Kanabec County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Mora
Organized: November 4, 1881[1]
Parent County(s): Pine[2]
Neighboring Counties
Aitkin  • Chisago  • Isanti  • Mille Lacs  • Pine
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Kanabec County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Kanabec County Map.svg.png
Adoption

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.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Kanabec County Courthouse
18 Vine St N
Mora, MN 55051
Phone: 320-679-6400
Kanabec County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1883, marriage, divorce, and court records from 1882 and probate records from 1891.
County Recorder has land records.
Mora City Hall has burial records. [4]

Kanabec 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]
Marriage 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.

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:

Boundary Changes[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:[9]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


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 Kanabec 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.
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 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.

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 Kanabec 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]

Aitkin CountyPine CountyChisago CountyIsanti CountyMille Lacs CountyMN KANABEC.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil Wars

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

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 Kanabec County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Kanabec County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

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

East Central Regional Library
Main Library
111 Dellwood St N
Cambridge, MN 55008
Mora Branch
200 Maple Ave W
Mora, MN 55051
320-679-2642
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Kanabec History Center
PO Box 113
805 W Forest Ave
Mora, MN 55051-0113
320-679-1665
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Kanabec County Historical Society
PO Box 113
805 W Forest Ave
Mora, MN 55051-0113
320-679-1665
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 Library; accessed 1/25/2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/25/2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Kanabec County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanabec_County,_Minnesota accessed 18 January 2021
  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. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/25/2021.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/25/2021.
  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, "Kanabec County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanabec_County,_Minnesota, accessed 18 January 2021.