Mille Lacs County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Milaca
Organized: July 31, 1866[1]
Parent County(s): Ramsey[2]
Neighboring Counties
Aitkin  • Benton  • Crow Wing  • Isanti  • Kanabec  • Morrison  • Sherburne
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Mille Lacs County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Mille Lacs County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Mille Lacs, meaning "a thousand lakes" in French. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Mille Lacs County Courthouse
635 2nd Street SE
Milaca, MN 56353
Phone: 320-983-8313
Mille Lacs County Website

County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records.
County Administrator has divorce, probate and court records. [4]

Mille Lacs 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]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1871 1868 1872 1861 1849 1875 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns
  • Brickton
  • Burnhelm Siding
  • Esteville
  • Freer
  • Johnsdale
  • Soule's Crossing
  • Stirling


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 Mille Lacs 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 73
1870 1,109 1419.2%
1880 1,501 35.3%
1890 2,845 89.5%
1900 8,066 183.5%
1910 10,705 32.7%
1920 14,180 32.5%
1930 14,076 −0.7%
1940 15,558 10.5%
1950 15,165 −2.5%
1960 14,560 −4.0%
1970 15,703 7.9%
1980 18,430 17.4%
1990 18,670 1.3%
2000 22,330 19.6%
2010 26,097 16.9%
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 Mille Lacs 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]

Crow Wing CountyAitkin CountyKanabec CountyIsanti CountySherburne CountyBenton CountyMorrison CountyMN MILLE LACS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Milaca Community Library
235 1st Street E
Milaca, MN 56353
320-983-3677
Website

Mille Lacs Lake Community Library
285 Second Ave S
PO Box 147
Isle, MN 56342
320-676-3929
Website

Princeton Area Library
100 4th Avenue S
Princeton, MN 55371
763-389-3753
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Mille Lacs County Historical Society & Depot Museum
Depot Museum
101 10th Avenue S
Princeton, MN 55371-1527
763-389-1296
Website

Milaca Museum
P O Box 144
145 S Central Ave
Milaca, MN 56353
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Milaca Area Historical Society
PO Box 144
145 Central Ave S
Milaca, MN 56353
320-983-3586
Website

Mille Lacs Lake Historical Society
PO Box 42
Isle MN 56342
320-676-3945 or 320-676-3263
E-mail: millelacs.vous@gmail.com
Website

Mille Lacs County Historical Society
101 S 10th Avenue
Princeton, MN
763-389-1296
Email: milacamuseum@gmail.com
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 2/8/2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 2/8/2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Mille Lacs County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mille_Lacs_County,_Minnesota accessed 29 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 29 January 2021.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 2/8/2021.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Mille Lacs County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mille_Lacs_County%2C_Minnesota#Communities, accessed 29 January 2021.