Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Guide to Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Lake of the Woods County
Location in the state of Minnesota, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 28, 1922
County Seat Baudette
Courthouse
Address Lake of the Woods County Courthouse
206 SE 8th Ave
PO Box 808
Baudette, MN 56623
Phone: 218.634.1902
Lake of the Woods County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Lake of the Woods. The County is located in the north central area of the state. [1]

Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1923 1923 1923 1923 1896 1923 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

 

County Administration has birth, marriage,
death, divorce and court records from 1923. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1922--Lake of the Woods County was created 28 November 1922 from Beltrami County.  County seat: Baudette [4]
  • For a brief history of how Lake of the Woods County was named, click here, then select Lake of the Woods 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:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Islands
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 Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
MNInterment
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 4,194
1940 5,975 42.5%
1950 4,955 −17.1%
1960 4,304 −13.1%
1970 3,987 −7.4%
1980 3,764 −5.6%
1990 4,076 8.3%
2000 4,522 10.9%
2010 4,045 −10.5%
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:

MINNESOTA, Lake of the Woods – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lake of the Woods 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]

Koochiching CountyBeltrami CountyRoseau CountyManitobaOntarioMN LAKE OF THE WOODS.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 Lake of the Woods 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 State Registrar 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]

Lake Of The Woods County Historical Society
206 8th Avenue SE
Suite 150
Baudette MN 56623
Museum
119 8th Ave SE
Baudette MN,
Telephone: 218-634-1200
Website

North Central Minnesota Historical Center
The A. C. Clark Library
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #28
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
Telephone: 218-755-3342
Website


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 Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_of_the_Woods_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lake of the Woods 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), Lake of the Woods 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, "Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_of_the_Woods_County,_Minnesota, accessed 03 February 2020.