St. Louis County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


St. Louis County, Minnesota
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 1, 1856
County Seat Duluth
Courthouse
Address St. Louis County Courthouse
100 N 5th Ave W
Duluth, MN 55802-1202
Phone: 218.726.2559
St. Louis County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for St. Louis River. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. [1]

St. Louis County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1870 1870 1859 1859 Unknown 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clerk District Court has birth, death and marriage records from 1870,
burial permits from 1938, divorce, court and land records from 1859.
County Court has probate records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1856--St. Louis County was created 1 March 1856 from Itasca County. County seat: Duluth [4]
  • For a brief history of how St. Louis County was named, click here, then select St. Louis County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1869-70 Courthouse suffered a county record loss; cause unknown.

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]

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

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 406
1870 4,561 1023.4%
1880 4,504 −1.2%
1890 44,862 896.0%
1900 82,932 84.9%
1910 163,274 96.9%
1920 206,391 26.4%
1930 204,596 −0.9%
1940 206,917 1.1%
1950 206,062 −0.4%
1960 231,588 12.4%
1970 220,693 −4.7%
1980 222,229 0.7%
1990 198,213 −10.8%
2000 200,528 1.2%
2010 200,226 −0.2%
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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

Ward and Branch Records

  • Duluth
Lutheran[edit | edit source]

First Lutheran Church, Duluth

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Duluth, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]

Orr

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Orr, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

St. Louis County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, St. Louis County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).


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, St. Louis – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for St. Louis 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 CountyItasca CountyAitkin CountyCarlton CountyLake CountyOntarioDouglas CountyMN ST LOUIS.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 St. Louis 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]

St. Louis Park Historical Society
3700 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park 55416
Website

St. Louis County Historical Society
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth 55802-1505
Website

Canosia Historical Society
5762 N Pike Lake Rd
Duluth, MN 55811
Telephone: 218-729-8963
Website

Range Genealogical Society
PO Box 388
Chisholm MN 55719-0388
Telephone: 218-254-7959
Website

Twin Ports Genealogical Society
PO Box 16895
Duluth MN 55816-0895


Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Duluth, Minnesota
E-mail:edwardcnewman@juno.com
Website

The ‘DAR’ is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American History, and securing America’s future through better education for children. If you live in northern Minnesota or northwest Wisconsin and you think you might have a Revolutionary War Patriot in your family tree please contact this organization. They can assist you in filling out your application to be a member of the DAR.

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, "St. Louis County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_County,_Minnesota accessed 15 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), St. Louis 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), St Louis County, Minnesota page 368, 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, "St. Louis County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 20 February 2020.
  6. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.