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

County Facts
County seat: Carlton
Organized: May 23, 1857
Parent County(s): Pine, St. Louis
Neighboring Counties
Aitkin  • Douglas (WI)  • Pine  • St. Louis
See County Maps
Minnesota, Carlton Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Carlton County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Reuben B. Carlton. The County is located in the east central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Carlton County Courthouse
PO Box 190
301 Walnut Avenue
Carlton, MN 55718
Phone: 218-384-9578

Carlton County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate, court, land and naturalization records from 1972. [2]

Carlton 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1872 1872 1872 1872 1872 1872 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]

Populated Places
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
Census-designated places
Unorganized territories

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 Carlton 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.
1870 286 Expression error: Unexpected * operator.
1880 1230

St. Louis, Carlton

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1890 Expression error: Unexpected * operator.
1900 10,017 Expression error: Unexpected * operator.
1910 17,559 75.3%
1920 19,391 10.4%
1930 21,232 9.5%
1940 24,212 14.0%
1950 24,584 1.5%
1960 27,932 13.6%
1970 28,072 0.5%
1980 29,936 6.6%
1990 29,259 −2.3%
2000 31671

St. Louis, Carlton

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2010 3* 1870-1899 WEB: Minnesota, St. Louis County, Death Index, 1870-1899 at Ancestry (Free)86 Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "'".
Source: "". St. Louis, Carlton

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Carlton 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 CountySt. Louis CountyPine CountyDouglas CountyMN CARLTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

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

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Carlton County Historical Society
    406 Cloquet Avenue
    Cloquet, MN 55720-1750
    Phone: 218-879-1938
  • Genealogical Society Of Carlton County
    PO Box 204
    Cloquet, MN 55720
  • Moose Lake Area Historical Society
    PO Box 235
    900 Folz Blvd
    Moose Lake, MN 55767-0235
  • Northeast Minnesota Historical Center
    University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Library 375
    Duluth, MN 55812

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Carlton County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Carlton County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 22 January 2020.