 24.4%
1990 12,802 5.3%
2000 14,996 17.1%
2010 16,239 8.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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 Kanabec 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]

Aitkin CountyPine CountyChisago CountyIsanti CountyMille Lacs CountyMN KANABEC.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 Kanabec 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]

Kanabec History Center
PO Box 113
805 West Forest Avenue
Mora MN 55051-0113
Telephone: 320-679-1665

Central Minnesota Historical Center
Centennial Hall, Room 148
St. Cloud University
St. Cloud, MN 56301

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, "Kanabec County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanabec_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kanabec 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), Kanabec County, Minnesota page 365, 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, "Kanabec County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanabec_County,_Minnesota, accessed 01 February 2020.